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(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 company also offers a Prints in Motion program, a multi-city training program on how to use solvent printing and wrap applications to grow a business. The day-long event features live car-wrap printing, installation, finishing, and cutting demonstrations. Additionally, New Vision offers online training including live webinars, on-demand webinars, downloadable, computer-based training CDs, and a learning center where visitors can access manuals, CDs, proposals, and videos.

This past summer, Nik Software offered six free, hour-long webinars that cover photography topics, including enhancing weddings, wildlife, portraits, landscapes, and fine-art images. The classes offered insights and tips on all of Nik Software’s image-enhancing plug-ins. The webinars will continue through mid-September. In addition, Nik also offers more than 70 short, online educational videos that cover the entire line of the company’s products. The free seminars can be downloaded or streamed.

Roland University offers end-user and dealer workshops for each of its product lines, featuring hands-on instruction by industry experts. This year, those programs include the Born to Wrap Workshop, the X-Rite Roland Color Workshop and the Productivity Workshop. The Born to Wrap Workshop is a two-day workshop that covers a vehicle graphics job from design to installation. Attendees will learn tips on file setup and design, color matching and workflow, printing, cutting and laminating, job estimation, sales, and advertising; and preparation, application, and removal techniques.

The X-Rite Roland Color Workshop covers step-by-step color-management strategies to help increase productivity and accuracy; and the one-day Productivity Workshop aims to help print providers establish a consistent color workflow between your graphics applications and Roland VersaWorks.

3M Graphics Resources 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 racecar wrap applications, to name a few.

X-Rite offers several training options via its Color Services Group. Hands-on classroom training workshops are held at the company’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Customers can register for a range of classes that focus on various products or techniques, including color formulation, color management for wide format, introduction to color management, and more.