Printing & Publishing (204)

204-110. Print Media/Digital Pub I. (3 Credits)

Study offset lithography, flexography and digital printing. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the printing methods of gravure and screen-printing. Produce single, two- and four-color printed pieces. Acquire knowledge relating to CTP, the PMS system, screens, halftones, print careers, print economics and the four-color process.

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204-112. Color Theory and Print Process. (2 Credits)

Learn how to diagnose and correct the components of the printing process that can impact product quality, such as ink/water balance, register, compensation and material handling.

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204-113. Page Layout/InDesign. (3 Credits)

Create documents that are typographically correct and constructed according to industry design standards in the Graphic Design program. Participate in interactive demonstrations, weekly reading and projects. Integrate type and images, use tabs, manage layers, apply master pages and style sheets, and create complex tables and forms. Keyboarding skills of 25 wpm is beneficial.

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204-115. Digital Page Layout. (3 Credits)

Use Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress and focus on creating documents constructed according to industry prepress standards in the Printing and Print Media programs. The course will include interactive demonstrations, weekly reading and project assignments. In addition to learning core industry standards, integrate type and images, use tabs, manage layers, apply master pages and style sheets, and create documents for Print Media labs.

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204-119. Illustration and Image Editing. (3 Credits)

Students will learn how to draw on the computer with Adobe Illustrator and enhance photos with Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis will be placed on developing graphics for the web.

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204-120. Print Media II. (3 Credits)

Print single and multicolored projects using primarily Heidelberg Printmaster GTO-2 color 20-inch presses. Study the common elements of all presses - the feeder, registration, printing and delivery systems. Learn basic press maintenance and problem solving, pressroom chemistry and safety. Become familiar with paper of various kinds, weights, textures, and sizes as well as various types of ink.

Prerequisites: (204-110 with a minimum grade of C and 204-113 with a minimum grade of C or 204-115 with a minimum grade of C)

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204-121. Digital Illustration. (3 Credits)

Enhance your ability to draw on the computer with Adobe Illustrator. Create artwork for both print and web design projects using features such as brushes, perspective and mesh. Learn the importance and proper use of layers as well as the pen tool. Apply coloring techniques using Industry Standards.

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204-124. Internship - Printing. (1 Credit)

Gain meaningful occupational experience in the field of printing while building interpersonal relationships, improving technical competencies and completing the pre-developed goals. To complete an internship, WCTC must first verify that students have met the prerequisites. Please contact the Career Connections Department at 262.695.7848 or internshipdepartment@wctc.edu for assistance.

Prerequisites: Approval of Co-op Ed Office

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204-125. Flexography 1. (3 Credits)

Print single and multicolored projects using flexographic printing presses. Study the common elements of all presses - unwind, rewind, web guides, plate cylinders, and die cutting stations. Learn basic press maintenance and problem solving, press-room chemistry and safety. Improve color reproduction on printed files. Become familiar with various substrates as well as various types of ink.

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204-131. Image Editing/Photoshop. (3 Credits)

Learn to use Adobe Photoshop to create sophisticated graphics for print and the web. Describe, discuss and demonstrate the procedures for producing color files and documents of professional quality. Become acquainted with layers, channels, paths, masks and other techniques that are used to create the highest quality graphic elements for electronic digital documents.

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204-132. Integrated Digital Production. (3 Credits)

Develop brochures, flyers, posters and other related publications using software applications such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and others. Follow accepted industry prepress standards to indicate bleeds, color, fold and trim marks, die lines, color bars and other technical requirements that demonstrate mastery of page layout, illustration and image editing. Create PDF files to Industry Standards for output to both offset and digital presses. Create Interactive PDF's for digital portfolios.

Prerequisites: (204-115 with a minimum grade of C or 204-113 with a minimum grade of C and 204-121 with a minimum grade of C and 204-131 with a minimum grade of C)

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204-134. Color Management. (3 Credits)

Learn how to profile an offset press for color accuracy and use statistical process control methods to appraise, control and improve color reproduction on printed files and those reproduced digitally. Learn how to use densitometers, spectrophotometers, tone reproduction control and color measurement software.

Prerequisites: (204-115 with a minimum grade of C or 204-113 with a minimum grade of C and 204-120 with a minimum grade of C and 204-131 with a minimum grade of C)

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204-136. Cross Media Workflows I. (4 Credits)

Gain a fundamental understanding of the key variables, systems and phases of production workflow. Emphasis will be placed on job planning, implementation strategies and decision-making processes for print and e-media production workflow. Optimize work for specific production requirements as well as to optimize content and workflow strategies for cross media applications. The two software applications featured in this course are Adobe Dreamweaver and Pageflex.

Prerequisites: (204-113 with a minimum grade of C or 204-115 with a minimum grade of C) and (204-121 with a minimum grade of C and 204-131 with a minimum grade of C and 204-139 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)

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204-138. Cooperative Ed - Graphics. (3 Credits)

This highly structured, meaningful occupational experience includes technical competencies related to a specific program of study. Work with the instructor and employer to establish program-related and critical life skill goals, discuss interpersonal relationships at work and complete project activities. If unable to secure an internship, a rigorous field study experience approved by the instructor, associate dean and Cooperative Education department may be substituted.

Prerequisites: (Approval of Co-op Ed Office )

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204-139. Digital Workflows. (3 Credits)

Study computer integrated manufacturing technologies as applied to commercial printing production problems. Discuss preflighting, trapping and imposition. Learn to properly prepare and analyze digital files for output to eliminate problems that can occur during the printing production process.

Prerequisites: (204-113 with a minimum grade of C or 204-115 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C) and (204-121 with a minimum grade of C and 204-131 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)

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204-140. Estimating and Scheduling. (3 Credits)

Examine the scope and functions of printing estimating. Estimate, cost, and price various printing services. Discuss topics including computers for production and management, developing a cost estimating system, estimating paper, ink electronic prepress, press and finishing operations, and marketing and management issues. Analyze various operations within the printing industry.

Prerequisites: (204-139 with a minimum grade of C)

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204-141. Prodctn Coord/Customer Service. (3 Credits)

Explore the commercial printing manufacturing process. Examine the role and function of the customer service representative, electronic workflows and time requirements for production of commercially printed products that are within budget.

Prerequisites: 204-139 with a minimum grade of C and 204-136 with a minimum grade of C and (204-132 with a minimum grade of C or 204-133 with a minimum grade of C) and 204-134 with a minimum grade of C

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204-146. Cross Media Workflows II. (4 Credits)

Develop a more cohesive understanding of digital workflow and the underlying responsibilities and decisions in preparing content for production in a cross-media environment. In addition to real-world applications of digital workflows and include preflighting, focus on the development of client PURLS and web-to-print applications. The following software applications will be reviewed provided time allows: Pageflex, Mindfire, Insight, Darwin and XM-Pie.

Prerequisites: (204-136 with a minimum grade of C and 204-139 with a minimum grade of C)

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204-600. Advanced Photoshop - Advanced.

Through a combination of lecture and hands-on experiences, learn to use the advanced features of Adobe Photoshop.

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204-601. Basic Photo Editing-Photoshop.

This course is designed for the hobbyist familiar with Photoshop who is interested in learning advanced techniques used to edit digital images. Occasionally, pictures are not perfect and you may want to add light, adjust the color, or drop someone new into a photograph who couldn't be there the day the picture was taken. Lab exercises will provide the student with experience manipulating digital images captured with a digital camera.

Prerequisites: 204-602 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of D

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204-602. Photoshop for the Amateur.

Through a combination of lecture and hands-on experiences, learn to use the advanced features of Adobe Photoshop.

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