Recommended for those with no graphic design training and no knowledge of the print process, this course will introduce you to terminology and basic principles you will need to understand before attending one of our software application training courses.
Experience of the Windows or Macintosh operating system.
A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.
Design for Print
- Understanding paper sizes and ISO standards
- Imposition and bleed
- Colour models
- Making sure your documents meet the requirements for commercial printing
- Understanding type size, what are picas and points
- Parts of a typeface, cap height, x height, ascenders, descenders, ligatures, font families and classification
- Good typographic practise, tracking and kerning, avoiding widows and orphans
- The correct way for inputing text in Microsoft Word for importing into a page layout programme.
- Understanding basic image terminology
- Understanding resolution, scaling and cropping
- Procedures involved in preparing images for commercial printing
- How to brief suppliers to ensure best image quality
- Image file types and formats
Preparing Artwork for Commercial Print
- Native files or PDFs
- Pre-press checks to avoid costly corrections and mistakes
- Print production processes; litho or digital; what to consider for different processes
- Design for web
- Important considerations when designing for the Web
- Web page formats; image file format
- Which Software Application to Use
- A brief overview of the software applications used by graphic design professionals
- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash) QuarkXPress
- Macintosh and Windows cross-platform issues