Prepress and Press
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 265
Course Name: Prepress and Press
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. To identify the terminology, process tools and production options encountered in the world of publishing on the computer.
C. To make separations electronically, trap and match colors.
D. To explain how electronic pages are most efficiently brought to press.
E. To calibrate a system from monitor to print.
F. To explain the role of color perception and instrumentation in quality control.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. History of Printing
a. Ancient printing
b. Printing in the East
c. Printing in the West
d. Printing presses
e. Book illustration
f. Type faces, steel presses and type setting machines
2. Types of printing
i) Offset principles
ii) Offset theory
b. Relief printing
ii) Photo plates
i) Cylinders and runs
d. Screen printing
i) Silk screen
ii) Devices and surfaces
e. Electronic printing processes
i) Electrophotographic printing
iii) Microcapsule printing
iv) Thermal sublimation and wax transfer
1. Color systems
c. CIE system
d. Color of correcting
i) Gray scale balance
ii) Printing ink setup
iii) File size and speed
b. Output resolution
i) Formula of shades of gray
ii) Sizing and resolution
iii) Number of pixels and resolution
a. How scanners work
iv) CD ROM
b. Measurement - 8 bit, 24 bit systems
d. File formats
4. Tonal scales
a. Original versus the printed page
b. Logarithmic density scale
c. Gamma values
a. Four color
b. Screen frequency
d. Screen angle
f. Electronic halftones and output
i) Agfa balanced system
ii) Adobe screening
a. File and printer
b. Orientation and page size
c. Assignment of color
d. Overprint and trap
e. Crop marks
f. Saving and separation options
b. Software calibration
d. Image setter
e. Printing plates and proofs
a. Setting colors and knockout
b. Constructing artwork with a trap
9. Duotones, tritones, and quadtones
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
C. Complete assigned exercises and print work.
D. Final Exam.
IX. Instructional Materials
B. Blank CD-Rs
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Quizzes 25%
B. Critiques 25%
C. Final Exam 25%
D. Final Critique 25%
Multiple choice quizzes will be administered at the first three critiques. Critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feedback on the work presented. There will be four critiques including the final.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the ASSIST office in the Learning Center. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.