Colour Management for Print Production

Learn the practical skills to use Colour Management throughout the production process, manage expectation and improve book print quality

Build your confidence and skills in dealing with colour issues and communicating with designers, repro houses and printers. Increase the predictability and quality of your printed results.

The day includes on screen exercises so that you can see different colour profiles in use, understand how they work, how they affect your image and how, used correctly, they can improve your final print result.

You will be taken through the ISO print standards and will have the technical details and the Fogra profiles explained so that you can use this information to trouble shoot and improve print quality.

You will also see how to assess images for print and how to recognise and fix some common image problems.

Course Summary

Date: May 15th| Duration: 1 | Day Start: 09:30 –  End 17:30 | Venue: London, EC1 | Trainer: Al Richardson | Price: £445

What will I learn?

  • Learn how to manage colour expectations and quality throughout the book production process

  • Colour perception  how the eye sees & the brain interprets colour  • elements that effect colour perception • viewing conditions • assumptions • describing colour • removing subjectivity

  • Colour standards – why we need colour standards and how this can improve our control, help manage expectations and increase quality • settings • calibration • gamut capabilities • controlling viewing conditions

  • Colour profiles  what they are and why you need them • seeing how they work in the workflow and how they affect images • RGB to CMYK conversions • colour gamuts, etc

  • LAB colour  learn what LAB is andhow it is used in the industry & on your desktop software/hardware

  • FOGRA standards & profiles –  explanation of the ISO printing standard and of FOGRA profiles for different print conditions – e.g. coated, uncoated papers •  why you might choose touse varied Fogra 39 profiles

  • Proofing– importance of colour profiles in proofing • understanding the process from screen to ink-jet to press.

  • Image assessment & correctionunderstand the basics • colour casts, sharpness, contrast and brightness  •checking images in Photoshop.

  • Checking colour in files – tools of the trade • learning what colour information is easily accessible to you

  • Communicating with printers – pre-press & on-press terminology  • trouble shooting andresolving common colour issues with printers – useful questions to ask

  • Colour bars and print outs from printed sheets – understanding the typical sheet analysis reports such as PressSign and Mellow Colour  • what information they give you and how this can be of use to control or improve print quality

What skills are needed for this course?

No previous colour training is needed. Ideal for anyone working with 4 colour print.

Al Richardson – Colour Management Expert

Al has worked and continues to work on a freelance basis with the Book Publishing industry,  having spent over 10 years at DK and Penguin, as their lead Creative Technical Support.

His role crossed the boundaries of Production, Design and Print, and he has gained a thorough and comprehensive insight to colour management and it’s application throughout many different workflows.

Al was instrumental in the implementation of hi-res working within Penguin, and the introduction of colour management throughout their divisions. Outside Penguin, he was a main technical contact for a major UK printer during their introduction of Press Sign, ensuring the successful uptake by both supplier and client of this system.

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