Purpose of the Course

Taught by a pre-press expert on their premises, this is an interactive course focusing on the pre-press workflow from image selection to file supply – whether that’s for print or digital distribution.

Poor image selection and mistakes at pre-press can be very expensive. As such, this course aims to provide delegates with the skills to minimise the risk to their organisation and ensure they know how to get the intended result.

Benefits of Attending

Using a combination of seminar-based discussions, activities and practical demonstrations, this course will provide an overview of the pre-press workflow and print processes.

The pre-press world is full of jargon and complex terminology which can be hard to decipher. This course clearly explains the process and will demystify the language and techniques, helping delegates to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and unnecessary expenditure and solve problems quickly and easily.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 5.

Course Level

This course is for anyone in publishing who is responsible for the selection of images, the creation and output of files for books, or the finished quality of books. It is aimed at those with no previous, formal training in colour. 

Course Outline

The topics covered during this course will include:

  • How to create a great pre-press brief
  • How to assess image quality and its suitability for each project
  • Understanding colour theory and how it impacts on the finished book
  • Understanding colour management
  • How retouching can improve an image
  • How to colour correct 
  • Specifying the correct file format for your needs
  • Understanding the different proofing options available and knowing which one is right for your book
  • Knowing the different digital options available and being able to select the most appropriate one for your requirements

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers

Heather O’Connell, Consultant (Read about BIC Trainer, here).

Feedback for this Course

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Date & Frequency of this Course 

This course will be scheduled as soon as possible; for the latest updates, contact us or join the BIC Training Course mailing list.

To register your interest in attending this course on an unspecified date in future, please see the ‘Registration’ section, below.

Course Location


Course Length

This is a full day course. 

On the Day 

All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.


BIC Members £340 + VAT
Friends of BIC £400 + VAT
Non Members £465 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list.


Register your interest in attending this course
Please note that BIC will not schedule a further date for this course until we have a full list of delegates. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

Read BIC’s Course Cancellations & Refund Policy.