Subject: The Update: October 18

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 Thursday, October 18, 2018 
Color19 Tracks Announced
Believe it or not but Color19 is just around the corner! We'll be returning to sunny San Diego, CA this January to explore the many facets of color management with the leading experts in the industry. This year we've lined up 35 dynamic breakout sessions over four tracks.
  • Print Production/How-to: Supported by live equipment demos, this track goes under the hood with real-world, practical takeaways you can get started with right away in your company.
  • Brand & Design: Managing color crosses many organizational lines—from design to brand management to production, and this track contains sessions that address the specific challenges and solutions for brand owners and designers.
  • Wide Format Inkjet: This interactive track is all about process control, measurement, and validation! Using a supplied test target that attendees will output on their own devices, they’ll analyze the output, troubleshoot, and resolve color issues.
  • Standards, Research, & Emerging Technology: Color industry standards and new technologies are constantly evolving—this track is all about what will have near- and long-term impact on printers, designers, and brand owners. 
For more information on Color19, visit today!
Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the addition of yet another great new course to its iLearning Center online education platform. As always the iLearning Center is available as a free benefit to printer-members. Check out the great selection of learning opportunities available to you today at

UCR and GCR for Color Separation
Under color removal (UCR) and gray component replacement (GCR) are color reproduction considerations for converting images from RGB to CMYK for the printing press. Understanding the concepts of why they are needed, how they influence color in color separation, and the advantages and disadvantages of each are critical to successful color reproduction. Using practical examples and visuals, this eLearning course will go under the hood to provide a clear understanding of UCR and GCR techniques for color separation in print production.

Time to complete: 1 hour for the course and knowledge assessments.

You will learn:
  • Color gamut comparison and RGB versus CMYK color space
  • How color is separated, gamut compression, and rendering intent
  • Under color Removal (UCR) color separation techniques
  • Gray component replacement (GCR) color separation techniques
  • Comparing UCR and GCR, when, why, and how to use
TAGA Design Challenge Seeks Student Participants
Do you know a college student studying design or art? The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Design Challenge invites full-time students to submit potential designs for its new association logo and brand identity. Entry Deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 31, 2018.

Student Perks:
  • Top three chosen designs will receive cash prizes of up to $500.
  • The student responsible for the top design will also receive an all-expense paid trip (up to $1,000 travel reimbursement) to the 2019 TAGA Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis. 
  • Designs will be seen by hundreds of potential employers. 
  • Designs are an excellent addition to students' portfolios.
Participants Must:
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at a post-secondary technical, two- or four-year college or university. Proof of enrollment is required for finalists before travel stipend is awarded.
  • Student artists may NOT work in teams or pairs; all submissions are individual.
  • By participating in the contest, the artist accepts and agrees to the terms put forth in the official rules for the Technical Association for the Graphic Arts (TAGA) logo competition.
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) unique logo design(s).
  • Design requirements: Logo must adapt efficiently to digital and print media and must be scalable for small and large format reproduction in color and grayscale.
For more information about the TAGA student design challenge, please visit or contact John Bodnar, TAGA Administrator, at or 412-259-1706.

Interested in becoming a TAGA Member? Join Now!

Membership in the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts offers you access to a network of fellow industry professionals and academics conducting current research and development in the diverse field of graphic communications.

Upcoming Webinar: Politics Unplugged
Thursday, October 18th from 2-3 p.m. EDT
With the mid-term elections just weeks away what are the hot-button issues facing our industry? Join Lisbeth Lyons, Printing Industries of America's Vice President for Government Affairs, as we turn our focus on the legislative topics that have the most impact on the printing and packaging industry including:
  • Postal reform
  • Tax reform
  • Tariffs
  • Trade policy
  • and much more
Find out what will be on the industry's 2019 legislative agenda plus a pre-election prediction or two with PIA's "Politics Unplugged" dialogue.

JUST ADDED! Special Guest: Mike Dankler, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN). Mike is considered the go-to Capitol Hill resource on the hot topic of aluminum and steel tariffs and the exclusions process currently impacting pricing by print equipment vendors. He will provide an update on the exclusions process, as well as comments on potential trade and tax policy in the post-election lame duck session.

Define Your Company as a 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas!
You work hard to ensure that you’ve built an exceptional company culture, a safe workplace, and positive and supportive leadership! It’s time to let your company shine among your employees, clients, and competitors and define your company as a 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas!

Company culture, employee resources and benefits, and a safe work environment are pillars of a modern-day workplace for our industry. It takes substantial commitment and innovation to attract and retain valuable employees, stand apart from your competitors, and shine with your clients. Because you have a deep passion for success, be recognized for going above and beyond and setting the example for the printing industry! 

Enter the BWA award program today and join us as we celebrate honorees at a luncheon awards presentation at the 2019 President’s Conference to be held March 3-5, 2019 in beautiful and sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

Please be sure to visit our new BWA video library where a series of short videos can help you gain insights and tips on the categories as well as the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Human Relations, Adriane Harrison, at 412-259-1707 or
301 Brush Creek, Warrendale, PA 15086, United States
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