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16 Videos (1h 34m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Class Project

    • How this class works

    • Why is printing confusing?

    • Printers: An Overview

    • Color: An Overview

    • The Ideal Life of a Printed Piece

    • The Artwork Guidelines Checklist

    • Resolution & Dimension

    • Color Modes & Profiles

    • Bleeds, Trim, and Safe Areas

    • Assessing and Applying Color

    • Fonts & Transparencies

    • Exporting

    • After Submitting the Job

    • Thank You!


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

19 of 19 students recommendSee All

This was invaluable. I think I finally get bleeds. Lol Have to watch it all again.
Dylan gives a thorough course in printing that I've learned even more then I already knew from many moons ago. Digital color separating is a whole different beast so thank you Dylan for breaking it all down and giving us tools to check our work before expensive mistakes show up on press.
Kathleen Ruhl

Surface Pattern Design | Graphic Design





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator | Sewist | INFJ

My name's Dylan and I'm a strange combination of creative endeavors. From mixing cereals and making sand art as a kid, to graphic design, illustration, sewing, and general craft enthusiasm as an adult, creating and making beautiful things has not only been my constant, but an obsession. With an everlasting love of learning and trying things with my own hands, I've found joy in sharing what I've learned along the way in my six years as a professional graphic designer turned ill...

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