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Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication, Grade 9 - 12, Introduction to Graphic Arts, 2009

1.) Define the role of graphics in the free enterprise system.

Examples: print markets, types of print businesses, printing ranking, typical business flow, printing industry associations

•  Recognizing types of companies that employ persons with graphic arts skills
Examples: commercial printers, direct mail printers, periodical printers

•  Identifying the relationship of counterfeiting and copyright laws related to graphic arts
2.) Identify major printing processes, including flexography, gravure, lithography, screen printing, and digital.

•  Identifying advantages and disadvantages of major printing processes
•  Listing typical products produced by major printing processes
•  Explaining sequential steps in technical production flow from idea to finished graphic arts product
•  Interpreting production information on a job docket or ticket
3.) Explain safety rules for graphic arts, including press procedures, paper cutter procedures, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved methods to dispose of waste materials, and Material Safety Data Sheets.

4.) Describe proper use of safety equipment, including fire safety equipment, first aid kit, eye wash station, protective safety procedures, dress code, and warning labels.

5.) Describe necessary steps for addressing injury in the graphics arts laboratory.

6.) Identify various software applications and file formats for graphic arts.

•  Comparing portable document file (PDF) format to native files for proofs
•  Describing various file formats and their extensions
Examples: document (doc), Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), bitmap (BMP), Tagged Information File Format (TIFF), hypertext markup language (HTML)

•  Describing the difference between a roster image and a vector graphic
7.) Explain the purpose of a folding dummy and imposition.

8.) Describe uses of image capture and digital file output equipment and processes, including basic scanning and digital camera hardware and digital platemaking equipment for offset plates.

•  Identifying the difference between line art and continuous tone originals, trapping and proofing, and hard and soft proofs
9.) Explain color usage in graphic arts technology.

10.) Identify basic press systems quality control devices.

Examples: color bars, densitometer

11.) Identify padding equipment materials and hand tools, stapling and stitching equipment and supplies, punching and drilling equipment and tools, folding equipment, collating equipment, die cut equipment, and embossing equipment.

•  Explaining different binding methods and applications, including case binding, perfect binding, saddle stitching, and lay flat binding
•  Describing the mailing and distribution process of printed products
•  Recognizing the basic procedures used to produce die cut, embossed, and foil products
12.) Describe basic bindery operations in graphic arts.

•  Identifying advantages and disadvantages of in-line, off-line, and near-line finishing
•  Identifying basic paper types, including weights, grades, grain directions, and classifications used in the printing industry
•  Creating basic folds for printed products
•  Creating a basic paper cut from a parent sheet and a master cutting diagram for making cuts
•  Utilizing punching and drilling equipment
•  Demonstrating side, saddle-stitched, or stapled products
13.) Calculate measurements for graphic arts technology, including line dimensions for printing, type in points and line length, volume for mixing chemicals, and original images for reduction and enlargement.

14.) Solve mathematics problems related to graphic arts, including type calculations, liquid measurements, conversion problems, and paper-cutting calculations.

•  Determining volume for mixing chemicals in pressroom
15.) Describe desirable work ethics and habits needed for the graphic arts industry.

Examples: teamwork, dress code, communication skills

16.) Research career options in the graphic arts industry.

17.) Evaluate job opportunities to include wages, benefits, and employment responsibilities in the graphic arts industry.

18.) Describe a commercial printing operation and its production department following research and industry site visits.

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