Digital File Preparation for Letterpress

with Kevin Brown
Tuesdays: June 13, 20, 27; 6–8pm CT

Learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery, from etchings to photographs, into digital files ready to be sent out to be made into photopolymer plates for letterpress. This virtual workshop is a guide to Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) with an emphasis on aspects relevant to letterpress printing, including scanning and converting grayscale images to bitmaps, alternative methods of halftoning such as diffusion dithers, and other tips and tricks. Participants must have a general knowledge of letterpress printing as well as access to Adobe Photoshop (some experience with this software is helpful but not required).

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or C

$145/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$73 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: Participants must have access to and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite throughout the workshop. As this is a participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.

Please note: Registration closes 6/8 at midnight (CT).