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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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The 2012 Kodak GUA North American Conference ( for Kodak users took place this past January in New Orleans. The conference included three days of educational sessions, user panels, roundtable discussions, and hands-on demonstrations, as well as networking with industry peers, Kodak management, and Kodak Solution partners. In-depth GUA University classes also were offered. The 2013 GUA event will happen in the spring at a location to be announced.

The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL, holds it 2012 Owners Conference in Chicago, October 4-6, just prior to Graph Expo. Aimed at owners and general managers of small digital, commercial, and quick-print operations, the event will feature educational sessions including: “The Future of Printing and Publishing,” “Equipment Financing,” “Balancing the Business of Sales with the Business of the Business,” “Transitioning from Ownership,” and more. Many of its past webinars are available for download.
Premedia Training Solutions by IPA ( offers several course tracks geared toward the graphics industry, including: PDF Workflow, Imaging, Layout, Imposition, Color Management, and others. Courses are available via an annual, monthly, or single-course subscription.

Print Buyers International ( will hold its Color Management Workshop on October 8, 2012, just prior to the association’s Annual Print & Media Conference, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The three-hour workshop will focus on a step-by-step review and discussion of optimizing workflow by addressing critical areas where most print challenges develop. Topics will include: “Color Theory: The Impact of the RGB to CMYK Conversion on Print,” “Why WYSIWYG Isn’t Always True,” “Which Measuring Instruments You Can’t Be Without,” “The Impact of Paper on Color,” “The value of SWOP, GRACoL, and G7,” “Addressing the Challenges of Color Management,” and others.

Hosted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA,, the 2012 edition of the Color Management Conference features an array of seminars: “Why RGB or CMYK,” “Inkjet/Wide-Format Production,” “Color Managing Wide Color Devices,” “Repeatability and Consistency in Digital Profiling,” and others. A pre-conference session, “ROI Using Color Management,” is also available. The event takes place December 1-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its training videos, available online to members, include: “10 Smart Strategies for Green Marketing,” “Color Separation Considerations – UCR and GCR,” “Common Database Issues in VDP,” “RGB PDF Files,” and many others.