SRJC Course Outlines

7/31/2021 2:41:39 AMGD 57 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  GD 57Title:  GETTING IT PRINTED  
Full Title:  Getting It Printed: Digital Prepress and Print Production
Last Reviewed:9/14/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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A course designed to prepare the graphic design student for dealing with the prepress and print production process. The student will learn the skills needed to create accurate files for printing using a variety of processes, learn skills necessary to communicate and work with prepress vendors and printing firms, and choose wherever appropriate printing solutions that support sustainability and environmental concerns.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of GD 54


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A course designed to prepare the graphic design student for dealing with the prepress and print production process. The student will learn the skills needed to create accurate files for printing using a variety of processes, learn skills necessary to communicate and work with prepress vendors and printing firms, and choose wherever appropriate printing solutions that support sustainability and environmental concerns.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of GD 54
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable

Approval and Dates
Version:02Course Created/Approved: 5/11/2009
Version Created:12/6/2011Course Last Modified:10/13/2020
Submitter:Carmen SheldonCourse Last Full Review:9/14/2020
Version Status:Approved Changed CoursePrereq Created/Approved:9/14/2020
Version Status Date:4/14/2014Semester Last Taught:Spring 2019
Version Term Effective:Fall 2014Term Inactive:Fall 2021


COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Create professionally formatted files on the computer appropriate for print production and prepress.
2.  Create specifications for a variety of printing processes for the appropriate vendors and print production professionals.
3.  Create and apply profiles for basic desktop printers and computer systems, calibrate desktop monitors and manipulate Photoshop files for reliable color output for print design.
4.  Communicate knowledgeably with printers and prepress professionals with reference to printing techniques and set-ups.  
5.  Choose appropriate printing solutions that support sustainability and environmental concerns.
 

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Outline the prepress and print production process.
2. Set up a workspace with the correct equipment for print production and prepress graphic design environment.
3. Choose appropriate printing processes for different applications.
4. Create professional two-color with duotones and three and four color digital files ready for print using Indesign and Photoshop.
5. Produce files containing correctly tone targeted images, appropriate line screens, dot shapes, and correct screen angles using Photoshop and InDesign.
6. Analyze images for quality, calculate correct scanning resolutions using industry formulas for them and retouch them in Photoshop if necessary.
7. Create and apply profiles for basic desktop printers and computer systems, calibrate desktop monitors and manipulate Photoshop files for reliable color output for print design.
8. Create files in Indesign and Illustrator with simple traps applied.
9. Identify the most common types of folds, scores, perforations, and binding and be able to specify these processes correctly for the printer
10. Identify the common specialty processes: embossing, die cutting, foil stamping, screen printing, special coatings, metallic inks, thermography and be able to set up files correctly to produce these techniques.
11. Create dielines and artwork for specialty process in Illustrator for a 3-D package.
12. Create correctly imposed files for offset printing in Indesign.
13. Separate files correctly.
14. Correctly preflight files for the prepress service and printer.
15. Identify common proofing methods in print production such as hard proofs, soft proofs, and press checks.

Topics and Scope
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1. Exploring the prepress and print production process
   a. Setting up for prepress and print production
   b. Equipment
   c. Workspace
2. Evaluating various printing processes and their specific uses for printing
   a. Letterpress
   b. Offset lithography
   c. Gravure
   d. Flexography
   e. Screenprinting
   f. Digital Devices
3. Understanding spot color
   a. Specifying spot color
   b. Duotones, tritones, and quadtone
   c. Separations    
4. Planning print production in Photoshop and InDesign
   a. Tone targeted images
   b. Line screens
   c. Dot shapes
   d. Screen angles
   e. Fonts
   f. Packaged files
5. Analyzing, scanning and retouching images
   a. Determining quality
   b. Calculating correct scanning resolutions for flat art
   c. Using industry formulas for scanning images
   d. Retouching images in Photoshop
6. Creating and applying profiles, calibrating desktop monitors, and color correcting images
   a. Applying device specific profiles
   b. Calibrating desktop monitors
   c. Manipulating Photoshop files for reliable color output
7. Implementing simple trapping
    a. Understanding what trapping does
   b. Applying traps in Illustrator
   c. Applying traps in InDesign
8. Identifying and specifying the most common bindery applications
    a. Folds
   b. Scores
   c. Perforations
   d. Binding
9. Identifying and specifying the most common specialty processes
    a. Embossing
   b. Die cutting
   c. Foil stamping
   d. Screenprinting
   e. Special coatings
   f. Metallic inks
   g. Thermography
10. Creating die lines and specialty process files for 3-D package
    a. Creating die lines with the pen tool in Illustrator
    b. Creating artwork for embossing, foil stamping, screen printing, special coatings, metallic inks and thermography
    c. Creating proper specifications for die lines embossing, foil stamping, screen printing, special coatings, metallic inks and thermography      
11.  Using imposition for efficiently
    a. Understanding print sheet sizes
    b. Understanding work and turn and work and tumble
    c. Understanding signatures
    d. Setting up imposed files in InDesign
12. Working with vendors
    a. Communicating with vendors: in person. over the phone, on the internet
     b. Preparing prepress forms correctly
    c. Preparing files correctly for preflight
    d. Choosing proper substrates and methods of reproduction that support sustainability and environmental concerns
13. Identifying common proofing methods
    a. Soft proofs
    b. Hard proofs
    c. Press checks

Assignments:
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1. Thirteen graphic design assignments focusing on the following prepress and print production skills:
   a. Exploring the prepress and print production process
   b. Evaluating various printing processes and their specific uses for printing
   c. Understanding spot color
   d. Planning print production in Photoshop and InDesign
   e. Analyzing, scanning and retouching images
   f. Creating and applying profiles, calibrating desktop monitors, and color correcting images
   g. Implementing simple trapping
   h. Identifying and specifying the most common bindery applications
    i. Identifying and specifying the most common specialty processes
    j. Creating die lines and specialty process files for 3-D package
   k. Using imposition for efficiently
   l. Working with vendors
   m. Identifying common proofing methods   
2. 8-10 online quizzes over reading material
3. Group project: such as creating a playing card deck that is printed in 2 colors
4. Individual project: such as a 3-D package with specialty process specifications
5. Individual project: such as an invitation and promotional materials for event that is printed in 2 colors
6. 12-17 worksheets
7. Final Exam
8. Reading approximately 10 pages per week

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course and this course includes essay exams that fulfil the writing component of the course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
1. Group project: creating playing card deck 2. Individual project: 3-D package 3. Individual project: such as an invitation
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
13 graphic design assignments focusing on prepress and production skills.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
8-10 online quizzes and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation: 12-17 worksheets


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Guide to Graphic Print Production by Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg and Robert Ryberg; 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2011

OTHER REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Student Preparation
 Matric Assessment Required:XExempt From Assessment
 Prerequisites-generate description:AAuto-Generated Text
 Advisories-generate description:NANo Advisory
 Prereq-provisional:NNO
 Prereq/coreq-registration check:YPrerequisite Rules Exist
 Requires instructor signature:NInstructor's Signature Not Required
   
BASIC INFORMATION, HOURS/UNITS & REPEATABILITY
 Method of instruction:02Lecture
 71Internet-Based, Simultaneous Interaction
 72Internet-Based, Delayed Interaction
 Area department:CSComputer Studies
 Division:72Arts & Humanities
 Special topic course:NNot a Special Topic Course
 Program Status:1Both Certificate and Major Applicable
 Repeatability:00Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
 Repeat group id:  
   
SCHEDULING
 Audit allowed:NNot Auditable
 Open entry/exit:NNot Open Entry/Open Exit
 Credit by Exam:NCredit by examination not allowed
 Budget code: Program:0000Unrestricted
 Budget code: Activity:0702Graphic Design
   
OTHER CODES
Disciplines:Graphic Arts
 Basic Skills:NNot a Basic Skills Course
 Level below transfer:YNot Applicable
 CVU/CVC status:NNot Distance Ed
 Distance Ed Approved:YExclusively online or other technology based instruction
 Emergency Distance Ed Approved:YFully Online
Partially Online
Online with flexible in-person activities
 Non-credit category:YNot Applicable, Credit Course
 Classification:YCareer-Technical Education
 SAM classification:CClearly Occupational
 TOP code:1030.00Graphic Art and Design
 Work-based learning:NDoes Not Include Work-Based Learning
 DSPS course:NNO
 In-service:NNot an in-Service Course

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