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BIC’s Pre Press for Publishing Course 

March 8 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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When: 09:30 to 17:00 on Wednesday 8 March 2023. This course will run once in 2023.

Location and format: In person in London. Numbers are limited to 6 individuals.

Fee: BIC Members £260 + VAT; Friends of BIC £310 + VAT (includes Publishing Scotland members); Non Members £355 + VAT


Purpose of the Course

Taught by a pre-press expert on their premises, this is an interactive course focusing on the pre-press workflow from image selection to file supply – whether that’s for print or digital distribution.

Poor image selection and mistakes at pre-press can be very expensive. As such, this course aims to provide delegates with the skills to minimise the risk to their organisation and ensure they know how to get the intended result.


Benefits of Attending

Using a combination of seminar-based discussions, activities and practical demonstrations, this course will provide an overview of the pre-press workflow and print processes.

The pre-press world is full of jargon and complex terminology which can be hard to decipher. This course clearly explains the process and will demystify the language and techniques, helping delegates to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and unnecessary expenditure, and solve problems quickly and easily.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 6.


Course level

This course is for anyone in publishing who is responsible for the selection of images, the creation and output of files for books or the finished quality of books. It is aimed at those with no previous, formal training in colour.


Course Outline

The topics covered include:

  • The basics of colour theory
  • The conversion of images from RGB to CMYK, how it’s done and what can go wrong.
  • An introduction to colour management, why it’s important and what it can do for you.
  • Colour profiles and how to select the right one for your project
  • An explanation of image digitisation and scanning
  • A look at the different file formats available and their uses
  • How to assess the quality of an image
  • What is page make-up? – what you need to consider, co-editions, tints, etc.
  • Retouching and colour correction – what can be achieved and the commercial considerations
  • An overview of the different types of proof available, their pros and cons, how to specify them and assess their quality
  • Why are viewing conditions important and what impact can they have
  • How to mark-up a proof



For full details and to book, see BIC’s Pre Press for Publishing Course on Eventbrite


March 8
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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