Certification from an outside party is a differentiator for any business, setting you apart from the competition. It’s proof that a skillset has been mastered, further validated by an external review or assessment. The Oxford dictionary defines “certified” as “officially recognized as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.” In the print buying world, an SGIA Digital Color Professional certification means consistent, predictable and repeatable color matters to you.Read More
My introduction to color management was through a class I took in college. I was an art major with a concentration in photography, continually frustrated and disappointed in the quality and color output of our local print shops. In 2010, during my junior year, my school offered a one-time elective called Advanced Digital Output with Professor Tony Caltabiano. I began to learn about color management, digital printing and how different print facilities handled their color and quality.Read More
Two years ago, SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers asked if I was willing to travel to Australia. “Sure, why not?” I replied, having no idea of the adventure that awaited me.
It had all started with Ford and SGIAA President, Nigel Davies discussing ways to revitalize SGIAA’s membership. Ford’s first suggestion was color management training and certification, which is where I entered the picture.
The intricacies of color management are well-known throughout the digital print sector — but what else could be influencing inconsistent color production and exacerbating wide-format workflow bottlenecks?
PrintFactory invited print shop representatives to share their experiences and frustrations in a short survey, helping to create a fuller picture of the biggest blockers to productivity and profitability.Read More