CMP for Premedia

The CMP for Premedia course is designed for those seeking to understand how to properly color manage a premedia graphics workflow. This Color Management Professional course is comprised of eight video lessons totaling about four hours in length. The course describes the principles of color management with a focus on both prepress and premedia workflow, providing an excellent education on color management throughout the complete graphic communications workflow. The student should be familiar with basic color theory, graphic communication workflows and print production processes, having completed the Color Management Professional (CMP) Fundamentals course.

Course Lessons

Lesson #1: Color Management at the Print Stage

  • Applying color management for the output device
  • How to understand and achieve color expectations
  • How and when to use or ignore embedded profiles
  • Creating PostScript or PDF files with output in mind
  • Different flavors of PDF
  • Preflighting PDF files

Lesson #2: RIP Strategies for Color Managing Platesetters

  • Calibration vs. linearization
  • Impact of screening technologies on Color Management
  • Press Calibration - 3 strategies
  • Applying ICC profiles in the RIP
  • Device Link Profiles and their Application

Lesson #3: Color Management at the Input Stage 

  • Profiling Scanners
  • Profiling Monitors
  • Proper Color Management in Photoshop
  • Soft Proofing
  • Printer Driver Considerations
  • Making Profiles for Digital Cameras
  • Workflow options: RGB vs. CMYK
  • Digital Image Specifications

Lesson #4: Implementing Industry Printing Standards 

  • History of Printing Standards
  • Exploring SWOP, SNAP and GRACoL
  • Product Specifications vs. Press Standards
  • United States Standards vs. International Printing Standards
  • Gravure and Flexographic Printing Standards
  • Press Standards versus Reality
  • Why use a Print Standard ?

Lesson #5: Application Preferences and Color Settings 

  • Applying color settings and preferences within the premedia workflow including:
    • Photoshop
    • lllustrator
    • InDesign
    • Adobe Acrobat
    • QuarkXPress
  • Printing with and without Color Management Active

Lesson #6: RIP Strategies for Color Managed Proofing

  • What is a RIP ?
  • Drivers versus RIPS
  • RIP Qualification
  • RIP Calibration
  • RIP Characterization
  • RIP Conversion
  • Quality Assurance
  • Verifying a Color Proofing System

Lesson #7: RIP Strategies for Color Managing Large Format and Digital Presses 

  • Common wide format plotters, digital presses and associated RIPs
  • Color Output Problems
  • Impact of Screening and Resolution on Color Management
  • Understanding Calibration and Linearization
  • Characterization: Creating Media Profiles
  • UCR to optimize output
  • Quality Assurance of Media Profiles
  • Factors to consider when choosing a reference color space
  • Gamut limitations for color data and prints
  • Applying ICC profiles in the RIP
  • Configuring Rendering Intent Settings
  • Conformation and Process Control

Lesson #8: Repurposing Data 

  • Digital capture considerations
  • File sizes and resolution
  • Color space considerations
  • Assigning, converting, and embedding profiles
  • The advantage of an RGB Workflow