- Review with your counselor the processes for
producing printed communications: offset lithography, screen process
printing, electronic/digital, relief, and gravure. You may show samples or
draw diagrams to help with your description.
- Explain the difference between continuous-tone,
line, and halftone artwork. Describe how it can be created and/or stored
in a computer.
- Design a printed piece (flier, T-shirt, program,
form, etc.) and produce it. Explain your decisions for the typeface or
typefaces you use and the way you arrange the elements in your design.
Explain which printing process is best suited for printing your design. If
desktop publishing hardware and software are available, identify what
hardware and software would be appropriate for outputting your design.
- Produce the design you created for requirement 3
using one of the following printing processes:
- Offset lithography
Make a layout and then produce a plate using a process approved
by your counselor. Run the plate and print at least 50 copies.
- Screen process printing
Make a hand-cut or photographic stencil and attach it to a
screen that you have prepared. Mask the screen and print at least 20
- Electronic/digital printing
Make a layout in electronic form, download it to the press or
printer, and run 50 copies. If no electronic interface to the press or
printer is available, you may print and scan a paper copy of the layout.
- Relief printing
Prepare a layout or set the necessary type. Make a plate or
lock up the form. Use this to print 50 copies.
- Review the following post press operations with
- Discuss the finishing operations of padding,
drilling, cutting, and trimming.
- Collect, describe, or identify examples of the
following types of binding: perfect, spiral, plastic comb, saddle
stitched, and case.
- Identify three career opportunities in graphic
arts and tell how you can prepare for them.
- Do one of the following, and then describe the
highlights of your visit:
- Visit a newspaper printing plant: Follow a
story from the editor to the press.
- Visit a commercial or in-plant printing
facility: Follow a job from beginning to end.
- Visit a school’s graphic arts program: Find out
what courses are available and what the prerequisites are.
- Visit three Web sites on the Internet that
belong to graphic arts professional organizations and/or
printing-related companies (suppliers, manufacturers, printers):
Download product or service information from two of the sites.