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What Does It Look Like When Color Management Breaks

In this fast paced mid-day webinar, industry leading color management practitioners Dan Gillespie, Jim Raffel, and Shelby Sapusek will take you through some common color management failures and ways to resolve them. Don't come for the slidedeck but instead the lively conversation as it seldom two color management pros agree 100 percent on the correct solution to a color problem.

We plan to cover topics such as: How RGB and CMYK are different than L*a*b*; why not to leave source profiles defaulted to SWOP; how to choose the correct rendering intent; and why skipping a daily nozzle check of your printer can only lead to problems. The team will likely come up with additional topics as time allows.

What you’ll learn:

- How to choose the correct color management setting in Adobe apps and your RIP software.
- Why changing the default color management settings could give you more color gamut
- How important simple machine maintenance checks can be.
- The path to more consistent, predictable, and repeatable color!

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Recorded May 4, 2021

“The State of the Print & Sign Franchises” LunchNLearn Webinar

“The State of the Print & Sign Franchises” LunchNLearn Webinar Allegra. AlphaGraphics. FASTSIGNS. Minuteman. Sir Speedy. Signs By Tomorrow. Signarama. SpeedPro. Every year, Printing News and Wide Format & Signage conduct their annual Print and Sign Franchise Review. How and what the franchises are doing can be a useful barometer for understanding how the industry at large is doing—especially in the age of COVID. Are they growing and expanding their centers? Is revenue increasing? How are they growing? What products and services are they expanding into? What challenges are they facing and how are they confronting them? And, of course, what impact did the COVID pandemic have on their centers?

On April 28 at 1 pm EST, WhatTheyThink’s latest installment of its monthly LunchNLearn webinar series will offer the results of the annual Printing News/Wide Format & Signage Print & Sign Franchise Review. In this 30-minute session, WhatTheyThink Managing Editor Richard Romano and Senior Editor Cary Sherburne will share the results of the annual franchise survey, talk about how the franchises weathered the coronavirus, and discuss what the franchises’ plans are to expand in 2021 and beyond.

Who should attend?

  • Commercial printers looking to see how these businesses are addressing challenges in the market
  • Sign and display graphics producers looking to know what new products and services are being added and implemented
  • Distributors/brokers looking for partnership opportunities

What you’ll learn:

  • The current state of the print and sign franchises—number of centers, revenue, top performing centers, etc.
  • The new products, services, and other opportunities the franchise are adding or considering
  • The top challenges the franchises are facing, and how they are addressing them
  • The overall outlook for 2021 and beyond

“The State of the Print & Sign Franchises” is the latest installment of WhatTheyThink’s monthly half-hour LunchNLearn webinar series. Upcoming topics include the industry’s “100 Top Shops” and our special Technology Outlook Week series of daily Webinars. For more information about WhatTheyThink webinars, please visit http://whattheythink.com/webinars/.

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Recorded April 28, 2021

Orchestrating Success: New Trends in Trade Brokering & Distributing

Every motion you make in your business sets the tone for the ultimate performance of the supply chain. Whether you are a manufacturer/service provider shepherding the genesis of the supply chain or a reseller/distributor working bi-directionally within the supply chain, success hinges on advanced collaboration in order to deliver on customer expectations.

Join us on February 24 at 1 p.m. ET for the latest in WhatTheyThink’s LunchNLearn Webinar series. In this 30-minute session, industry analyst and WhatTheyThink contributor Preston Herrin will be joined by Matt Bruno, Executive Vice President of the Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA), to look at the key traits of successful print resellers and distributors.

What you’ll learn:

  • The importance of focusing on the ever-changing needs of the end customer
  • How to nurture lasting partnerships between trade providers and resellers
  • How to pioneer new value chain opportunities

“Orchestrating Success: New Trends in Trade Brokering & Distributing” is the latest installment in WhatTheyThink’s monthly LunchNLearn webinar series.

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Recorded February 24, 2021

Planning Your 2021 Software Purchases

The 2021 WhatTheyThink LunchNLearn webinar series kicks off with software and workflow. We are all planning for a brighter 2021, but is your software infrastructure ready for your growth plans? In this session, WhatTheyThink contributor Pat McGrew and Keypoint Intelligence analyst Ryan McAbee will look at the key areas you should be evaluating and considering as you kick off the new year.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why production and workflow software has become more important for a print business
  • How software can help you grow your business
  • How to evaluate your needs and tailor your investment plans

“Planning Your 2021 Software Purchases” is the latest installment in WhatTheyThink’s monthly LunchNLearn webinar series.

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Recorded January 20, 2021

Finishing Up the Year: Trends in Binding and Finishing

2020 has been the year of imposed flexibility—and a worldwide pandemic made it abundantly clear that diversification is the key to surviving and thriving in uncertain times. From cutting and embellishment, to exciting developments robotics, to some fascinating new offerings in book-of-one bindery automation, in 2020, the finishing category offered a range of opportunities for printers to stand out and expand their offerings. This session looks back at the year in binding and finishing.

What you’ll learn:

  • How companies made creative use of their finishing equipment to make PPE and other pandemic-related products
  • What categories of finishing equipment were red hot in 2020 and what new products were launched
  • What were the latest developments in embellishments

“Finishing Up the Year: Trends in Binding and Finishing” is the latest installment in WhatTheyThink’s monthly half-hour LunchNLearn webinar series.

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Recorded December 9, 2020