PRINTING UNITED ALLIANCE COLOR MANAGEMENT BOOT CAMP
PRINTING United Alliance
PRINTING United Alliance is the new entity formerly known as SGIA. Several years back SGIA introduced a new printing industry color certification, called SGIA Digital Color Professional, specifically for the wide and grand format printing markets. RPImaging is hosting this training class to teach the best methods for color managing printing devices, and preparing attendees for qualification and/or certification in SGIA's program.
What you will learn:
Color management theory and universal concepts
North American print standards and specifications
How to choose a target to match
The process for matching your target
Requirements for establishing an accurate soft-proof on monitors
How to prepare art files properly
How to control both process and spot color using color management in RIP
Best practices and hands-on instruction for linearizing devices
Utilizing the G7 neutral gray calibration
Proven methods for creating ICC profiles (especially for ink savings)
Software for viewing ICC profile gamuts and quality control
Options for how you can verify that your color is accurate
Workbook of all slides to make notes
A link to take the online PRINTING United Alliance Qualified Digital Color Professional Exam
Submission fee for sending the control print (after passing exam)
What's the agenda?
Introduction to Course Class Policies Introductions Workbook
Basic Color Theory Basic color theory gets the boot camp started with a recap of color concepts so that we are all on the same page. Having a common reference point as we talk about color space, gamut, rendering intent, L*a*b*, LCH, viewing conditions and importance of measuring color unites the group for discussion. Understanding different tolerancing methods and what they mean is an important concept that will be explored throughout the boot camp. This section wraps up with a recap of additional resources for the student.
Color Targets and Strategies Color targets and strategies is fundamentally one of the most important parts of the boot camp. Having a color target, a process to get you there and verification to know you’ve reached your target is what makes color management work. Consistent, predictable and repeatable color is our goal so knowing your targets and where to set them is critical. This section also serves as an introduction to what’s to come in the remainder of the boot camp and sets the table, as it were, for the following two days.
Color Targets and Strategies Continued
Monitor Calibration Monitor calibration is exactly what you think it is. We spend some hands-on time calibrating the monitors on the device that we are using during the boot camp. We’ll cover best practices and settings to consider when calibrating, and then we’ll calibrate and verify the calibration of the monitors we are using during the class.
Measurement Devices Measurement Devices, variables and conditions explores the color measurement devices that are available to our industry and helps you to differentiate one from another. We look at aperture size along with measurement geometry/conditions and show you how to reduce variables when measuring color. Thanks to manufacturer support, we have many of the devices available during class for hands-on opportunities with each and we use a popular spectrophotometer during our hands-on profiling module.
Anatomy of Inkjet Printing Great color doesn’t just happen, it’s a process, and understanding the anatomy of your inkjet printer is crucial for consistent and repeatable color. We offer an in-depth overview of different print systems from wide to grand format. Print head type is discussed in detail and best practices for printer maintenance is covered. Good operating environment conditions are covered to help you understand how impactful swings in humidity and temperature will affect print quality – and therefore color.
Spot Colors One of the most powerful features in any RIP software is the ability to manage spot colors. Through a brief lecture and then a hands-on exercise we teach you how to unlock this feature and use it to your full advantage. You’ll learn how to create custom spot colors, manage existing Pantone Spot colors, and troubleshoot for those times that a customer has made a mess of things! Use your printer’s full Gamut and hit spot colors that you may have thought were out of reach.
Color Management Pyramid In color targets and strategies, we taught that color management is all about having a target, a process to hit that target, and then verification that you hit it – the color management pyramid module is all about the process. We teach the color management pyramid because we believe it is a great way to visualize the process and a reminder of the importance of the early steps or foundation of the pyramid. Follow these steps and you will have a good color management system.
Verification The last step in any good color management process is verification. Knowing when you are hitting the target, when your printer is beginning to drift, or when you have missed the target completely is critical in any color management process. We answer the question – “How often should I re-calibrate?”. We show many of the options available and then demonstrate how it works.
Overview of Answer Key An intended outcome of this class is certification in PRINTING United Alliance Digital Color Professional program. This module covers the print form that students will follow through on and submit after completion of the online assessment. We cover the challenges that have been incorporated into the print form and make sure that the student knows how to overcome them. The challenges on the print form are all things the student will run into back at their shop, so this is a very informative module.
LEARN FROM THE BEST
Dan Reid, President, RPimaging, Inc. RPimaging provides consulting services to brands and print service providers to maximize their profit potential by decreasing waste, improving efficiency and repeatability. A G7 Certified Expert since 2006, Dan has helped numerous businesses achieve the merits of G7 print calibration method in flexo, web, sheetfed, digital, and grand format printing. Dan is a contributing speaker at printing conferences and trade shows including SGIA. Dan is also a Color Management BootCamp instructor for PRINTING United Alliance.
80% of our students who completed bootcamps with Dan went on to pass PRINTING United Alliance Digital Color Professional Exam and received their certification.
How to Get Your Certification
After finishing the course, each attendee will receive a link to take the SGIA Digital Color Professional Exam. The Digital Color Professional exam fee is included when you register for this online boot camp.
Once you have passed the written online exam, a PDF test file is provided for you to print and demonstrate your ability to match color beyond a written test using your equipment and RIP. This print is then mailed to PRINTING United Alliance to be measured if you are able to match the targets and spot colors to industry standard color tolerances.
If your print passes the evaluation, you'll earn your PRINTING United Alliance Digital Color Professional Certification!
Minimum class size requirements must be met 2 weeks prior to the workshop start date. If the minimum class size is not met you will be automatically enrolled in the next online class. No refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of the scheduled class start date.
No refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of the scheduled class start date.
In your cancellation request email, please include the name and start date of the Bootcamp program, as well as your full name and email address.