Illustrated Book Production and Paper

Page last updated 25th October 2017

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Purpose of the Course
By combining two of our most popular courses (the BIC Colour Book Production Explained and Understanding Paper training courses), BIC has produced a comprehensive overview of colour book production that will be invaluable to anyone involved in the creation of colour books. 

Benefits of Attending
Developing an improved understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of paper and colour books, delegates will spend time at a paper mill and in a pressroom and bindery. They will see first-hand how paper is made, learn how colour books are printed and bound, and how to use this knowledge in their day-to-day roles.  

With an emphasis on problem-solving and practical demonstrations, this course provides delegates with the tools to select the right supplier, choose the right materials for their product, better express their requirements and solve or even prevent any problems quickly and easily.

Course Level 
This course is aimed at those who are, or would like to be, responsible for the production of colour books. It will be of use to those who are new to colour production as well as those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and would like a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of paper and colour books.

Course Outline
The topics covered will include:

  • How paper is made
  • How to compare one paper with another and select the right one for you
  • How to calculate how much paper you need
  • How to specify your needs
  • What can go wrong and how to identify it
  • The different print processes available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • How colour is printed
  • How an image gets to the page, including conversion to CMYK, screens and ink density
  • How to choose the right proof for your book
  • How a litho press is made ready and how to press pass a book
  • The different kinds of binding available
  • What finishes are available and how they are applied
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
  • How to produce co-editions

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers
Emanuele Cheller, Printer Trento; Heather O‘Connell, Consultant; and Alessandro Nardelli, Mauro Ratto, Fabio Silvi and Edoardo Vincenzi, Cartiere del Garda.
(Read about BIC Traininers, here).

Feedback for this Course
Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here

Frequency of this Course 
Due to the number of contributors to this course and the logistical challenges of running it in three separate factories, BIC will run this course only when a full list of delegates has been identified. As such, the course is currently taking registers of interest only. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.

To register your interest in attending this course, please see the 'Registration' section, below.

Course Location
Trento, Italy.

Course Length
This is a two and a half day course + travel. 

Due to the availability of flights, delegates will usually fly to Verona on the afternoon prior to the course commencing and return to the UK in the afternoon of the final day of the course.

On the Day 
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.

BIC Members £460 + VAT
Friends of BIC £525 + VAT
Non Members £595 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Register your interest in attending this course here.
For further information, please see the 'Frequency of this Course' section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.

Read BIC's Course Cancellations & Refund Policy here.