Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PRNT 141 - Illustrator Print Production

(R only)

Technical production course using Adobe Illustrator to prepare and correct vector files for high-resolution print output. Students produce basic vector files and correct pre-existing files for efficient print processing. Topics include color separation, trapping, and preflight file preparation in a print production workflow. PREREQUISITE(S): None, but previous computer experience recommended. Four hours each week. Formerly PR 141.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of object-oriented production illustration concepts. (Production Illustration Overview)
  • Become familiar with Adobe Illustrator’s workspace and views. (Production Illustration Overview)
  • Produce technically proficient vector illustrations for efficient, reliable print output. (Vector Illustration Tools)
  • Demonstrate technical competence using vector illustration production tools. (Vector Illustration Tools)
  • Create vector objects using pen tool paths, anchor points, direction lines, and direction points. (Vector Illustration Tools)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why color separation is necessary for printing on press. (Color Separation)
  • Produce and print CMYK process separations. (Color Separation)
  • Produce files with spot color used appropriately. (Spot Color Illustration)
  • Recognize when spot colors can be converted to process colors. (Spot Color Illustration)
  • Fix problematic spot color illustrations. (Spot Color Illustration)
  • Print spot color separations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how a color managed print workflow can produce consistent, predictable color output. (Color Management)
  • Choose appropriate color settings for a color managed workflow and load color profiles for multiple output devices and print processes. (Color Management)
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the problems that blends, gradients, and gradient meshes can cause in the printing process. (Blends and Gradients)
  • Produce printable blends, gradients, and meshes. (Blends and Gradients)
  • Calculate and produce the correct number of blend steps, based on printing process requirements. (Blends and Gradients)
  • Demonstrate an understanding how transparency effects can be produced. (Transparency Flattening)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why transparency must be flattened for the printing process. (Transparency Flattening)
  • Produce illustrations using appropriate transparency flattener settings for high quality, efficient print output. (Transparency Flattening)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the raster settings in Illustrator and how raster effects can affect raster image processing speed and print output quality. (Raster Effects)
  • Produce illustrations using raster effects appropriately. (Raster Effects)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need to process complex illustrations to produce simplified files that can be efficiently ripped and reliably printed. (Simplifying Illustrations)
  • Demonstrate competence by cleaning-up, simplifying, and expanding objects to reduce illustration complexity. (Simplifying Illustrations)
  • Demonstrate understanding of why transformations are necessary to compensate for the flexographic printing process. (Flexo Transforms)
  • Calculate the required flexography transforms. (Flexo Transforms)
  • Apply necessary transformations in Illustrator. (Flexo Transforms)
  • Produce files with embedded and linked graphics. (Import)
  • Explain the differences between placing and opening, linking, and embedding. (Import)
  • Produce Illustrator eps and Adobe pdf files for various print production workflows. (Export)
  • Save files appropriately for use in Quark Press, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. (Export)
  • Produce print-ready pdf files for output from Adobe Acrobat. (Export)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why trapping is necessary for printing on press. (Trapping)
  • Demonstrate technical competence using pathfinder and overprints for trapping. (Trapping)
  • Produce and print correctly trapped spot color and CMYK separations. (Trapping)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how presets can streamline the print production workflow. (Presets)
  • Produce and distribute print presets, pdf presets, flattener presets, and color settings. (Presets)
  • Examine, repair, and clean-up problematic vector illustration files for a print production workflow. (Preflight)
  • Check color settings, trapping, raster effects, flattener settings, print output options, and Adobe pdf settings. (Preflight)

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