Understanding Colour for Print
Course detail

A technical understanding of the way colour works is essential for anyone involved in the design or production of 4 colour printed books. 

This course is designed to help you improve your skills so that you are able to take the right decisions when preparing colour for print, colour correcting or press checking.  The day combines theory with lots of visual examples and interaction.

Topics include the different colour spaces, RGB to CMYK conversions, colour management and the use of colour profiles.  We look at preparing images, sharpness, resolution and discuss the different types of proofs and see how they relate to the printing process with its many variables.    

The day includes a short session round the light box where you will see  how to identify colour issues.  You will also see the effect of different finishes and surfaces on colour.  And you will learn how to read a colour bar and understand how it can help you identify problems.


Who is the course aimed at?
Suitable for anyone involved in the design or production of 4 colour printed books
  • Improve your technical knowledge of the way colour works
  • Learn about colour management and why we need it
  • See some of the typical problems and how to avoid them
  • See the effect of different finishes on colour
  • Understand which proofs might be best for your books
  • Increase your confidence to trouble shoot colour issues

Absolutely fantastic trainers, a lot of really good information on the technicalities of printing in colour. Great to learn about how to use a lightbox and the practicalities of reading a colour bar

Matthew Cole, Pan Macmillan

Course summary
26th Feb
1 day
9.15 am
5.00 pm
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Michael Burman, Teresa Solomon
£445 plus VAT - discounts available
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This course is run by:
Michael Burman runs our ever popular Understanding Colour course and graduated with a BA Hons degree in chemistry from The University of Oxford and a Diploma in Printing Management from The London College of Printing. He is Managing Director of F.E. Burman Ltd, a London based company in business for nearly 50 years specialising in data management, pre-press, printing and mailing services for a wide range of blue chip clients. Michael has a wealth of practical experience and extensive knowledge on colour. He has trained and lectured at The London Institute, PIRA and at industry wide seminars and conferences in Europe and USA. Michael’s easy and approachable manner makes him an excellent communicator and trainer.
Teresa is highly experienced in colour and the technicalities of book production. She worked on the Production side in book publishing for many years before moving to Imago. While Production Director of Dorling & Kindersley she moved the company over to working digitally (away from working with film) and trained the staff in the new technology. She has worked closely troubleshooting colour and print problems with printers, repro, production and designers for many years. For the last 15 years Teresa has worked for Imago developing training courses for the Imago Training School and is one of Imago’s colour experts. Teresa is now closely involved in the development of new courses, working with the trainers, and with consultancy work offered by Imago’s Training School.