Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

CA 143 - Prepress And Digital Printing (4)

  • Prerequisite: CA 123 and CA 132

CA majors only. Prepress and Digital Printing focuses on correcting and printing composited page layout files. Emphasis is on the preparation of the mechanical to successfully output to a digital device. Topics include color management, preflighting, printing, line conversion, full color separation, as well as hard and soft proofi ng. Students may enroll 2 times for a maximum of 8 credits.

4 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CA 143, the student will be able to:

  • Understand imagesetter technology.
  • Understand direct imaging technologies
  • Produce scanned files.
  • Translate files from DOS to Mac formats, DOS to UNIX, etc )
  • Understand electronic imposition.
  • Produce files that have been preflight and packaged.
  • Understand basic halftone theory.
  • Produce special effects: mezzotint, posterization, etc.
  • Understand dot gain and dot loss; duotone copy and basic production procedures; spreads & chokes; and trapping.
  • Understand the full color process.
  • Understand color theory as it applies to color separations, proofing, and printing inks.
  • Understand color management policies, settings, and profiles.
  • Produce digital proofs.
  • Understand color proofing systems: advantages, disadvantages, and differences.
  • Understand finishing and binding.
  • Understand safety issues and concerns as well as safe work habits in workflow operations.

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