Prepress Hardware, Software, and File Formats

Prepress Hardware, Software, and File Formats

Orientation to the Graphics Arts delves into print production workflow with the perfect blend of presentations, videos, and learning assessments to test your knowledge. In this module, we'll cover prepress hardware explores the desktop workstation, input devices, and output devices. Then explore the major prepress software categories and what they do, including PDF files, what kind of information can be contained in a PDF, how are PDFs created, and PDF/X. Wrap up this module exploring pixel files and image modes, image resolution, and the various screening types used for printed jobs.

Time to complete this module: 45 minutes.

Time to complete entire Orientation to the Graphic Arts Learning Path: 4 hours for the course and knowledge assessments.

Instructor: 

Joe Marin

Joe Marin
Organization: 
Printing Industries of America

Joe Marin is Vice President, Education and Training for Printing Industries of America. Joe is one of the industry's leading voices on digital technologies, including all things related to succeeding in a digital print environment. He is a veteran speaker at GRAPH EXPO and other venues on color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, and business-related issues. Joe also develops, presents, and consults on integrated print technologies such as augmented reality, mobile website development, and search engine optimization and marketing. Joe has developed custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers and managed both the NPES Teachers Update and Conference. He is the author of the Prepress Skills Training Program, Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and co-author of The PDF Print Production Guide, all published by Printing Industries Press.

Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Joe was a production solutions consultant with Konica Minolta, and in a former role, manager of training programs for PIA. Joe also worked in the prepress departments of several Pittsburgh-area printing companies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania.