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16 Lessons (1h 34m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      0:39
    • 2. Class Project

      0:40
    • 3. How this class works

      1:31
    • 4. Why is printing confusing?

      3:25
    • 5. Printers: An Overview

      11:06
    • 6. Color: An Overview

      14:46
    • 7. The Ideal Life of a Printed Piece

      1:37
    • 8. The Artwork Guidelines Checklist

      9:35
    • 9. Resolution & Dimension

      4:09
    • 10. Color Modes & Profiles

      4:28
    • 11. Bleeds, Trim, and Safe Areas

      4:55
    • 12. Assessing and Applying Color

      22:27
    • 13. Fonts & Transparencies

      2:43
    • 14. Exporting

      6:05
    • 15. After Submitting the Job

      4:56
    • 16. Thank You!

      0:58
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About This Class

If you’ve ever finished a beautiful piece of digital work only to hold a dimmer, duller, less awesome version in your hand after printing, this class may be for you! Although printing something can be as easy as hitting “Command + P” on your keyboard, the process of printing is very technical, highly specialized, and varies from print shop to print shop, so it makes sense there’d be some confusion! In this class I try to break down the mystery into manageable, applicable bits so that you can start sending your work to the printer and loving the results. Here’s what I cover:

  • What makes printing confusing
  • Types of printing services and print shops
  • Color gamuts, models, spaces and profiles, as well as the difference between spot and process colors, and how to apply them (yes, I talk about Pantone guides!)
  • The ideal life of a printed project
  • How to setup your files in both Photoshop and Illustrator for great results, and also how to review your files in Adobe Acrobat
  • How to facilitate design work between a client and a print shop, and how to handle expectations, mistakes, and challenges