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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!

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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

99 of 99 students recommendSee All

This is an AMAZING class!! Dylan Mierzwinski​ is so thorough and clear explaining all the possibilities and options when setting up one's document for printing. My head is swimming with information, and this is definitely a class that I will rewatch many times to absorb more of her sage recommendations. For anyone wading into the freelance and printing world I HIGHLY recommend this class!! Thank you Dylan <3
I'm an experienced graphic designer, and I've hated print from the danged start (literally went into web design because of it, like a champ). This class offers context that explains away information gaps in a clear, concise manner. It doesn't hand-wave away the "why's" and "how's." That's super appreciated. It helps that the teacher is absolutely lovely. She's got a knack for explaining things clearly without over explaining. I like how long the class was, too. It let each subject breathe as-needed, and didn't feel over-rushed. Definitely would recommend both the class and the educator. Wonderful work!
Very good if you have a little bit of basic knowledge in graphic design and print





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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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