GCIP 105  Design for Print Production - Fall 2012

GCIP 105 • Section 72486 • 4 Units • Tuesday & Thursday 2:00PM 4:50PM • MD 133
Instructor: James Miller • Phone: 760.744.1150 ext 2452 • Email: jmiller2@palomar.edu

In the printing industry, there are a variety of production and press options. This course covers the basics in operating a variety of printing presses. Students will learn the difference between digital and offset presses as well as concepts in register board presses and direct feed presses. Specific areas of study may include types of paper stock, press set-up and plate types. This course may also cover processes for color printing such as 1-color or 4-color process jobs.

Offset lithography, or offset printing, is most frequently used for printing magazines, newsletters, tabloids and books. Students in this course will learn terminology and basic operations of an offset press. Specific areas of study may include press plates, rollers, inks, materials, paper stock and press safety. Students may also learn about environmental factors in printing such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification and other green printing initiatives.



The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.
James matthew barrie

Offset lithography is a process used for printing on a flat surface, using printing plates. An image is transferred to a printing plate, which can be made of a variety of materials such as metal or paper. The plate is then chemically treated so that only image areas will accept ink. Water and ink is applied to the plate. The plate is then rolled onto a rubber cylinder applying the inked area, and in turn the rubber cylinder applies the image to the paper. The system is offset because the plate does not come in direct contact with the paper, which preserves the quality of the plate.

This course introduces students to the planning, design, and layout of visual communication for print production. Basic computer applications for layout of business communication set using color, images, paper, and the lithographic production processes to complete the package. Emphasis is on practical application.


The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
Jonathan swift

In the printing industry, it's important to have a good understanding of graphics and what types are acceptable for different printing methods. A graphics and design course will provide a general background for the types of graphics programs, files, fonts and color formats that may be used within the printing industry. Students may cover everything from CMYK and RGB color graphics to setting print margins and transferring font files. This is primarily focused on hands-on activities, and students use a variety of graphics software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to identify types of copy; analyze and solve a basic visual communication problems; demonstrate understanding of the page layout computer applications; analyze type and images for level of communications; demonstrate appropriate image selection; understand imposition and it's relation to the print production process; demonstrate understanding of proofing materials; perform image carrier preparation; identify paper characteristics; demonstrate understanding of image production with lithographic process.


What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
Wendell phillips

Learning outcomes are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of a learning activity. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitudes.

In addition to the learning outcomes set forth in the general education core curriculum for the associate degree, specific outcomes for this program have been established. Upon completion of this class, the student will be able to: design and prepare copy for publication, utilize desktop publishing software common to the printing industry, apply appropriate color theory to design and copy, appropriately bind and finish a printed document, and apply appropriate management skills for technical workers.


books are humanity in print.
barbara tuchman

Students are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per unit per week in class and outside assignments. Students are to read text, studey lecture and lab notes, research and write required papers and complete lab assignments.

The key to successful print production is an understanding of the entire workflow, from scanning and file creation through prepress and print production. Fully updated by author and publishing consultant Brian Lawler, The Official Adobe Print Publishing Guide brings together the collective knowledge and wisdom of the experts at Adobe Systems in a simple, elegant presentation of the fundamental concepts and issues related to producing high-quality printed output. The book includes succinct, expertly illustrated explanations of the basic concepts and terminology of print production, along with Adobe's tried and true guidelines, tips, and checklists for ensuring a successful print job.

How to Print a Book