Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6260C

Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5309 - Diploma of Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Robert Gale

Nominal Hours: 45

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

In this course you will gain digital imaging skills to prepare photographic files for printing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI530A Prepare digital images for pre-press processing


Element 1. Consult with pre-press bureau about formatting requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source a checklist for printing requirements from
Appropriate person/s and follow throughout preparation process.
1.2 Obtain relevant specifications for software and image file
formatting from appropriate person/s.
1.3 Ensure constraints of different printing processes (and
other diffusion techniques) are understood.


Element 2. Prepare files for pre-press processing.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare image files using appropriate pre-press
processing techniques .
2.2 Choose suitable test charts/targets and print to
appropriate specifications for ink density and stock on a
linearised proofer.
2.3 Calibrate digital proofing device to examine test charts
and use results to generate colour profile.
2.4 Print test file on calibrated digital proofing device and use
results to generate output profile for press and stock.
2.5 Proof sample image and confirm with client.
2.6 Optimise images and output image product to profile
specifications using industry standards.
2.7 Save image files in appropriate format for pre-press
processing and prepare invoice/account for client.
2.8 Pack completed images for electronic/physical dispatch
with invoice/account and deliver to agreed location by
appropriate method/s within agreed timeframe.
2.9 Conclude and maintain management procedures.


Element 3. Wrap up and review print

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Catalogue and archive images appropriately.
3.2 Review response from client/s against final printed product.
3.3 Maintain contractual and financial records for business and taxation purposes.
3.4 Review personal performance within job context.
3.5 Identify future opportunities, work directions, equipment needs and workflow changes resulting from job.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities
Guest lecturers
Peer teaching and class presentations
Independent project based work
Workshopping of students’ own projects
Out of class activities
Visit to a digital print company
Independent project work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
4 Introduction and Assignment 1 & 2 Briefs
RGB to CMYK Introduction
Tutorial - Soft proof techniques using PS CS6 for Digital book print requirements

 Assignment 1
Formative Set
Capt Cook Cottage: prepare digital files for Brochure

publicationAssignment 2
Summative Set
‘Students to prepare digital files for a photographic book’

5Fitzroy Gardens/Capt Cook
Demonstration of processing in Adobe Camera RAW
Cottage Brochure Students to review & process files RGB to CMYK
Assignment 1
Capt Cook Cottage: prepare digital files for Brochure publication.
6 Submission: Assignment 1 Class review FORMATIVE Assessment Assessment of Capt. Cook Brochure files Due 1.3
7 Students to work on file preparation for reproduction book project  1,3
8RGB to CMYK Introduction
Tutorial - Soft proof techniques using PS CS6 for Digital book print requirements.  RGB to CMYK Workflow - Digital proofing. Focus calibration of DSLR. 



Visit to Printing company to see Offset and digital printing process- Lecture/industry visit

 Assignment 2 - Critique 1: Progressive Group assessment of Book Project
Students participate & comment in critique.

10 Students to work on file preparation for reproduction  1,2,3

Guest Lectures - Digital Production instruction and costing.
Mike Bandanburg.
Book production: Project feasibility, financials, layout, photography, colour proofing, marketing, and distribution. One person book publication, technical production adviceAssignment 2 – One On One: Appointments

12 One on One Review & feedback of student progress  1,2,3
13 Students to work on file preparation for reproduction  1,2,3
14 Assignment 2 - Critique 3: (12 Images due)
Participate & comment in critique. The Critique assess aspect of photography capture, continuity digital image process and potential output issues re layout and reproduction quality
15 Preparation of print tests  1,2,3
16 Evaluation of print test, correction made and final files sent to lab. Students to work on file preparation for reproduction  1,2,3
17 Students to work on file preparation for reproduction  1,2,3
15 Students to work on file preparation for reproduction  1,2,3
16 Assignment 2 Final Book Assessment
Class presentation of folio/book Student Self Assessment review
 Assignment 1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P. 2010 Photoshop CS5 – Essential Skills, Focal Press

References PDN (Photo District News)
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Personal Hard Drive 300 to 500gig

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a large scale project requiring pre/post analysis along with the preparation and processing of text and images

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assignment 1 Formative - Capt Cook Cottage Brochure photography
Due 3

Assignment 2 Summative – Preparation and output of files for book project.
Due 16

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent Achieved Grade
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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