Graphic Design Learning Outcome 5

In this learning outcome we learned how the sequential print production process works.

The first stage of the process is proofing which is when the designer wants the artwork to be proofed before they start the printing. After that the printer produces a digital colour proof that they then compare to the main production to make sure its consistent.

The next stage is pre-press production. This is when the printer uses the colours cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create any colour. After this the proof again is used to make sure the correct colours are being used.

After the other stages are complete the next stage called printing begins. The most common forms of printing are Offset Lithography which is used for stationary, newsprint and booklets. Screen printing which is used for printing onto surfaces like glass. Flexography thats used for pharmaceutical packaging. Digital Printing thats used for short-run or one-off prints like large-format displays or small-format publications.

The next and final stage is Print Finishing. In this stage a range of processes are used to finish the printed artwork, some of these processes are guillotining it to the correct size or binding, laminating, embossing and folding.

 

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