Free Photo and Color Management Webinars from X-Rite

Lee Varis PhotographyX-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free October 2013 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers….

Fantastic Photo-Illustration: Retouching, Masking & Compositing with Lee Varis, 1-2 p.m. ET and 3-4 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 16: Mastery of Adobe Photoshop is an essential step in developing skills for photo-illustration and is a foundation for exploring the outer limits of fantasy, surrealism, and visual symbolism.

X-Rite Coloratti Lee Varis will examine photo-retouching and illustration techniques in this webinar and emphasize the necessity of working on a calibrated and profiled monitor. Webinar attendees will see how Lee assembles different photo-illustration projects and be guided, step-by-step, to learn more advanced techniques including:  Masking and transparency effects; smoke and fire effects; glows, halos, and light beams; and other image compositing secrets.

Along the way, attendees will also learn about specific features of Photoshop like:  Layer masks, Groups, and Blending Modes; the Refine Edge dialog; editing masks with the Dodge & Burn, plus Blur tools; displacement maps & distortion effects; and more.

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The Complete Digital Photography Process with Jim DiVitale, 1-2 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 21: In this program, Jim will demonstrate problem-solving techniques using digital capture and Photoshop to streamline both the creative and production of the digital imaging workflow to improve quality and save time.

Topics will include calibration and custom profiling of the camera, monitor and printer to achieve a closed loop of controlled color management. Webinar attendees will also learn how to use Wacom products to streamline the work, and a start to finish approach to digital photography, using several photographic elements to create multi-image photographs for commercial photo-illustrations.

Jim’s portfolio and digital imaging Blog can be viewed at

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Canon iPF8300S/iPF8300 Printer Setup Videos

How to load roll paper on a Canon iPF8300S or iPF8300When purchasing a new wide-format printer, a little extra help with setup never hurt. The manual that accompanies the iPF8300S does a great job, but being able to see how everything comes together can be even more helpful. Please note that these videos also apply to setting up an iPF8300.

The Canon iPF8300S Printer Setup videos embedded below in the order shown include:

  • Stand Assembly
  • Paper Basket Assembly
  • Removing the Belt Stopper and Installing Printheads
  • Installing Ink
  • Loading Roll Paper and Printer Calibration

If you have any questions about setting up or using a Canon iPF8300S or other Canon imagePROGRAF Printers contact a LexJet Account Specialist at 800-453-9538.