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Trouble-free Printing

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One Day Course


This one day course is for anyone who needs to be confident that their work avoids costly, time-consuming mistakes and will print beautifully. Often documents look great on screen and print perfectly on the office laser printer but when sent to a professional printer serious problems occur. This may be because of things you forgot, did not communicate or did not know about. This course is designed to stop these problems before they happen ensuring your printing is trouble-free.You will need a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress

  • 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
    • Understanding file formats
    • 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
    • Different compression techniques and what they actually do

    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

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

    Preparing print-ready PDFs
    • Exporting from InDesign
    • The PDF export settings
    • Preflighting and packaging

    The printing process
    • An overview of the printing process - both digital and litho
    • Common print problems
    • Printers pairs and impositioning
    • Different proofing methods
    • What can alter the print cost?
    • Choosing paper, finishes and sizes
    • Environmental issues

    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.

Comfort + Location
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Our Clients

We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 19414 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed19414
  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

"Donna is brilliant "

"thorough, professional, not boring"

"Staff were extremely friendly & welcoming."

"the overall atmosphere, the food, the ratio of class-break"

"Generally a good friendly atmosphere and nice pace"

"Simplifying quite complicated topics. Easy to follow. Plenty of time allowed to ask questions. Small sized group so a lot of 1-1 support"

"Trainer was great"

"The course was really hands on and so insightful. I feel like I'm leaving today with so much more knowledge and the confidence to write my own press releases right away. Thank you Helen!"

"The course was broken down into easy-to-digest sections. Helen was very thorough and there were some detailed handouts to take away, too."

"Being personable. Keeping to topic. Thank you!"

"Providing relevant material and being able to access it after the course "

"Agile approach to training!"

"Very knowledgeable and friendly trainer who was a fountain of knowledge! No complaints!"

"Lots. Very nice people, all very helpful and friendly. Course was very interesting as well. I learnt a lot."

"Relaxed, easy learning environment. Alice was very supportive when I didn't feel confident in a few of the exercises."

"drilling down into all levels and areas, making us think with exercises"

"Trainer was brilliant and had great patience for all the 1,000,000 questions that were asked. "

"Very helpful and approachable tutor. "

"Listening and adapting the course to our specific needs. "

"The excel training was really good, learned the fundamentals of excel formulas and macros."

"The food was superb, and the course trainer was very professional and covered a huge swathe of content. "

"Great trainer and easy to follow"

"Good pacing and very easy to grasp and understand each of the methods we went over. Really good website and resource recommendations!"

"Small class sizes were great, and it was helpful to be able to discuss points as a group as we went along. Also good that the course materials are available electronically rather than taking notes. "

"Adrian was an excellent trainer. He was so knowledgable about the topic but made sure to keep the session open to all levels. Excellent presentation and fun, interactive exercises which kept the afternoon engaging."

"Enjoyed the way it was pitched. Interesting, great presentation slides. Just the right level of attention."

"The trainer was very good."

"The trainer explained it in a really simple way and was very informative. I wish there was more practice, hopefully, next session:)"

"The trainer was really inspiring and a good presenter. Clear and detailed presentation, with good and relevant examples to use."

"Donna is friendly, approachable, patient, clear, knowledgeable, and clearly very passionate"