DM1573 Graphic Arts Technology 7.5 credits

Grafisk teknik

A basic course on graphic arts production systems.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the students are supposed to be able to:

  • describe the structure of the graphic arts industry in Sweden
  • describe the process steps in the graphic arts production chain
  • explain the colour systems; RGB, CMYK and CIELAB
  • describe basic image processing methods and apply them in practice
  • explain the principle of print preparation and colour management according to ICC and apply them in practice
  • explain the process steps of paper production
  • select suitable printing method according to product
  • select suitable paper grade according to printing method and product
  • describe the main printing methods; lithography, flexography, gravure, silk screen and digital printing
  • describe the principle for environmental marking of printed products
  • explain the principle for measuring print quality in the form of print density, dot gain, optimal ink level, NCI, using a densitometer and perform the measurements
  • produce a print ready original
  • produce a one-colour print in sheet-fed offset
  • work with the main text, image and layout programmes for producing print ready originals
  • explain digital image representation of images in vector or bitmap format.
  • explain the main file formats
  • describe the print start up sequence until approved stockpile
  • describe quality control methods in the graphic arts production work flow
  • describe the main post production operation steps

so that the students

  • can produce technically well structured and typographically appealing documents
  • make suitable choices for the production of printed products with respect to the number of copies, print quality and delivery time
  • can produce print ready digital original adapted to the printing press
  • will be able to follow the subsequent courses in the “Print communication” programme.

Course main content

Lectures on: survey of the graphic arts industry, basic reproduction technology, colour theory, principles for colour printing, page making, printing methods, ink and paper, post press handling and distribution.

Laboratory work: production of a simple printed matter, image processing, colour management systems for print adaptation and measurement of colour strength.

Visits to companies in the industry.


For single course students: completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B, English corresponding to English A.


To be announced at least 4 weeks before course start. In a very similar course they used: K. Johansson: Grafisk kokbok. Guiden till grafisk produktion. Arena.


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Assignment, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology


Leif Handberg <>

Supplementary information

This course cannot be counted in the degree if the student has taken 2D1574/DM1574/DM1570.

This course has replaced DM1570 Graphic Arts Technology 1.

Add-on studies

DM2529 and DM2531


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.