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Opportunities for Learning

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.

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3M ( offers its Advanced Installation Training for vehicle wraps: three-day, in-depth hands-on training, discussion, and demonstrations. Held several times a year in St. Paul, Minnesota, these training opps are done by 3M Preferred Graphics Installers from 3M Technical Service. Other 3M training opportunities include two- to five-day vehicle-graphics training in conjunction with Lowen Corporation (Kansas); and three-day seminars on various graphics applications with an emphasis on vehicle graphics, in San Antonio, Texas hosted by Lodde Business Systems.

3M also offers two separate certification programs: 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company and 3M Certified Graphics Installer. And its 3M Graphics Video Library ( includes a number of instructional videos for graphics providers. The online videos cover topics including vehicle wraps for severe contours, how to profit from vehicle wraps, wall-graphic applications, and race-car wrap applications, to name just a few.

Tuned Color (, with offices in Pennsylvania and California, provides training and seminars on large-format print workflow, color management, design software, and employee training.

X-Rite ( offers several training options. Its classroom training workshops, all held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides a range of classes on various topics including: Color Management for Wide Format; Color Formulation Workshop; Integrated Color Management; Introduction to Color Management; and others.

Onsite training is also available for all aspects of workflow, including input devices, monitor calibration, file preparation and handling, application setup, RIPs, printers, and color management. G7 Master Qualification is also available through onsite training.

X-Rite also offers various hosted online seminars (including Color Science for Beginners) and offers various seminar tours, including “The Fundamentals of Color and Appearance.” And its Pantone division ( offers Pantone TV, for tips on how creatives can get the most out of their creative designs.

Beyond the tradeshow floor
Yes, the show floor is an important component of any tradeshow, but you can make the most of your tradeshow experience by going beyond the show floor to learn about new techniques and technologies that will benefit your shop. Many show offer seminars and workshops led by industry experts and these educational offers are a great way to learn more about the equipment and software currently utilized in your shop. They’re also a good opportunity to explore practices and techniques that you might have considered implementing, but have not yet had the time or resources to further pursue. Some of the industry opportunities include: