Format & Output Workshop
Yesterday I signed up and attended a formatting and output workshop at University. I found this workshop very interesting- it introduced ways of printing according to the publication being using as well as the intention in which you mean to use it. I realised that there are a ridiculous amount of printing methods and settings, therefore it is important you know what you are doing. I have always been interested in printing methods and over my years at University, I hope to better my knowledge. Yesterday was a step forwards.
Types of printers introduced:
- Prints onto various materials, such as acrylic.
- Can print white.
- Has the ability to emboss.
- Must be a PDF file sent to print.
Laser and Inkjet Printers:
- Commonly used for businesses.
- Better quality print- nothing spectacular
- Quick and Easy
- Not as good quality as above.
- Standard in industry.
- Mainly used for garments and textiles.
- Uses Sublimation dye ink which when heated turns to gas to then transfer onto the material.
- Able to print high quality photographs onto metal
In the workshop, we were set a task of creating 8 black and white visual PDF documents in which can be placed onto an InDesign document, with the intention to print out variations of booklets using a 2 colour process.
When choosing the print settings it was important to select the correct paper type, page setup and sizing, as these are the most common eras when printing a document. For the booklet, the essentials were to make sure the document was on a 2 saddle stitch, left bind and coming out of the right paper tray to make sure it was on the paper we had chosen.
At the end of the workshop I had 3 versions of booklets showing my illustrations. Although I didn’t think much to the booklets I made, it was more about the process- learning how to print in different ways, with different paper and in different settings, which is what made this workshop interesting and useful. I hope I will continue to broaden my knowledge with printing and experiment further.
Below shows my created booklet experiments.