Subject: The Update: August 8

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Wednesday, August 8
New Color Accurate Soft Proofing Course Added to iLearning Center

Soft proofing is an essential function in a print shop, because more creative and color-critical decisions are made on an LCD display than on any other device or media. Yet, most print professionals are not managing their displays properly to ensure that what they are seeing on displays is as close as possible to what the final printed product will look like.

Color Accurate Soft Proofing aims to give the student the vital information to calibrate and profile displays for color-accurate soft proofing.

Students will learn:
  • What is soft proofing?
  • Requirements for success
  • Hardware and software requirements
  • The 5 steps to a color accurate display
  • How to use Adobe CC applications to view color accurately
  • The ideal soft proofing viewing environment
Click here to access the course!

2018 Print Market Atlas Has Arrived

For the fifth year, PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management has compiled a report using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the County Business Patterns database. In the 2018 Print Market Atlas, the Center reported data from fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

Print owners have used this report to get a glimpse of what the market looks like in their area. The Atlas offers information on how many establishments, shipments, and employees are in their area to give decision makers the tools they need to make choices on where to lead their company.

Members can download the report for free from the Printing Industries of America online store. The report is $200 for non-members.

For more information regarding the 2018 Print Market Atlas, contact

State Marijuana Laws—Interactive Map

In this era of legalized marijuana and an ongoing opioid crisis, how can companies manage employees that may be using these or other drugs?

To better assist you with navigating drug policies, we have created an interactive map that displays information regarding the medical or recreational marijuana legalization status in each state. You can select legal or illegal in the designated boxes to determine the status of marijuana laws and view information for each individual state. The map will be continuously updated with relevant information. To access the interactive map, click here.

In case you missed the How High Can You Go? How to Manage Legal and Illegal Drug Use In The Workplace webinar, click here to access the webinar recording, which covers:
  • The severity of the problem of drugs in the workplace
  • Understanding modern marijuana, both medical and recreational
  • A review of the laws regulating marijuana
  • Strategies for managing medical marijuana use
  • Recognizing prescription and non-prescription opioid use
  • Methods of drug testing
  • Pros and cons of pre-employment drug testing
  • Sample drug policy

For questions on this issue, please contact Printing Industries of America's Director of Human Relations Adriane Harrison for assistance at 412-259-1707 or
Upcoming Webinars - Free to PIA Members

CMYK + and Print Embellishment
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Find out about CMYK + and print embellishment and how both print and design are changing with this huge growth area in the industry. Find out what are the leading market drivers for change in digital print and the significant margins print will get from it. Learn about amazing new applications being supported by CMYK + capabilities like metallic inks, clear ink, white ink, expanded gamut, etc.

PIFE Webinar—6 Reasons Why Companies Should Consider an ESOP
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Outlining the usage and often overlooked benefits of an ESOP for shareholders of privately owned companies. Understand why and how to use an ESOP as a partial or complete exit strategy or liquidity event, while dispelling common misconceptions.

The New World of Tariffs: Navigating the Process as a Downstream Customer
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Tariffs--on paper, on aluminum, and more--are the hottest and ever-changing topic in manufacturing today. Trade policy is notoriously complex, and downstream customers, like printing companies, can be left feeling confused or ignored by the tariff process. PIA and its nationally known legal experts will help you understand the basics and how you as a customer may be impacted now or in the future. Cut through the partisan rhetoric and get straight to the facts during this timely webinar. Plus, learn how to be your company's best advocate in navigating this new world of tariffs.

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