DIGITAL PRINTING & IMAGING COMMUNICATIONS

Digital Printing is a method for printing on paper, photo paper, canvas, fabric, or vinyl.

This class is packed full of printing projects since the instructor believes students learn better when they are having fun. If you want to create a design, whether it’s in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, and print it, then this class is for you. 

You will enjoy this project-based class where you start off creating your own business card. Soon you move on to decals, labels, movie posters, Christmas cards, and graduation announcements.

Students participate in live work assignments dealing with businesses in the community. They compete annually for the winning logo for the Barbecue and Blues event. A committee chooses the winning design to be used on posters and shirts.

One of the class favorites is screen printing. You will learn how to  

  • coat the screen,  
  • burn an image (one for each color used in the design),  
  • develop the image,  
  • tape the screens,  
  • and pull the ink through to show the final product.  

You can print your image on t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatpants. In fact, the class will design and print their own class shirts along with class shirts for other classes.  

DPIC student screen printing t-shirt

With wide format printers, you will find out how to print on poster paper, banner material, and vinyl up to 54” wide and several feet long.  

Did you know printers order large sheets of paper that must be cut down to various sizes depending on the project? You will learn stock cutting formulas and diagrams to get the greatest number of cuts with the least amount of waste.   

You will learn types of paper and weights of paper which will aid you in printing manuals and multipage books. The bookbinding process teaches you how to fasten the pages together either with spiral binding, wire stitching, or gluing the spine.  

  

After completion of the class, you will find there are many options for employment in the printing industry if you provide good customer service and possess a strong work ethic.  

  • Bindery Operator 
  • Client Services 
  • Offset Printing Press Operator 
  • Platemaker 
  • Pre-press Operator 
  • Press Operator 
  • Production Artist 
  • Production Printing 
  • Project Manager 
  • Screen Printer

POTENTIAL CAREER PATH:

Source: Zippia.com Zippia Logo

I got a printing job that paid for my college education and graduated debt-free.
Mike Nelson, Nelson, Inc.

IMAGE PRINT DESIGNER

Digital Printing and Imaging Communications (DPIC) are everywhere.

Documents, brochures, books, magazines, decals, labels, and signs utilize creative techniques in an effective way to get messages across in print, electronic, and film media. To accomplish this, designers use a variety of methods such as:

  • Color
  • Type
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Various Print & Layout Techniques

Instruction and hands-on activities focus on:

  • Graphic Imaging
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Proofing & Printing Principles
  • Digital Photography
  • Image Capture
  • Scanning Black & White, Color
  • Image Editing
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Photo Software & Digital Images
  • Application of Vinyl Graphics
  • Vinyl Signage & Screen Printing

AREAS OF STUDY:

  • Introduction to Graphic Communications
  • Safety
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Professional Development
  • Keyboarding
  • Proofing Principles
  • Digital Photography
  • Image Capture
  • Scanning Black & White, Color
  • Image Editing
  • Drawing/Illustration
  • Portfolio Development
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Digital Photography/Photo Software
  • Photo Software & Digital Images
  • Screen Printing
  • Vinyl Signage
  • Portfolio Development – Print

Quick Facts

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  • Students: Adult & High School
  • Campus: Drumright Only
  • Times: Morning, Afternoon, Full Day
DPIC student printing a shirt

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