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Ano Letivo: 2021/22

Design e Tecnologia das Artes Gráficas


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Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho nº 9182/2020 - 25/09/2020

7 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 105,0 TP + 4,0 OT + 3,0 O , Cód. 964445.

- Luís Miguel Alves de Oliveira
- Rui Miguel Sardinha Proença
- Miguel Alexandre Pereira Sanches

Not applicable

1. Understand and control the prepress steps in the graphic production workflow;
2. Utilize specific page layout software;
3. Acquire skills in separation and color management for different printing processes;
4. Acquire skills in analog and digital imposition.

1. Program presentation and introduction to the interface;
1.1 The work environment. Document definition;
1.2 Introduction to the operating program toolbox;
1.3 Master page concept. Page definition;
1.4 Composition and editing of simple and complex texts.
2. Page layout;
2.1 Import and manipulation of text and images;
2.2 Grid: organization of the text in columns; tabs, collapsing and opening paragraphs; information hierarchy;
2.3 Text treatment: character and paragraph attributes, «widow» and «orphaned» lines, hyphenation and justification control,
2.4 Construction and editing of tables;
2.5. Paragraph, character, and table styles and formatting. Text editing, definition of parameters applicable to types and paragraphs;
2.6 Color Editing, Color Palette and Gradients; Creation and editing of process and special colors;
2.7 Creating and editing indexes;
2.8. Management of extensive documents.
3. Document Finalization;
3.1 Color separation simulation;
3.2 Creating and editing PDF files;
3.3 Preflight and Package.

1. Originals and their reproduction;
1.1 Classification and identification of different types of originals, their analysis and control;
1.2 Light sources;
1.3 The photographic process of obtaining film originals.
2. Screen ruling theory and its applications;
2.1 Screen ruling, dot geometry, screen angle; AM, FM and XM rulings.
2.2 Introduction to densitometry and densitometric magnitudes;
2.3 Control elements & measuring instruments.
3. Color Management;
3.1 Application of quality control at all stages of transformation from control elements, reference and tolerance parameters, using measuring instruments.

1. Identification and nomenclature of equipment, instruments, consumable materials and essential tools for the execution/preparation of layouts and assemblies in millimeter or square bases.
2. Assembly;
2.1 The preliminary stages for the preparation of the photoliths to be assembled;
2.2 Standard Formats, DIN (series A, B, C, D and graphic formats);
2.3 Layout of the base page; determination of the rectangle/spot of the text and distribution of the perimeter margins;
2.4 The layout – Assembly requirements conditioned by the printing process;
2.5 Assembly – Regulatory elements to carry out the assembly;
2.6 Regular and irregular layouts.
3. Control elements in the assembly;
3.1 Crop marks, registration marks, perforation marks, crease marks, signature marks (book work);
3.2 Machine entry indication, gripper margin, color identification (CMYK, Pantones, etc.), strips for visual and densitometric control; file handling.
4. Digital imposition and digital workflow software;
4.1 File Compatibility; PDF, JDF, PPF;
4.2. Imposition/digital assembly.
4.3 Position Proofs: obtaining digital proofs, reviewing and comparing/retesting with layouts and with the originals.

Evaluation Methodology
Continuous assessment:

PAGE LAYOUT- 50% assessed practical work >=10; 45% written test >=10; 5% for attendance.
COLOUR SEPARATION - 50% assessed practical work >=10; 45% written test >=10; 5% for attendance.
IMPOSITION - 50% theoretical-practical work with evaluation >=10; 45% written test >=10; 5% for attendance.

The students eligible to sit the exam will have to complete a summative test.

The exam-based assessment covers is as follows:
PAGINATION - 50% assessed practical work >=10; 50% written test >=10.
COLOUR SEPARATION - 50% assessed practical work >=10; 50% written test >=10.
IMPOSITION - 50% assessed practical work >=10; 50% written test >=10.

Final classification is calculated as follows:

- BAER, L. (2004). Produção Gráfica. S. Paulo: SENAC
- JOHANSSON, K. e LUNDBERG, P. e RYBERG, R. (2004). Manual de Producción Grafica: Recetas. Barcelona: GG
- ANTON, K. e DEJARLD, T. (2020). Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2021 release). San Francisco: Pearson Education, Adobe Press
- KIPPHAN, H. (2001). Handbook of Print Media? Technologies and Production Methods. Berlin: Springer-Verlag
- AMBROSE, G. e HARRIS, P. (2008). The Production Manual, A Graphic Design Handbook. Lausanne: AVA Publishing
- FORMENTI, J. e REVERTE, S. (2008). La Imagen Gráfica y su Reproducción. Barcelona: Ediciones CPG
- SEDDON, T. (2007). Images: A Creative Digital Workflow for Graphic Design. London: RotoVision
- BARBOSA, C. (2012). Manual Prático de Produção Gráfica. Lisboa: Principia

Teaching Method
1 - Lessons supported by audiovisual media and analogue and digital technologies;
2 - Practical exercises.

Software used in class
Adobe InDesign (Page Layout)
Trueflow SE - SCREEN (Imposition)
XMF Workflow - FujiFilm (Imposition)




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