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Course details

Prepress is the process where visually correct digital files are made technically correct to meet offset and digital production and post-production requirements. Prepress requires knowledge about how colour is managed and reproduced accurately, how ink and/or varnishes are transferred to paper, imaging processes and technologies, and how a print project is finished. This course will teach you how to plan and prepare digital files correctly, so that multiple copies can be produced and post-production requirements such as paper, scoring, folding, specialty techniques such as foil stamping and die-cutting, and binding, are accommodated. We will examine production workflows and a designer's relationship with the printer and meeting the printer's requirements including proofing options and procedures.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of GDES 2087 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 50140


Sat Sep 16 - Sat Dec 16 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 50140
  • $575.20
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 16 - Dec 16 Sat 09:30 - 12:45 Online

Cam Rouse

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. No classes on the following days: Sep.30, Oct. 7 & Nov.11 This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Please log into using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. Students who are currently registered in one or more part-time courses can purchase a subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud Pro at a discount through BCIT’s new software portal h

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Select the most appropriate imaging process (digital, sheet-fed, web, silk or flexo) based on the print project requirements (quantity, substrate, usage, and cost).
  • Create press-ready PDF files that meet the technical requirements of different print processes.
  • Communicate specifications, processes, and intent using standard prepress vocabulary.
  • Prepare files that accommodate binding options: creep, drop down, gutters, etc.
  • Describe the different colour modes, and their limitations to a client.
  • Set up a colour management system on a work station.
  • Maximize accuracy and colour gamut when converting RGB images to CMYK.
  • Prepare files that accommodate special finishes: metallic and spot inks, varnishes, etc.
  • Evaluate the success of trapping in printed products.
  • Create digital die lines.
  • Create digital codes (UPC, QRC)
  • Identify different substrate and ink requirements and limitations: white plates, maximum ink coverage, rich black, etc.
  • Create printer marks within a file that indicate folds, foldouts, pockets, trim, bleeds, etc.
  • Select the appropriate proofing method for the various stages in a print project.
  • Describe what and how to evaluate at a press check.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Prepress (GDES 2087) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Graphic Design
    Certificate Full-time/Part-time


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