Greetings to all print production enthusiasts!

Welcome to the 2017–18 academic year.  While the PPT course remains the same, there have been many changes to the dates and locations. Please register or reregister for the classes you wish to attend. Classes are taught by Trish McCusker, who has 30+ years of experience in the print production field. Classes are free. Dates and course content subject to change; check this page before each class.

Class size is limited to 15 people. Walk-in are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged to reserve your space. 

Overview

 


Specialty Treatments—September 19

Please note: this class has outgrown our former classroom and has been relocated to my department on East Campus. The address is: 3100 Marine Street. ARC (Administration Research Center) is a five-story brick building with 2-hour metered parking out front and back. We’re on the fifth floor, in Conference Room 546.

The flashy stuff! Get more bang for your buck and higher visibility for your project. Don’t assume you can’t afford it. Discover the little touches that can make your project pop. This class will be a veritable Show and Tell of print samples, featuring a specialty treatments guru who is very much respected in the industry for his vast knowledge of printing, foil stamps, embossing, die-cuts, packaging, novelty folds, unique bindery treatments, varnish/coatings and more. 

This class allows you to view a broad range of print pieces and learn how they were produced. Plus, we offer free one-on-one consulting (by appointment) on any of your personal projects. 

Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Place: (East Campus) 3100 Marine St., #546, Boulder, Colorado
ARC (Administration Research Center) is a five-story brick building with 2-hour metered parking out front and back. We’re on the fifth floor, in Conference Room 546.

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Print Shop Tour—October 10

We’ll visit two shops where the magic happens! The first tour is a large print shop with broad capabilities and big imaginations. The second tour is a bindery and specialty treatments shop that has a wide range of capabilities. Both shop’s claim to fame are producing eye-catching projects that can elevate the look and success of your print projects. You will see the equipment and processes, and meet the people who have made this their life’s work for many years.

Both vendors are 20 to 30 minutes from campus and we will spend 45 minutes at each, with 15-minute travel time between tours. Travel to and from are managed by yourselves. Carpooling is encouraged. 

Tour 1—Tewell Warren Printing
Tewell Warren Printing specializes in quality printing, creative brainstorming and cutting-edge technology.
Time: 9–9:45 a.m.
Location: 4710 Lipan St., Denver, CO 80211
If you get lost, are delayed or won’t be able to make it, please call or text Trish McCusker (970-690-0777).

Tour 2—Oxford West 
Oxford West specializes in high-quality, hands-on production such as: projects requiring unique bindery treatments, beautiful packaging, hand assembly and more. It’s a hot spot for inspiration to ensure your project is attention-getting and has the upscale visibility to boost the success of your pieces. 
Time: 10–10:45 a.m.
Location: 1801 W. 64th Lane, Denver, CO 80221
If you get lost, are delayed or won’t be able to make it, please call or text Trish McCusker (970-690-0777)

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Creating an RFQ—November 7

Create your print vendor Request for Quote—apples-to-apples quote comparisons are a must. Handouts will be provided with the tools needed to send your RFQ out for bids and maintain consistency for future projects.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Preflight and Prepress—December 5

(Or, How to Blow your Budget 101): Learn the lingo and the process to prepare your digital art files for the printer. Failure to know the technicalities may require “file intervention” by the printer at a cost of about $150/hour. Learn the correct way to prepare your digital files so they won’t compromise your budget or deadline.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Mailing and Distribution Basics—January 9, 2018

Do you want to save some money? Steer clear of postal nightmares? USPS has very unforgiving requirements to get your direct mail to its destination. Be aware of the specs before you begin any design or get print quotes. A mistake here could cost your department thousands of dollars.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Intro to Print Production Training—February 6, 2018

Overview, syllabus, and structure of classes. Preview printed samples that illustrate what you’ll learn in this series of training classes. Classes are free and open to anyone. Take the whole series or pick and choose the ones that will meet your needs.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Pre-Project Planning—March 6, 2018

Know the critical questions to ask before you begin your project and create your Request for Quote (RFQ). Explore the many cost-saving measures to maximize your budget and elevate the quality and visibility of your print collateral. Discover opportunities for multipurposing and gang-running projects that could allow you to create two jobs for the price of one.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Types of Printing Presses—April 3, 2018

Become familiar with the wide variety of printing presses available, and the pros and cons of each in order to choose the appropriate press for your budget and deadline. This class has been rescheduled to July 19. Please re-register if you’d like to attend.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Paper Stock and Recycling—May 1, 2018

Not all papers are created equal. Asking for a brochure to be “printed on white paper” could result in a wide variety of outcomes. Learn about some little-known truths involving recycled content, carbon footprints and the sustainability certifications earned by paper mills and printing presses. Each decision can affect your cost.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

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Specialty Treatments—TBD

The flashy stuff! Get more bang for your buck and higher visibility for your project. Don’t assume you can’t afford it. Discover the little touches that can make your project pop. See printed samples and learn about specialty treatments such as: embossing, foil stamping, die cuts, bindery treatments, varnish/coatings and more.

Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Place: Center for Community (C4C), Room 435 S

Register