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School's in Session

(September 2009) posted on Tue Sep 15, 2009

Head back to the classroom -- real or virtual -- to learnnew skills and refine existing practices

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By Clare Baker

The EFI Connect conference brings EFI users together to test-drive products, discuss industry trends, attend keynote addresses, and network with peers. Nearly 200
breakout sessions were offered this past August at the 10th annual conference held in Las Vegas. The conference also includes a Connect Computer Lab, which features demo stations where users can meet one-on-one with EFI support, training, and development staff.

EFI also offers its Color Academy Training Course on EFI Colorproof XF. Taught onsite or at a US training location, the two-day course covers installation of the product as well as confi guration, settings, licensing, spot-on color, linearization, and more.

Presented by the Color Management Group, the Extreme Color Management (ECM)
conference offers comprehensive technical information on color-management techniques and technologies. The event also includes the Spectrum keynote address and sessions for managers that cover how to implement colormanagement practices.

Visit HP’s website to access free large-format printing workshops. A workshop on pre-production tips and techniques explores image processing, design software, and scanning and resolution techniques; discusses color calibration; and covers how to scale an oversize project. Printing and marketing large-format projects is also covered in another class that teaches step-by-step printing; discusses techniques for rigid printing and finishing; and highlights marketing, selling, and quoting tips.

In addition, HP has expanded its HP Graphic Arts Capture program to cover the wide-format arena. A collection of tools and training initiatives to help print providers gain a competitive edge, the Capture program includes: locator guides for finishing equipment, digital front ends, and media; vertical market overviews for applications; large-format market studies; customizable marketing templates; open house planning guides; and much more.

Although Ideal no longer offers scanner-related webinars (it sold its scanning division to Contex last year), the company retains its services and software-development divisions and offers webinars on its sub-based Ideal Scanroom software. The webinars are by request only and scheduled as one-on-ones.