Fall 2020

File Prep



VC 246 File Prep
Chemeketa Community College

Taught remotely Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM (CRN #37363 & #37364)

Fall 2020 • Three credits
Building 4/229 (on-campus sessions)

Course website: https://hoelter.chemeketa.vc/vc246/

Instructor: Peter Hoelter

Contact Information

Phone/Voicemail: 503.399.6475
Office Location: Building 4/221C (not on campus fall term)
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30 AM–12:30 PM; Tuesdays 11:30 AM–12:30 PM. By appointment only.

Course Description

Builds knowledge of readying digital files for offset printing. Presents common file problems and their solutions, including issues with page geometry, vector and raster files, application of color, font use, PDF files, and final proofing and output.


VC224 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.


VC225 Layout 2: Intermediate Page Design


Adobe InDesign CC • Adobe Photoshop CC • Adobe Illustrator CC • Acrobat Pro DC

Student Evaluation

The class is comprised primarily of classroom instruction reinforced by ongoing in-class (Labs) and out-of-class (Homework) exercises, and in-depth projects, all of which count toward the final grade. There will be two exams, which will test for mastery of the techniques covered during the preceding class periods. Also contributing to your grade are Layout Reviews—one-on-one or group reviews of layout files. These reviews are scored and count towards your final grade in this course. In addition, in-class participation and student professional conduct will be evaluated and contribute to your final grade.

Performance Based Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the various types of offset printing processes.
  2. Prepare and troubleshoot files for output offset printing.
  3. Prepare digital layout and graphic files for print in-line with current industry standards.
  4. Use vector & raster art according to industry standards in documents to be printed on an offset press.
  5. Discuss the various models of digital colors and color management, and apply them to digital images for both print and web.
  6. Analyze and create PDF files for soft proofing, digital distribution, or offset press output.
  7. Send files to a print provider with all necessary components and instructions.
  8. Select paper and finishing options for commercial printing.
  9. Work and communicate with others in a graphic arts production environment.

Required Texts

There are no required texts for this class. A list of related and reference texts can be found on the References section of the course website.

Required Materials

  • Cloud storage service to save and retain class work
  • Money deposited onto your Chemeketa Papercut account
  • Notebook and pen

Grading :: Points

800 points are available in this class.

Course Component Points %
(9 at 20 points each; 1 at 40 points)
220 points 28%
Lab Participation
(3 at 10 points each)
30 points 4%
Projects & Layout Reviews 350 points 43%
(2 at 100 points)
200 points 25%

Grading :: Scale

Grade Level Point Range Standard Grade Points
A 90-100% 720 – 800 Excellent 4.0
B 80-89% 640 – 719 Very Capable 3.0
C 70-79% 560 – 639 Competent 2.0
D 60-69% 480 – 559 Limited Success 1.0
F 0-59% 479 and lower Failure 0.0
I Incomplete – granted only under extenuating circumstances and
must be discussed before the last week of class.

Late Work

All assigned exercises and projects are due either at the beginning of class (in the case of homework exercises and projects) or at the end of class (in the case of lab exercises) as specified by the course calendar. Late course work will be accepted only for partial credit. Exercise and project grades will be reduced by 20% (two letter grades) for each class period the assignment is late. Points for missed lab exercises can only be made up outside of class and only for partial credit. Course work more than two class periods late is accepted, but will only be marked as “Completed” and will not have a point value. You will not be able to make up missed quizzes or exams.

An extension due to extenuating circumstances such as health or other personal problems can be obtained by receiving permission from the instructor, either prior to or after the fact, by submitting appropriate written documentation to the college or by contacting the instructor directly. Please refer to the Chemeketa Community College guidelines for further information.

Attendance and Participation

Class attendance is an important part of the course experience. Much of the course content is only available by attending class. You are responsible for obtaining any notes that you missed during an absence, either from a classmate or from the class website. Participation in class discussions, labs, and student professionalism are all factored into your classroom grade.

If you must miss a class, please notify me, either by e-mail or in person, prior to class so arrangements can be made.

Face-to-Face Classes

While this course is delivered primarily remotely, there will be some scheduled on-campus, face-to-face class sessions. These are held in order to provide students access to key tools and on-campus resources, and to facilitate educational experiences that simply cannot be replicated through the remote format. Your instructor has carefully considered which course content will be delivered in these class sessions, taking into consideration both the student’s need for a quality educational experience, and the health and safety of the student and their families.

Face-to-face sessions are not an optional part of this course. You must make every effort to attend on-campus sessions that are required of you. A complete list of on-campus class sessions can be found in the class calendar.

If you are unable to attend please communicate with your instructor at the beginning of the term. You can also request an accommodation if you cannot attend face-to-face classes. Please contact Student Accessibility Services (503.399.5192, website) as soon as possible to work with them to create a personalized accommodations plan.

On-campus schedule classes for this class are:

  • Tuesday, October 27th (Week 05)
  • Tuesday, November 3rd (Week 06)
  • Thursday, December 3rd (Week 10)

Class session recordings

Class sessions may recorded and made available on our course site on eLearn. This will be both an audio and a visual recording. This means: if you participate with your video on or use a profile picture, you are agreeing to have your video and/or image recorded. if you participate by speaking, you are agreeing to have your voice recorded. if you participate by making comments in the chat feature, you are agreeing to have your name and comments recorded. If you do not want your profile or video image recorded, turn off your video and remove your profile image. If you do not want your voice recorded, mute your microphone. If you do not want your name and comment(s) recorded, do not use the chat feature. If you are unable to communicate with me during the class meeting due to your wish not to be recorded, please contact me to make other arrangements.

Lab Policies

Cell phones must be turned to silent mode during class. If a call must be answered, take the call outside of the classroom and student work spaces. Lab workstations should only be used for class work—Web browsing, e-mail, game play, video-watching, messaging and other non-class related computer activities should be reserved for other computers on campus. Expect the lab computers to be turned off during certain lectures throughout the quarter. No food or drink is allowed in the computer labs. Refer to the Visual Communications Student Policies & Resources document for a complete list of lab guidelines.

Academic Honesty

Learning is built on the fundamental qualities of honesty, fairness, respect and trust. At Chemeketa Community College, academic integrity is a shared endeavor characterized by academic honesty, personal responsibility and high academic standards. Any violation of academic integrity devalues the individual and the community as a whole. One important aspect of academic integrity is academic honesty. Violations of academic honesty include: Plagiarism, Collusion/Inappropriate Assistance, Cheating, Fabrication/Falsification/Alteration, Unauthorized Multiple Submission, Sabotage, and Tampering. A student who violates academic honesty will be subject to disciplinary action according to Students Rights and Responsibilities.

Visit the Academic Honesty website for additional information on college policies, and violation penalties.


We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

Student Accessibility Services

Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty, and Student Accessibility Services. If you have already been approved for accommodations and requested them for this term, both you and I receive a Letter of Accommodation by e-mail. It is important that we discuss the accommodations as early in the term as possible. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through Student Accessibility Services should phone 503.399.5192, visit the office in Building 2/174, or visit the Student Accessibility Services website.

Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Chemeketa Community College and its Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, pregnancy and related conditions, family relationship, veteran’s status, disabilities and tobacco usage in any educational programs, activities or employment.
Persons having questions about equal opportunity/affirmative action should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon 97309-7070, or call 503.399.4784. To request this publication in an alternative format, please call 503.399.5192.

Advising and Counseling

Academic advising is available for any Chemeketa student and is required for all first year, degree or certificate seeking students. Meeting with an advisor can help clarify your academic and life goals, choose classes that prepared you for a career, and/or identify transfer options. Instructors are also available to discuss class, degree, and career options.

Salem Student Services & Resources

College Address

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, Oregon 97309