Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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


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


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

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

In class activities may include:In class activities may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feeOut of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

WeekSession DescriptionAssessment Task
Due Dates

File Structure & Workflow Revision

Packaging files; managing links; fonts; file formats; compression; workflow; presets

EX 1: Preflight & Preset Creation

2Preflighting & Revision of Print Processess

- Preflighting in InDesign
- Review: Lithography, Letterpress, Gravure, Flexography, Screen

EX 2: Create preflight and check file
3Clipping Paths

- Create clipping paths or varying degrees of complexity (photoshop)
- Working with clipping paths in InDesign & Illustrator

EX 3: Clipping Paths

Assessment Task 1

Knowledge & Skills Session

- Duotones, Tritones, Quadtones
- Greyscale conversion techniques
- Duotone creation
- Formats for duotones
- DCS formats

(Overview of Task 2 for Pre-planning)

5Assessment Task 1: Duotone Poster

- Ideation and base document creation
6Assessment Task 1: Duotone Poster

- Review & Refine
7Assessment Task 1: Duotone Poster

- Proof and submit
Assessment Task 1 Due
8Colour Systems

- Swatch Book & Colour Matching Activity

EX 4: Swatch Book

STAFF/STUDENT Feedback Sessions

Colour Management & Revision of Colour Theory

Cracking the Colour Code
• Colour Theory
• Colour Systems & Guides
• Additive & Subtractive
• Colour Vision

EX 5: Colour Activity

STAFF/STUDENT Feedback Sessions


Introduction to Dielines & Packaging

- Working with Dielines

EX 6: Create Dieline


Assessment Task 2: FMCG

- Set up base document and place mandatory elements
- Place graphics

12Assessment Task 2: FMCG

- Complete all panels and print colour proof
- Staff Feedback on colour proof
13Assessment Task 2: FMCG

- Review & Refine 
- Final proof for approval
14Assessment Task 2: FMCG

- Print & Construct
Assessment Task 2 Pt 1
Digital File Due

Assessment Task 2: FMCG
FMCG Conclusion
- FMCG Wrapper & Product Mockup
- FMCG Package Mockup
- Photograph Mockup & Product

Assessment Task 3 - Knowledge Test

Assessment Task 2 Pt 2
Mockup &
Photograph Due

Assessment Task 3
Knowledge Test

Submission, Feedback & Folio Week


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed text in this course – 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 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.

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.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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

Tasks and exercises in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative exercises provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks. The formative exercises help provide evidence of competency.
This course has 3 Summative Tasks which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard to be deemed competent.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE: Assessments are NOT based solely on final submission of Tasks, if other requirements such as presentations; progress; milestones are specifically indicated on the Timeline (Teaching Schedule) and Assessment Task Instructions. Such additional items and their due dates will form part of the overall assessment.

Summative Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1 – 40%

Duotone Poster
Due Week 7

Assessment Task 2 – 50%
FMCG Packaging Digital File
Due Week 14
FMCG Mockups & Photography
Due Week 15

Assessment Task 3 – 10%
Knowledge Test
Due Week 16

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 are:
CHD - Competent with High Distinction.
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

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 be successful in this course.

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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

Cover Sheet for Manual 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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links - Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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