PrintED Competencies

Digital Production Printing

  1. Define digital printing. Include a description of electrophotography (EP), ink-jet, ion or electron charge deposition, magnetography, thermal transfer, thermal dye sublimation and electro-coagulation.
  2. Describe the types of jobs that use one, two, four or more color digital printing.
  3. Describe a print-based digital workflow process. Include customer requirements, job/program type (static or variable), design, cost, turn-around time, content (images and illustrations, text and numbers), preflighting, digital proofing, color management, press makeready, output, finishing, shipping and verification of receipt or action.
  4. Describe the submission of a job through a web browser portal.
  5. Define a Raster Image Processor (RIP), and discuss its functionality, differences and significance in a digital printing workflow.
  6. List and define the types of file formats that can be sent to a RIP.
  7. List the advantages/disadvantages of using certain types of file formats (source files, postscript, post RIP’d, Portable Document Format (PDF).
  8. Define proofing within a digital printing workflow.
  9. Compare digital printing to offset printing by comparing/contrasting the advantages/disadvantages of each one.
  10. Describe the types of proofing within a digital printing workflow.
  11. Describe the differences between colorants used in digital printing versus offset lithography.
  12. Describe the differences in substrates intended for offset printing versus digital printing.
  13. Explain the importance of paper grain direction as it relates to digital printing and finishing.
  14. Identify substrate-related print quality issues as they relate to digital printing.
  15. Given a particular digital printing process, describe the advantages/disadvantages of using a pre-printed shell.
  16. Given a particular digital printing process, identify basic subsystems of a digital press.
  17. Given a particular digital printing process, explain the importance of proper environmental conditions required for digital printing.
  18. Given a particular digital printing process, identify safety considerations for digital press operations.
  19. Explain the importance of proper environmental conditions required for digital printing.
  20. Identify safety considerations for digital press operations.
  21. Given a specific operating system (Apple Macintosh computer [MAC] and/or a Personal Computer [PC]), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), estimate production costs for a digital press.
  22. List and define the skills required to be a digital output specialist, manager of a digital printing operation and a seller of digital printing output capabilities.
  23. Given a specific operating system (MACand/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), demonstrate proper paper handling.
  24. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), describe and demonstrate the operational procedures for planning and executing a job by demonstrating the ability to read and interpret production information on a job docket/ticket, maintaining a checklist, queuing a job, and demonstrating proper calibration.
  25. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), send a job to a RIP.
  26. Given a specific digital printing system (RIP and Engine), release a job from the RIP (queue) to a digital press.
  27. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), print a black-and-white or process color job on uncoated paper.
  28. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), print a black-and-white or process color job on coated paper.
  29. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), print and finish a saddle-stitched booklet (via in-line, near-line and/or off-line method).
  30. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), print and finish a perfect-bound booklet (via in-line, near-line and/or off-line method).
  31. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), perform preventative maintenance procedures on the digital press.
  32. Define variable data printing.
  33. Give specific examples of variable data printing products.
  34. Compare and contrast the production considerations of a variable data job compared to a static job.
  35. Using personalization and database software and text/graphics for a specific client, create a variable data printing job.
  36. Given a specific operating system (MAC and/or PC), print driver and a digital printing system (RIP and Engine), print and finish a variable data print job.

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