Forensic Printing Process Identification

taught by Joel Zlotnick

Course description

Welcome to Forensic Printing Process Identification!  The first two chapters of this course are being made available as a FREE TRIAL to all users of this website.  Chapters 3 through 5 will become available as they are developed over 2018 for those that choose to purchase the full course.  Stay tuned for more developments by signing up to the Counterfeit Forensics email list when you register for the free trial.   

For detection of counterfeit documents, printing process identification is a critical skill. Printing technologies such as letterpress, intaglio, offset lithography and inkjet all work differently to deliver ink to paper. Under magnification, each printing process is unique and each displays its own microscopic characteristics that can be recognized using the right lighting and magnification.

To help you master these topics, you'll have access to hundreds of magnified images of that were captured using a professional-grade forensic imaging workstation. You'll have control over the lighting conditions used to inspect hundreds of different documents used as examples in this course. You'll choose between incident, oblique and transmitted light to see the unique print characteristics in each sample.  

Try out the free trial now to begin your journey towards understanding printing process identification.

Technical requirements:

This course is best viewed on a monitor of at least 15" size. Recommended Windows browsers include Internet Explorer 10 or later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) and Firefox (latest version). Recommended Mac browsers include Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) and Firefox (latest version). Recommended mobile browsers include Safari in Apple iOS 8 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 8 or later, and Google Chrome in Android OS 4.1 or later.

Joel Zlotnick
Joel Zlotnick
Owner, Counterfeit Forensics, LLC

A former U.S. Secret Service forensic scientist and expert on counterfeit documents, Joel Zlotnick has extensive experience teaching and authoring curricula for counterfeit detection training. While with the Secret Service, Mr. Zlotnick trained hundreds of Secret Service agents and taught counterfeit detection courses to thousands of cash handers in more than 20 countries worldwide. Mr. Zlotnick possesses M.S. in Forensic Science and B.S. in Chemistry degrees. Founded in 2011 by Joel Zlotnick, the mission of Counterfeit Forensics, LLC is to provide the best counterfeit detection training possible.

Course Curriculum

Chapter 3: Intaglio
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Chapter 4: Offset
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Chapter 5: Graphic Arts and Counterfeit Detection
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