Design for Print: Stand Out with Specialty Printing Techniques Premium class

Ross Moody, Maker & Entrepreneur

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11 Videos (1h 49m)
    • 4 Color vs. Spot Color Printing

      6:15
    • Letterpress & Silkscreen Printing

      10:47
    • Offset & Digital Printing

      6:36
    • Paper & Printing Materials

      7:29
    • Specialty Techniques I

      11:34
    • Specialty Techniques II

      14:46
    • Budget Minded Production Tips

      11:15
    • Think Outside the Box

      7:06
    • Refine Your Sketch

      5:20
    • From Paper To Computer

      12:25
    • Pre-Press Introduction

      15:33

About This Class

Hello! My name is Ross Moody (owner of 55 Hi's) and I am excited to welcome you to my Skillshare class “Design for Print” where we will be exploring printing and finishing techniques available to add visual impact to your print designs.

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We're going to be creating a business card where traditionally speaking, specialty techniques can really help your brand look professional and stand out in a sea of inkjet blandness.

What You'll Learn

  • Print Methods. We will cover everything from Letterpress to Offset printing methods and the pros and cons of what each method brings.
  • Specialty Techniques. This is where the magic happens. Here we will learn all the specialty printing techniques you can utilize in your project to help add some visual impact. We will also be covering an introduction to paper as well as a section on some money saving tips you can use while setting up your files.
  • Concepting. Here we will get started creating our business card and I will cover my normal workflow for sketching out ideas while keeping printing techniques and budget in mind. I will also elaborate on my process for generating ideas and a little of how I work.
  • Design. You’ll learn how to bring your ideas to the computer and how versatile printing techniques are in the production of your design.
  • Pre-Press. You’ll learn an introduction to prepressing your files for print and some common standards for communicating with a printer. There will also be a large resources section for further investigation.

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What You'll Make

I'll walk you through my typical workflow from concept to creation where I'll introduce some techniques I use to generate ideas and we'll will finish with some standard procedures for prepping files for print when working with a specialty printer as well as a collection of resources you can use for further investigation.

Also, since it's a recurring problem I've faced for most of my career so far, I'm going to be placing an emphasis throughout the course on working within a budget for yourself or clients. I'll introduce a few ways you can use some printing tricks to get the most bang for your buck while setting up your jobs.

  • Deliverable. You'll design a unique business card that will be ready to send to printers.
  • Brief. Will you design a business card for yourself, a brand, or a client? How will your design visually communicate the services provided? What type of print method, paper stock, ink, and card shape will you use? Which printer will best suit the craft and budget of your final product?
  • Collaboration. Ask your fellow classmates for their feedback. Trade card concepts, or design a card for each others' brand.  
  • Specs. Your final product will be an Adobe Illustrator (or Photoshop) file of your card design complete with production notes for your printer.

105 of 105 students recommendSee All

Great intro guide to specialty printing! This is the kind of technical knowledge that I value from SkillShare.
Daniela Madriz

Branding and UI Designer

Incredibly informative class! Something I've been looking for since I started freelance designing. My biggest unanswered questions pertained to working with printers and prepping docs in a way that would create a smooth transition for them. Everything Ross shares is meaningful and beneficial, I would imagine, both to beginners and experienced designers!
Steve Mizer

HoverSpork.com

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Ross Moody

Maker & Entrepreneur

Hi, my name is Ross Moody and I am a maker with an affinity towards typography and making things with my hands. I've been working as a full time designer for the man since graduating college in 2009 and I spend every other waking minute trying to make things people enjoy.

I started a small stationery brand called 55 Hi's in 2008 where I create and sell specialty paper products that make people smile, and in 2013 I started a Limited Edition Glass Company called Madison Glass Co. that infuses my interest in Sign Painting with my love of all things limited edition.

I'm currently building my street cred in East Harlem, NY with my girlfriend and resident stinky dog, Madison. I eat pizza every day and I like train rides. 

For more information about my ideas check out www.55his.com or www.madisonglassco.com or come say hi on Twitter.