Training Courses

Digital Repro and Pre Press

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Two Day Course

Classroom Based


This course is designed to give anyone involved in the creation of digital artwork an understanding of the whole process from layout to final printed work and to avoid the expensive mistakes and broken deadlines often caused by a lack of expertise in this field.

This course provides a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the digital reproduction process. The course explores the terminology and techniques used by professionals in the digital repro industry.

You will look at preparing, editing and proofing your artwork and everything you need to know about sending your artwork to a printer or bureau.

If you have already attended our one day Trouble-free Printing course, we suggest you take a one day tailored version of this course instead.

You should have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

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


    • Understanding file formats
    • The relationship between layout, drawing and image editing applications
    • Pixels vs vectors

    Working with fonts
    • Font substitution
    • Font management software

    Image resolution
    • Scanning artwork
    • Determining the right resolution
    • Understanding screen angles
    • Fixing moire patterns
    • Actual ppi vs effective ppi

    Document setup
    • Working with bleeds
    • Working with a slug
    • Setting crop marks
    • Setting up spreads
    • Imposing pages

    Spot colour artwork
    • Working with tints
    • Working with mixed inks
    • Working with duotones
    • Setting up a spot varnish

    • Different compression techniques and what they actually do

    Clipping paths and transparency
    • Understanding clipping paths
    • Understanding alpha channels and layer masks
    • Using transparency effects
    • Avoiding printing problems

    Practical exercises

    Questions and answers

    • What is trapping?
    • How to trap artwork
    • How to avoid the need for trapping

    Colour management
    • What is colour management?
    • Understanding colour settings
    • Implementing a colour managed workflow

    Image editing
    • Cropping an image
    • Changing image size
    • Tonal correction
    • Image retouching
    • Colour correction
    • Image sharpening
    • When to convert to CMYK
    • Using a non-destructive workflow

    Preparing print-ready PDFs
    • Exporting from InDesign
    • Using Acrobat Distiller
    • Using PDF export presets
    • Preflighting and packaging
    • Fixing broken links

    Working with your printer
    • Project planning and workflow
    • Briefing your printer
    • Getting the best prices
    • Over and under-runs
    • Ownership of materials

    Practical exercises

    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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We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 20735 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20735
  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 Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"I have enjoyed this course and learned allot, Alistair's knowledge and teaching has been great, helping me to understand Digital Repro and Pre Press. Thank you"

"It's a nice environment and all the staff members I encountered were very friendly. Alistair really knows his stuff and was open to answering all my questions thoroughly, as well as tailoring the course to suit my personal needs as best he could."