Pittsburgh, PA - Printing Industries Press is pleased to announce a new addition to its wealth of training materials, Prepress Skills Training Curriculum, by Joe Marin. Marin, senior analyst, digital technologies and noted instructor for Printing Industries of America, compiled this training resource to address all of the issues that today's prepress technician will inevitably encounter. This newly revised curriculum covers topics such as PDF creation, uncovering digital file problems, soft proofing, color management, and working with camera RAW.
Within the printing industry, training and education are imperative to maintaining success as an organization. In fact, printers in the top 25% in terms of profitability spend more than twice as much on training than competitors, according to Keys to Profitability: Strategic and Operational Characteristics of Printing Industry Profit Leaders.
While it is extremely important to properly train press operators, it is equally as important to have well-educated prepress technicians. Challenges within the prepress stages of a job can prove to be just as troublesome and costly as those in the pressroom. To address this stage of job operations, the Prepress Skills Training Curriculum focuses on six main areas:
• Orientation to Desktop Publishing
• Job Engineering
• Image Capture
• Press, Binding, and Finishing
• Digital Output
"Having worked in prepress for twelve years, I know that it is difficult-if not impossible-to find time for training," said Marin. "This curriculum is broken into short bites, called 'modules.' This allows staff to be trained in short segments, most of which can be incorporated into learning lunches."
Marin recognized the need for a revision to the popular Imaging Skills Training Curriculum. "The old curriculum contained content that had changed dramatically or was no longer relevant," Marin said. "We found that many teachers and trainers were still very interested in the program, and so we decided to completely update the curriculum. The new program contains new slides, movies, review questions, and suggested hands-on activities."