- Tell about the processes for producing printed
communications: offset lithography, gravure,
flexography, letterpress (relief), screen printing, and
electronic processes. Show samples of each or make
sketches that explain how these processes work.
- Design a printed piece such as a poster or advertising
flier. Make an accurate layout and be sure to specify
the type to be used. Explain the difference between
typefaces and explain their purposes. Explain how type
is arranged and the skills needed to proceed to print.
- Explain the difference between a line and a halftone
illustration and how each is made.
- With your counselor, choose ONE of these printing
processes to print the piece you designed.
- Offset lithographic printing
- Using the layout you made, set the type,
keyline or pasteup, and prepare a suitable
- Properly strip the negative for exposure
onto an offset plate. Expose and process
- Using this plate, print at least 50 copies.
- Screen process printing
- Using the layout you made, hand letter or
set the type, keyline or pasteup, and
prepare a photographic or hand-cut stencil.
- Adhere this stencil to a screen frame and
prepare the screen for printing.
- Using a screen printing base with clamps,
print at least 25 copies.
- Letterpress printing
- Using the layout you made, set the type
either by hand or machine and select an
appropriate engraving to illustrate your
- Lockup your type and engraving in a chase
- Using this form, print at least 50 copies.
- Do the following:
- Review with your counselor a brief background on
the history of bookbinding.
- Explain the differences between perfect, spiral,
plastic comb, and case binding.
- Explain saddle stitching, perfect binding, and four
- Make a scrapbook and bind it using one of the
- Explain the pagination process.
- Identify three career opportunities in graphic arts and
tell how you can prepare for each of them.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Visit a newspaper printing plant. Follow a story
from the editor's desk through composition and
printing. Tell about your visit, including careers
you observed and the equipment used in the
production of the newspaper.
- Visit a commercial printing plant. Follow a job
through production. Tell about your visit,
including careers you observed and the equipment
used in the production of the job.