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Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication, Grade 9 - 12, Advanced Digital File Preparation and Output, 2009

1.) Describe the use of digital photography in image capture and digital imaging.

2.) Summarize the capabilities and functions of imagesetters, platesetters, and digital printers.

3.) Compare the advantages and disadvantages of various hard and soft color proofing systems.

4.) Demonstrate current systems, techniques, and imposition software for outputting files computer-to-plate.

5.) List uses and capabilities of storage devices for digital files, including network servers.

6.) Identify the advantages and disadvantages of different storage media including compact diskette (CD), digital video diskette (DVD), and flash memory.

7.) Demonstrate file compression utility for file storage or transfer.

8.) Explain the differences between Type 1, True Type and Open Type font formats.

•  Analyzing various font management activities and processes
9.) Create logo designs for integration into a three-panel fold brochure design.

•  Utilizing a scanned template to create a logo
10.) Utilize the Pantone Matching System to produce a multicolor job that includes scans, text, and spot color artwork.

11.) Demonstrate the use of PostScript in digital prepress.

•  Determining the strengths and weaknesses of Tagged Information File Format (TIFF), Encapsulated PostScript (Eps), picture (PICT), Joint Photo Graphic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Document File (PDF), Portable Document Format prepress data exchange (PDF/X-3), and Desktop Color Separations (DCS) in a PostScript environment
12.) Apply procedures to produce, modify, and output files to customer-supplied or industry standard criteria.

13.) Use a photo manipulation program to perform basic color correction and image cloning.

14.) Identify safety considerations in computer-to-plate and direct-to-digital press operations, including interpreting Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and demonstrating proper waste disposal methods.

15.) Demonstrate the trap to be applied to digitally created page using page layout, illustration, or trapping software.

16.) Apply process control procedures necessary for successful digital file output.

•  Identifying direct imaging technologies on press
•  Utilizing plate scanning and ink key presetting technologies
•  Identifying digital plate materials and types
•  Comparing characteristics of paper and other various printing substrates, including foil and plastic
17.) Demonstrate deletions and repairs to an offset plate.

18.) Design a folding dummy for a 16-page job with pagination, folds, and guides.

19.) Evaluate computer-to-plate operations at a commercial printing operation or facility.

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