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Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing

Not everyone needs to be a digital expert. With that said, there are many benefits of understanding how Adobe creative suite can be used to ensure successful printing.

Our one-day workshop will arm even “non-­techy” people with digital arsenal of skills needed to prepare their drawings, photographs, and designs into a press-ready file for screenprinting, letterpress printing or risography.

For example, students will better understand color modes and when to use each of them (CMYK, Greyscale, and Bitmap). Students will learn tricks for separating an image into multiple layers and adjusting contrast, levels and curves to create high-contrast black and white images from scanned drawings. Students will learn how to add trapping to their artwork and how to create an on-screen approximation of what their artwork might look like as ink on paper.

Through hands-on file editing, students will practice using a variety of tools to help plan and visualize multilayer prints and create crisp darkroom-ready stencils.

The class will focus on Photoshop, but also address when and how to use Illustrator. Students should come with basic understanding of Photoshop as the class if focused on tools for printmakers, not teaching the program from the ground up.

Students will use their own computers with Adobe Creative Suite*. This workshop focuses on digital pre-press file editing. Students will not be creating prints during the workshop.

 *Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with creative suite. A limited number of students may be able to use onsite computers.

Risography 101 (August)

The Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like prints in a variety of saturated colors. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will walk students through the fundamentals of risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting

This is a quick and fun introduction to screen printing on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making personalized cards for their friends and family — just in time for the holiday season!

You’ll learn how to make screen stencils, prepare your ink, line up your cards and, the best part, pull a squeegee. Just bring a one-color digital or hand-drawn designs to the workshop. A bold black and white image will work best and you will be able to print your image in any color.

If there are particular blank cards you’d like to print on, bring them along! Basic white 5×7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own cards.

Students will walk away with a set of up to 20 handmade greeting cards for friends, family and coworkers.