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Design and Production Overview

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One Day Course

Classroom Based


This course is designed for those working in publishing who do not regularly use design or page layout programs but need an overview of what these programs do and how they fit into the process of digital production.

The course will give you increased confidence when dealing with designers, printers and publishers and will demystify the often confusing terminology involved giving you a good grounding in the basic principles and process of digital design and production.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • An overview of the digital production process
    • Planning a document
    • How programs work together
    • An overview of Adobe Bridge

    An overview of professional publishing software
    • What do Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress actually do?
    • How are they different?
    • Creating a simple page layout
    • Importing text from a word processing program
    • Importing an image
    • Using the basic text features

    An overview of Illustrator
    • What does Illustrator actually do?
    • Creating a simple vector graphic
    • Understanding vector-based illustrations

    • Everything you wanted to know about fonts but were afraid to ask
  • An overview of Photoshop
    • What does Photoshop actually do?
    • Scanning an image
    • Cropping an image
    • Exporting images from Photoshop

    Demystifying terminology
    • Different file formats - EPS, TIFF, PDF, RAW, JPEG etc
    • Understanding image resolution
    • The relationship between resolution and image size
    • What does digital proofing mean?
    • What are pixels and vectors?
    • What is a clipping path?
    • Understanding transparency
    • Estimating production time

    Printing considerations
    • What problems can occur when digital artwork is sent to bureau?
    • What does Adobe Acrobat do?
    • Common problems
    • A print checklist

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20771
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.6%

  Recent Feedback

"Thorough explanations in all as aspects of the course! Great!"

"Well organised, enjoyable, informative tutor"

"Great overview and answers to questions. Good examples of real-life applications in a relevant context. Thanks!"

"Everything set up and ready to go, smooth run through of everything and plenty of opportunities to ask questions."

"Lunch was fab, really enjoyed the enthusiasm of the Vicki, our trainer, and her ability to step outside of the course outlines to talk about what was relevant to us and help us where we particularly needed it. I feel very inspired."

"No complaints. All brilliant. Great teacher - everything very clearly explained, happy to answer questions. Great equipment, software etc. Helpers very friendly and nice too. I particularly like the fact that we can ring you afterwards, if we struggle to recall any of what we have learned."