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Intro to Prepress Workshop

New to printing? Designing for print? This three-day workshop* is geared towards graphic designers and artists that are either working as prepress operators or designing for print. The workshop starts off with attendees going on press to print a job, where they will learn about platemaking, ink formulation, press basics and more. Print samples will be analyzed and measured. For the remainder of the workshop, go hands-on with the tools available in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other prepress software needed to prepare artwork for printing. On the final day, after adjusting the art, go back on the press to see the result of good prepress work.

*A working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is required!

Topics Covered:

Computer Lab:

  • Trapping
  • Barcodes and Legal
  • Screening
  • Color Separation
  • Step and Repeat
  • RIP
  • Color Management
  • Prepress Automation
  • Proofing
  • Working with CAD Dielines

Press Room:

  • Platemaking
  • Ink Formulation
  • Flexographic Press Setup
  • Process Control
  • Substrates
  • Color Measurement
  • Diecutting
  • Common Print Defects

Who Should Attend?

  • Prepress Operators without a print background
  • Graphic Artists/Designers designing for print
  • Prepress Operators in need of a hands-on refresher

Class Size:

Limited to 10 students


  • $1295/person or $1195/person for groups of 3+
  • $1195/person for early bird ends March 21, 2023
May 23-25, 2023. Enroll Now!

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Cancellation Policy: 21 days prior to event date for 100% refund; 14 days prior to event date for 50% refund; no refund will be given less than 14 days. Email

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics | 311 Harris A. Smith Building, Fernow Street, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634