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Prepare a publication for commercial printing

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Learn what you need to know to prepare a Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 file that you will take to a commercial printer.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Five self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Determine what kind of commercial printing is best for your publication.
  • Find a commercial printer in your area.
  • Determine whether you need color separation and, if so, what kind.
  • Determine what kind of graphics to are best suited for your publication.
  • Use the Design Checker to check for potential problems.
  • Pack a publication to take to a commercial printer.

You're planning to create a publication with Publisher and have it professionally printed. You expect to make a lot of decisions about how the project will look and what it will say, but are you expecting to make decisions about how it will print?

Commercial printing requires that you follow certain conventions to ensure successful printing. If you overlook some of these conventions when creating your publication, you might incur higher costs when your commercial printer has to redo some of your work.

These lessons will give you a good idea of what you need to keep in mind when preparing a publication for commercial printing.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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