Print Production for Designers

Print Production for Designers

Great print design is a combination of visual appeal and technical precision. Print Production for Designers will reveal the lifecycle of a printed job and explore what it takes to design and build files that print, fold, trim, and finish properly. The good news is you don't need to be an expert prepress press operator--you only need to know some core production concepts, software tips and tricks, and what questions to ask your printer. Using real-world, visual examples and hands-on exercise files, take your designs to the next level by considering the most critical aspects of print production as you create your next job.

Time to complete: 2 hours for the course and knowledge assessments.

You will learn:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Types of printing processes and products
  • Specifying the project
  • Color spaces, communication, and ink selection
  • Pixels, dots, and image resolution
  • Dealing with fonts
  • Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat print production tools
  • Creating perfect PDFs
  • How to collaborate on a press check

Who will benefit most:

  • CSRs
  • Prepress technicians
  • Designers, creatives
  • Your clients

Printers--put this course to work for you! Improperly designed files are a headache for printers and waste time and money for you and your clients. PIA printer members can use Print Production for Designers to educate clients, designers, and creatives on how to properly prepare files to build a smooth working relationship from design to finished product. This option to purchase is for PIA printer members only. Here's how it works:

  1. Visit the PIA store to purchase Print Production for Designers--Client Login (only $29/client).
  2. We'll reach out to you to obtain your client's contact information.
  3. We'll register your clients in the course, then provide you with login instructions to share. They have 60 days to complete the course.

Joe Marin

Joe Marin
Printing Industries of America

Joe Marin is Vice President, Education and Training for Printing Industries of America. Joe is one of the industry's leading voices on digital technologies, including all things related to succeeding in a digital print environment. He is a veteran speaker at GRAPH EXPO and other venues on color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, and business-related issues. Joe also develops, presents, and consults on integrated print technologies such as augmented reality, mobile website development, and search engine optimization and marketing. Joe has developed custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers and managed both the NPES Teachers Update and Conference. He is the author of the Prepress Skills Training Program, Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and co-author of The PDF Print Production Guide, all published by Printing Industries Press.

Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Joe was a production solutions consultant with Konica Minolta, and in a former role, manager of training programs for PIA. Joe also worked in the prepress departments of several Pittsburgh-area printing companies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania.