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Professional Associations and Resources

(February 2005) posted on Mon Feb 07, 2005

A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.

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IPA is a trade association consisting of graphic communications
and graphic-arts supplier companies. It aims to unite
and educate leading providers of integrated graphic solutions.
IPA member companies provide services ranging from
concept and design to prepress and asset management,
from traditional printing and fulfillment to digital printing and
electronic output. Offers research studies, publications, and
IPA University.

Association of Professional Color Imagers (APCI)

A division of PMA, the APCI develops and promotes the professional
color laboratory industry, through marketing research and
business resources. Members include portrait/wedding labs,
general service labs, and commercial labs.

ASTM International
(formerly American Society for Testing and Materials)

Provides a global forum for the development of voluntary consensus
technical standards for materials, products, systems,
and services. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over
30,000 ASTM members from more than 100 countries.

Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress,
Press and Postpress (CIP4)

Members participate in focused working groups to define future
versions of JDF (Job Definition Format) and to study user
requirements. Members include vendors, consultants, and endusers
in the print-communications and graphic-arts industry.

Digital Printing & Imaging Association (DPI)

A trade association representing firms producing digital graphics,
primarily in the US, but also in countries throughout the
world. Members include digital printers to screen printers to
photo labs and textile printers to reprographic shops. Holds a
yearly trade show and conference with SGIA; offers articles and
information on the latest technologies, government affairs, and
business management; features purchasing discounts; and
offers a toll-free DPI hotline.

Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA)

A division of Photo Marketing Association, DIMA conducts
national and regional conferences that include sessions on the
production and sale of large-format graphics. DIMA tracks the
market through research studies, shares success stories, and
helps members stay up-to-date on the technology front. Digital
Quick Start Seminars initiate digital beginners into the basics of
creating digital images, running a digital imaging business, and
the future of digital imaging.

Giclee Printers Association

Formed in 2001, this organization attempts to define industry
standards and educate consumers to quality control and
longevity issues surrounding digital inkjet printing of fine art.
This group certifies fine-art printmakers as TruDecor and Tru-
Giclee quality.

Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF)