Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6286C

Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Meredith Chesney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9165

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

None, however this unit will be delivered in conjunction with CUVPHI529A Employ Colour Management in a Digital Imaging Workplace and will be referred to as Finished Art 1

Course Description

In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge to prepare digital images for print. Through a range of varied learning activities with a focus on industry terminology, colour management and standards you will learn how to make informed choices relating to software, processes, file preparation and use of equipment. These skills and knowledge will be applied to turn your creative ideas into print ready outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI530A Prepare digital images for pre-press processing


3. Wrap up and review print preparation

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


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


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

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and activities. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:
• Demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• Knowledge tests & practical tests
• Group discussions
• Research
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘Workshopping’ of student projects
• Product Workshops
Out of class activities will include:
• Independent project based work
• Research
• Visit Trade Shows (when applicable)

Teaching Schedule

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


<thead> <th scope="col">Session Week</th> <th scope="col">Session Description</th> <th scope="col">Due Dates</th> <th scope="col">Criteria</th> </thead>
1Computer Survival CUVPHI530A
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
2Learning Activity ~ 1 Printing Processes (F)
Overview print processes
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
3Learning Activity ~ 2 Getting Images Print Ready (F)
Pixel Graphics – Resolution, Format, File Size
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
4Learning Activity ~ 3 Colour Basics (F)
Workshop on Colour Systems and Guides
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
5Learning Activity ~ 4 Image Editing Basics (F)
Curves, Histograms, Image Editing, Casts
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
6Learning Activity ~ 5 File Checking Basics (F)
Specifications – Job, Production & Best Practice
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
7Online Knowledge & Skills Test (F) DUECUVPHI529A
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
8Learning Activity ~ 6 Colour Theory (F)
Additive & Subtractive, Inks, Colour Vision
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
9Learning Activity ~ 7 Colour Management (F)
Viewing Conditions, Colour Settings, UCR & GCR
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
10Online Knowledge & Skills Test (F) DUECUVPHI529A
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
12Learning Activity ~ 6 File Checking – Advanced (F)
Forensic Tools, Preflighting, Overprint, Sep Preview
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
14Brief 1 Finished Art Check (S)
File Checking, Proofing & Submission
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
15Knowledge & Skills Test (S) DUECUVPHI529A
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5
16Review & Archive CUVPHI529A
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None – This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the computer survival kit provided during orientation. Recommended Books

Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 3rd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg].
Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj)
Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter. and Ryberg, Robert.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.


Title: Graphic Design : Australian style manual
Author: Andrew Townley Barnum ... [et al.].
Other Author(s):Barnum, Andrew Townley.
Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W. : McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Other Resources

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list
Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. To access the website:
1. Log in to myRMIT
2. Go to the library website –
3. Go to the ‘Databases’ under ‘Quick search options’
4. Click on the ‘Databases A-Z’ link
5. Choose ‘’ from the list
Note:You must access through this link on the RMIT library site or you won’t be able to use it for free. Simply going to will not work.
6. After leaving the database site, you will be redirected to and prompted to create an account.
7. Once you have created this account, you can access the site with this user ID.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Design Project 1 (40% of final grade)
  • Design project 2 (50% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test (10% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard

Exercises 1 – 7 In class completion (Formative)
These learning activities build skills and knowledge
Knowledge & Skills Test 1 Week 7(Formative)
Using an interactive quiz and some practical activates students will test their understanding of knowledge and skills.
Knowledge & Skills Test 1 Week 10 (Formative)
Using an interactive quiz and some practical activates students will test their understanding of knowledge and skills.
Brief 1 Prepare file for Print Week 14 (Summative)
In this brief students will use the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the course to prepare digital file for print
Due end of week 14.
Knowledge & Skills Test 3 Week 15 (Summative)
Using an interactive quiz and some practical activates students will demonstrate understanding of knowledge and skills

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time (Formative). The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome (Summative).

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

HD     Competent with High Distinction.
CDI    Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG  Competency Achieved - Graded
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 you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

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

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline (unresolved)

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.

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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