Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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 Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Robert Gale
Email: rob.gale@rmit.edu.au

Teacher: Jessie DiBlasi
Email: jessie.diblasi@rmit.edu.au


 

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:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

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 or account for client
2.8 Pack completed images for electronic or physical dispatch with invoice or account and deliver to agreed location by appropriate methods within agreed timeframe
2.9 Conclude and maintain management procedures
 

Element:

Element 3. Wrap up and review print

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Catalogue and archive images appropriately
3.2 Review response from client 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

  • Lectures
  • Guest lecturers
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Independent project based work
  • Workshopping of students’ own projects
  • Visit to industry workplace/print company

Out of class activities

  • Independent project work
  • Independent research
  • Peer learning


Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources

WeekClass contentAssessment Due
4Lecture
General introduction to the unit
Overview of subject, assessments requirements and time line.

Assignment 1: Proposed Costs – briefing
Using the supplied template, create a detailed estimation and breakdown of costs you will incur as part of your book project.
Due Week 6

Note: Part of your 5min presentation in CUVPHI527A Make illustrative images for publication and display will included an estimation of costs of your book project.

Assignment 1: Proposed Costs – Briefing

 


5Tutorial
Appraisal of RAW file converters
Bridge Vs Lightroom Vs Capture One

Revision of batch processing in suitable applications (e.g. Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW etc.

Project work in lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects

 
6Assignment 1 Due – Proposed Costs
Proposed cost submission.

 

Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects

Assignment 1: Proposed Costs – Due
 
7Excursion to Bambra press
http://www.bambrapress.com.au/

This is an excision to a Melbourne based, print company who produce a wide range of high end short and long run publications (both offset and digital). You will have the opportunity to tour the facility and see the life cycle of the modern printing process.

 
8Guest Lecture - Jac DiBlasi (Publication Designer)
InDesign refresher and tips/technique on book layout, font selection and preparing for print output.

Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects
Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

 
                                                EASTER BREAK  
9

The Critique assess aspects of technical photographic capture, in relation to the acquiring of sufficient digital data for image process and potential output issues re layout and reproduction quality.

Students are also required to submit a font test and layout via photo copies
- Review of progress – editor/writers progress + sample copy

Files for critique session are to be prepped as :
JPEG, 72dpi pixel width 800.
Label files with your initials_IMG number E.G. RG_01.jpg
Note: This critique is part of your assessment.

(Minimum 10 images) Jess & Rob to assess

Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects. Student to test of Type and Layout scale through photo copy machine.
Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

Students begin preparing test print files.

Assignment 2 - Prep for Print Critique 1
Progressive One on One assessment of Book Project files by appointment. 
10Lecture – Jessie DiBlasi
Digital Production instruction and costing.
Book production: Project feasibility, financials, layout, photography, colour proofing, marketing, distribution.

Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects. Student to test of Type and Layout scale through photo copy machine.

Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

Students continue work on preparing test print files –
Note: Files sent to print by Friday 3pm in Week 11

Files tested for:
Sharpness, tonal range, contrast, colour (where applicable), noise correction.

 
11Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects. Student to continue revising/working on image selection/book layout and image processing
Students continue to test Type and Layout scale through photo copy machine.

 

Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

Students finalise preparing test print files – ALL test print files sent to print by Friday 3pm in Week 11

Files tested for:
Sharpness, tonal range, contrast, colour (where applicable), noise correction.

 
12Project work in Lab
Students have the opportunity to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects. Student to continue revising/working on image selection/book layout and image processing
Students continue to test Type and Layout scale through photo copy machine.

 

Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

Return of test print files. Students to make adjustments of files and final layout as require and send final books files to printer!

Assignment 3: Actual Costs + Project Review – briefing
Using the supplied template, analyse your detailed breakdown of costs you have incurred as part of your book project. Review the project success and identify creative/commercial opportunities that have developed from this project.
Due Week 14

 

Assignment 3: Actual Costs + Project Review – Briefing

 
13Project work in Lab
Final opportunity for students to consult with Jess & Rob on their projects. Student to finalise image selection/book layout and image processing. Test export of (low-res) print ready PDF is printed (photo-copy machine) and proofed for text and image issues

 

Editor/Writer Support with Professional writing + editing students

Continued review of test print files. Students to make adjustments of files and final layout as required and send final books files to printer!

 
14Assignment 3: Actual Costs + Project Review – Due
Using the supplied template, analyse your detailed breakdown of costs you have incurred as part of your book project. Review the project success and identify creative/commercial opportunities that have developed from this project.
Assignment 3: Actual Costs + Project Review – Due 
15Assignment 4: Final Book Submission – Due
Submit your final printed book for assessment.
Assignment 4: Final Book Submission – Due
16Feedback Session: Staff to assess and review with students 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None


References

www.pdnonline.com/ PDN (Photo District News)
http://acmp.com.au
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/
http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
 

Galer M., Andrews Photoshop CS6 – Essential Skills, Focal Press


Other Resources

Digital Camera
Personal Hard Drive x 2 1TB - 500GB
Photoshop
InDesign
 


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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment (refer to myRMIT for assessment criteria).

Assignment 1: Proposed Costs –
Due Week 6
Ungraded Assessment
Using the supplied template, create a detailed estimation and breakdown of costs you will incur as part of your book project.

 

Assignment 2 - Prep for Print Critique 1
Due Week 9
Ungraded Assessment
Progressive One on One assessment of Book Project files by appointment.

Students are required to process and submit a minimum of 10 images. The Critique assess aspects of technical photographic capture, in relation to the acquiring of sufficient digital data for image process and potential output issues re layout and reproduction quality.

Students are also required to submit a font test and layout via photo copies
- Review of progress – editor/writers progress + sample copy

Files for critique session are to be prepped as
JPEG, 72dpi pixel width 800.
Label files with your initials_IMG number E.G. RG_01.jpg
This critique is part of your assessment.

Assignment 3: Actual Costs + Project Review
Due Week 14
Ungraded Assessment
Using the supplied template, analyse your detailed breakdown of costs you have incurred as part of your book project. Review the project success and identify creative/commercial opportunities that have developed from this project.

Assignment 4: Final Book Submission
Due Week 15
Graded Assessment
Submit your final printed book (physical copy) for assessment.


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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
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
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


Assessment and Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for 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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.

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