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Free Video – Print Production: Prepress and Press Checks

It’s time for another great free video from! This time, it’s one from Claudia McCue’s course, Print Production: Prepress and Press Checks.

Here’s the course description:

A thorough prepress analysis and press check can mean the difference between a successful print job and a disappointing one. There is a lot to know, from how to prepare files to what to look for on press. So join Claudia McCue in the printing plant, as she walks through every aspect of the process and defines the key terms that will make sure you and your printer are speaking the same language. Find out what happens during the prepress phase and in the pressroom, and get checklists (included with the exercise files) to help you feel confident your jobs are printed as planned and on budget.

Topics include:

  • Submitting your job
  • Preflighting files
  • Trapping
  • Understanding press-check etiquette
  • Checking press sheets

The free video below illustrates life in the pressroom, which is an amazing mix of huge, high-speed industrial machinery, high-tech automation, and craftsmanship born out of years of experience. Check it out!

Life in the pressroom

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