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Back to the Basics: Training and Education

(September 2008) posted on Thu Sep 11, 2008

Timing may be perfect to return to the classroom.

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By Gregory Sharpless

EFI Connect users conference: EFI’s annual event allows users to test-drive products, discuss industry trends, network with peers, and, of course, attend educational sessions (more than 160 at last count). The most recent Connect conference ( offered extended classroom sessions, expanded computer lab times, and added specialty tracks so attendees could have a focused day on a specific discipline within the industry.

ECM 2008-Extreme Color Management: Presented by the Color Management Group (, the consortium of consultant-based resellers, this event offers an array of educational sessions designed to provide information and insights into the newest color-management techniques and technologies. Specific sessions include: "The Metrics of Color," "Workflow: Up and Running," and "Color Management’s Uncharted Territory." In addition, a track has been set up to help managers make decisions about implementing color-management techniques. The event takes place September 16-17 in New Orleans. The Color Management Group also offers a variety of webinars as well as self-paced color-management courses.

HP Knowledge Center: Via its online Knowledge Center, HP’s Large-Format Printing Workshops ( offer step-by-step tutorials on topics ranging from creating banners to developing backlit displays. The site also provides creative workflow videos that demonstrate how users move from concept to creation for various applications.

Ideal Large-Format Scanning Webinars: Ideal ( offers three categories of webinars hitting on the topic of large-format scanning. Its Educational Webinars are open to all users and cover large-format topics such as "introduction to" presentations, overviews of various technology, and general tips and tricks. The company also offers Online Software Demonstrations and Dealer Training Webinars.

LexJet Great Output seminar: Focusing on professional photographic and fine-art printing, in conjunction with Canon, the Great Output traveling seminar from LexJet ( hits the road in September and visits 20 cities across the country by the end of the tour. Instructor Tom Hauenstein will address quality color management (calibrating, profiling, soft proofing), efficient workflows, and innovative print applications (including how and when to enter new markets), as well as provide demonstrations of the Canon imageProGraf printer.