- Do you struggle with matching monitor colors with prints?
- Have you ever wondered if there is a better, faster way to design and layout jobs?
- Are you having issues with low-resolution images?
What if you could solve these daily shop issues and more in just 2-days?
Attend any of the 2-day workshops below and get training from Mark Rugen. Mark has over 35 years of experience in the sign & graphics market. He has been the owner of two sign shops himself and is familiar with all wide format printers, finishing equipment, and design software. He wants to share his tips and tricks with you personally as he guides you to a better more efficient workflow for your own shop.
This course has been designed for anyone who owns and runs a wide format printer regardless of make or model!
|June 13,14||Toronto, CAN||http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-toronto-2019/||MUTOH|
|June 20,21||Los Angeles, CA||http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-la-2019/||MUTOH|
|July 8,9||Portland, OR||http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-portland-2019||KELLEY IMAGING|
|July 11,12||Seattle, WA||http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-seattle-2019/||KELLEY IMAGING|
|August 12,13||Phoenix, AZ||http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-phx-2019/||MUTOH|
Here are just a few comments from students who attended recent classes:
” This seminar really opened my eyes to the way Flexi can help improve my workflow and make production more efficient.” – A2Z Signs & Graphics
“Mark is incredibly knowledgeable and adapted his information to the unique set-up & questions of each student. Decades of learning condensed into a two-day class!” – Kowala Custom Graphics
” Worth it! For someone being so new to the program, (2-days) I learned more in Mark’s class in one hour than I could have in a couple of months on my own. Mark is a great trainer & the Flexi/MUTOH world is better for it!!” – Meghan Copeland, Signarama DTC
Our workshop is for both new and more advanced users. It is taught with adults in mind and the techniques used encourage recall when done. Every student will also receive a free copy of mark’s Flexi training DVD with over 10 hours of video training! You cannot afford to miss these classes!
Classes tend to sell out quickly, so sign up today. Seating is always limited.
Only a few seats left if you want to learn all about FlexiSIGN for designing awesome signage as well as Color Management if you want to match your monitor colors to your wide format printer.
Find out more here: http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event/flexi-denver-2019/
All wide format printer users are welcome!
MUTOH Makes It Possible!
We promise…you will NOT be bored!
No excuses! Sign up today!
Find out more? https://www.thinkmutoh.com/live-flexi-training-2019-schedule
FlexiSIGN & Color Management Training in Orlando, FL for Professionals Only!
If you printed the image above, would your reds be red or orange-red? Would parts of the image look natural, or washed out? Would the image be pixellated if you had to blow it up to 10 feet or more? We can help!
Find out more here: https://orlando2019.gr8.com/Read More
MUTOH ValueJets are more than just a printer. They also come with FlexiSIGN & Print free of charge!
MUTOH ValueJet Wide Format Printers
Everyone knows that the MUTOH ValueJet wide format printer is a high quality, reliable printer for the wide format market. In fact every year, MUTOH wins more than one Product of the Year awards from SGIA. 2018 was no different with MUTOH receiving FOUR awards! YOu can read more about all of our printer at www.mutoh.com.
Why does MUTOH win so many awards each year? It really goes to the people at MUTOH. From the factory in Japan to the service and support at all MUTOH locations throughout the word, simply put, we care! We care about quality manufacturing. We care about customer service and support. We care about education and training. This very blog post is evidence of the latter!
FlexiSIGN & Print with Every ValueJet
For over 60 years MUTOH has carefully studied and understands the wide format printer business. For that reason, we chose FlexiSIGN & Print to be included with each of our ValueJet printers. Why? Because it is both a design and production software that is workflow efficient! Below is a short video tour of the top 10 features of this software each MUTOH owner will receive.
MUTOH….Giving the Wide Format Community a Better Choice!Read More
In business, you must become uncomfortable to get comfortable. To truly grow your company, you must do things that feel uneasy. Maybe you need to take that step of investing in new equipment. Maybe you need to hire that design artist. Maybe you need to upgrade all your computers and software.
These can all be significant financial investments but they can in the coming months afterwards result in even more growth in profits. The problem is that when you think about what you are about to do, you get uncomfortable and that can make you hesitate. Hesitation can kill a business.
A Great Example of Being Uncomfortable
Francesco Molinari just won the Open in Golf. What did he do before the last round that set him on that path of success? He got uncomfortable! Read about what he did to get his mental game set for a stressful last but winning round.
The practice green on the final day of a major championship rarely evokes the pressure-cooker feeling that golfers face once their round begins. It’s a place to warm up and get a feel for the speed of the greens, free from worry about the cost of a miss.
But in the moments before his final round at Carnoustie on Sunday, Francesco Molinari gave himself a very particular test.
He challenged himself to make precisely eight 5-foot putts from various spots on the green in as few attempts as he could. That he required only nine tries was less important than the idea behind the exercise.
“Do you want to be comfortable or do you want to be ready?” said Molinari’s performance coach, Dave Alred. “They’re not necessarily the same.”
After you read about how he prepared for his greatest victory in golf, think about how you can apply those mental exercises in your shop.
Get Uncomfortable to Be Comfortable and grow your business.
How MUTOH Can Help You Feel Comfortable
If you are looking to improve your profits, why not consider MUTOH AMERICAS ValueJet wide format printers. We make them for every industry with our offering of Dye-Sublimation, Eco-Solvent and UV-LED solutions. You won’t be uncomfortable for long!
Visit the mother ship to find out more about the entire line of wide format printers from MUTOH.Read More
Get the FlexiSIGN Training DVD for Half Off!
MUTOH is offering Mark Rugen’ 10-hour FlexiSIGN Training DVD for 50% off in the month of June! That’s a savings of $150.
Use this link to order your personal copy: https://www.thinkmutoh.com/product/flexisigntrainingdownload
The training sessions are broken down into several sections:
- Introduction (6 videos)
- Fundamentals (23 videos)
- Intermediate (10 videos)
- Advanced (17 videos)
- Production Manager Topics (3 videos)
- Color Management Topics (6 videos)
- Third-Party Programs (4 videos)
- Bonus Topics (6 videos)
- Flexi 12 Training (9 videos)
A partial list of lessons available include:
- Text Basics
- Outlines & Shadows
- Scanning, Bitmaps
- Bitmap Tracing
- Vinyl Cutting
- Contour Cutting
- Vehicle Wraps
- And much more!
Our Flexi 11 & 12 Training offers a simplified approach to cutting-edge technology.
Mark Rugen has over 30years of experience in the graphics and signs business. He is one of the few SAi certified Flexi Trainers in the world. He has authored and produced interactive training for resellers, SAi inside sales staff, and end users. He has conducted training sessions worldwide and to date has trained well over 10,000 students.Read More
What is Soft Proofing & Why Does It Matter in Wide Format Printing?
Everyone wants to match what they see on the monitor with the output from a wide format printer. Sadly, few accomplish this. Part of a well-managed color system is the ability to soft proof, or change the monitor colors display so they reflect printer output. Let’s learn a little more about this and maybe teach you how to do it properly.
Step 1: Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor
The very first start is to make sure your monitor is telling you the truth about color. Sure it’s putting out great rich colors but are they really correct? You won’t know unless you calibrate and profile your monitor. While I highly recommend using a good colorimeter to actually do this, you can at least find a monitor profile that close to your model or even one that is in fact your model. Here’s a good place to start: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm .
This website gives reviews of some really good monitors. So if you’re in the market, good place to find one. But it also is a great resource for finding a monitor profile if you don’t want to make your own. There are literally hundreds of models of monitors and profiles listed in alphabetical order.
Simply browse and if you cannot find your specific model, you might find one really close.
Monitor Profiles for Flexi Users
If your a Flexi SIGN & PRINT user, you can choose the generic LCD profile included in your software. Just go to the Edit menu and choose color settings. Now when the pop-up dialogue box shows, choose the generic lcd monitor profile. Hey it’s not perfect but better than nothing.
Step 2: Accurate Media Profiles
The second critical step in good soft proofing is a good or a better word accurate media profile. Again the best way to obtain this is using equipment such as spectrophotometer. Most will not do this because of the cost of the equipment, $1000-$2000 in many cases.
X-RITE i1 might be the most popular of these devices. A good custom profile or at least a profile that is modified for your particular printer will result in more accurate colors and more neutral grays.
If you don’t intend to make your own profiles, at least try to find accurate ones. I suggest getting them from the media vendor. They want to sell more media so they want colors to look good on that media and therefore could have more accurate profiles.
Media Profiles for Flexi Users
Flexi users will want to use the included media profiles. They are made carefully for this product, however, it’s still a good idea to check with the media manufacturer to see if they have a more accurate one for your media. Also don’t be afraid to use a similar media profile if needed to get better results. So for instance, if you have 3M media but use a ORCAL profile and get better results, keep moving on.
Flexi includes the software to modify or create new profiles, so at some point, I recommend purchasing a spectrophotometer so you can customize your media profiles and even make a good monitor profile.
Step 3: Learn to Soft Proof
Finally, learn to soft proof. Many design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Flexi have the ability to turn on and off soft proofing. You need to learn how to do this. More importantly, you need to experiment and see what the limitations of that soft proof are. In other words, you may need to play with the brightness and contrast on your monitor until you get a pretty good match with your print. Sooner or later you’ll figure out how to get some good results when soft proofing.
Soft Proofing in Flexi
In Flexi, just go to the edit menu and set up your monitor profile, your printer and media, then choose the second tab and choose your input profile, typically sRGB or the monitor profile. Now go to the view menu and choose soft proof or use the icon at the top of Flexi that looks like a monitor. If everything goes right when you print you’ll get similar colors to your soft proof.
Want a better more detailed discussion of soft proofing? Well, then it’s time to attend one of our Flexi or Color Management seminars. Find out where we will be here:http://www.thinkmutoh.com/event