Digital File Preparation for Letterpress

with Kevin Brown
Tuesdays: November 2, 9, 16; 4:30–6:30pm CT

From etchings to photographs, learn how to achieve optimal results in translating a variety of imagery 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 and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop.

Some experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or C

$120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: Participants must have access to and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop 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 10/25 at midnight (CT).