Colour Management for Print Production

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: Feb 28th| 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.

Interested in this course?

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  1. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Good course, very detailed. Met my expectations. All explanations were clear and the trainer was very willing to go into detail when we asked more specific questions. The most useful part of the session were the explanations of FOGRA colour profiles and the practical application of what we’d been taught. I can approve, check, and discuss colour with higher confidence

  2. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    The course was very thorough. I am extremely likely to recommend the training to others

  3. Simon & Schuster UK February 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    It was good. Trainer had very technical knowledge, clear and many questions answered

  4. Harper Collins February 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    The course was well structured and very detailed and informative; it met my expectations very well. The most useful part of the course to me was the PDF output covered at the end of the session; it’s always been a bit nebulous to me how/why/when colour profiles are applied and files are set up, and I feel I understand this now. I have a better understanding of the use and limitations of colour profiles now and communicate better between Design and repro houses, which was my desired outcome for this course

  5. Insight Guides February 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Explanations were very clear and questions were welcomed and given clear answers. The course met my expectations giving me the information I needed and more

  6. Thames & Hudson February 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    The trainer was excellent!

  7. Bloomsbury Publishing February 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Very good trainer. I feel I have more confidence in identifying potential colour problems and better understanding of light conditions

  8. FW Media February 20, 2019 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    It was well balanced between technical and practical so all usefulIt clarified and updated my knowledge on a number of topics related to print production. The trainer was very clear and well presented, easy to follow and good to have practical exercises

  9. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd February 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Al was great, very knowledgeable and clearly new his subject. Questions were encouraged, and everything was very clear. Well presented, well structured. It met my expectations.

  10. Phaidon Press March 5, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Al had perfect people skills, was very enticing and absolute expert in the topicThe course very much met my expectation: it was detailed enough but also gave the big picture related to publishing workflows. In terms of book production, it is a key course to spark further learning and greater confidence in controlling variables.

  11. Bloomsbury Publishing March 5, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    It was excellent. Al was also excellent, and hugely knowledgeable. Also very open, friendly and helpful.

  12. Pan Macmillan March 5, 2019 at 11:47 am - Reply

    The course was very useful and interesting, it gave me a clear insight into how to colour manage images for print. Al was very helpful and explained thoroughly on all areas. I found the presentation at the start very useful and interesting, as it gave in depth background information into colour management.

  13. Jessica Kingsley Publishers July 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    It was great, learned lots. Hands-on colour correction in Photoshop helped all the theory stick.

  14. Macmillan July 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Very good impression and well structured. A very positive experience and a good combination of theory and practical.

  15. Wellbeck Publishing July 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Great course, very interesting and learnt a lot. Both the theoretical part as well as the practical part were equally useful. You got the background knowledge and then put it into practice showcasing the entire workflow step by step. Well organised course with extremely knowledgeable trainer

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