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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

New Vision: A subsidiary of Tekgraf, New Vision ( provides certified classroom training for a variety of products, including HP, Onyx, and others at its Greenville, South Carolina location. The company also offers an On Site & Custom training program. Its "Prints in Motion" multi-city training tour in 2008 was designed to educate print and signage vendors on how they can use solvent-printing and wrap-application services to grow their businesses. Each day-long event featured a live car wrap installation from start to finish as well as printing, finishing, and cutting demonstrations.

Roland University: Roland University offers end-user and dealer workshops for each of its product lines, featuring hands-on instruction by industry experts. In 2008, the workshops include: Born to Wrap Workshop, focusing on vehicle graphics; X-Rite Roland Color Workshop, a one-day workshop that hits on step-by-step color management strategies to help users increase productivity, avoid common pitfalls, and experience better color output; and Productivity Workshop, a one-day event to help users establish a consistent color workflow between graphics applications and Roland VersaWorks.

In addition, Roland’s Express Dealer Open House is touring the country in 2008, allowing users to experience Roland wide-format printers, printer/cutters, and more. Remaining tour venues in 2008 include: Laurel, Maryland (August 20); Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (August 21); Clearwater, Florida (October 3-4); and Pompano Beach, Florida (October 4).

3M Graphics Resources Video Library: 3M makes an array of online videos available to print providers through its Graphic Solutions page on its website. Titles and topics range from "Turn Textured Surfaces into Prime Real Estate" and "Complex Contour Applications: Vehicles" to "Advertise 24/7: Fleet and Vehicle Graphics" and "Wall Graphic Application."

X-Rite: X-Rite ( and Pantone are presenting "Color Control Freak" seminars, one-day events designed to provide in-depth look at color, its value in the design process, and reproduction techniques, throughout the year. Attendees learn how to: collect, build, and specify color that remains consistent from screen to print; effectively communicate color with clients; use palette-building software tools to select and build reproducible color palettes; work with RGB, CMYK, and spot-color systems; ensure better screen-to-print matching; calibrate the monitor to improve color editing; use in-house printers for accurate prints and proofs; and do color-management setup in Adobe CS2 and CS3.