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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

Onsite training is also available and allows employees to learn while in the comfort of their own shop. Onsite training is 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 phone-and Web-based interactive training sessions, which are taught live by an X-Rite Color Expert. Additionally, the company offers seminars on color theory in various locations throughout the year.

Tradeshow education
Make the most of your attendance at trade shows this year, and go beyond the show floor to learn about new techniques and technologies that will benefit your shop. Many tradeshows offer seminars and workshops led by industry experts during the tradeshow, or in some cases, in the days leading up to the main event. These educational offers are a great way to learn more about the equipment and software currently utilized in your shop and are 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.

Graphics of the Americas will take place February 25-27, 2010, in Miami Beach, and
will offer an array of seminar sessions. The 2009 event offered 44 seminars across 10 educational tracks such as prepress, production, management, sales/marketing, and variable-data printing. Additionally, the event teamed with the Aquent Graphics Institute to offer 16 sessions for designers in three tracks—creative, PDF/Photoshop, and
strategy—and also offered 11 seminars in Spanish.

The ISA International Sign Expo is again offering its ISA Discovery Seminar Series for 2010. The seminar series offers interactive forums; hands-on workshops; and seminars that cover digital imaging, legislative regulations, technical industry application, and management, sales, and marketing strategies. The 2010 ISA Expo will be held in Orlando, Florida, April 8-10. (Some educational programs begin on April 7.)

ISA also offers an International Sign Academy program via the association’s website. The Sign Academy offers webinars and seminars on topics including installation and service, production and fabrication, design, sales and marketing, and project management.

Attendees at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo can choose from more than 100 seminars and hands-on workshops covering the digital-imaging industry. PMA 2009 will be held October 22-24 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.