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X-Rite Announces Four Free February Webinars

Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow

Elmsford, NY – February 6, 2012X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of February 2012 Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

Four free Webinar topics this month are sure to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.

"This month, X-Rite hosts four completely new Webinars that will surely appeal to a range of photographers looking to improve their photography as well as color management skills," said Mark Rezzonico, vice president, X-Rite Photo Marketing. "And we're especially pleased to co-sponsor with Nik Software, professional nature photographer and bird specialist Maxis Gamez’s nature photography Webinar."

February Webinar Schedule
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EST and 1:00 PM EST
Editing Portraits in Photoshop & Getting Prints Back that Match Your Display!

Spend an hour with host Joe Brady learning how to edit portrait photographs to create images clients will love. In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite, Joe will share some of his favorite techniques, tips and tricks for adding shape, direction and finish to portraits. From simple blemish removal to complex reshaping of body parts, these step-by-step tutorials will enhance your Photoshop® skills and improve your editing quality and speed.

Before starting any serious editing, it's critical that a photographer’s monitor is calibrated and profiled. Joe will start with a short profiling demonstration and then dive into Photoshop edits.

Topics that will be covered include the why and how of monitor calibration and portrait edits from minor to major including: correcting color casts, exposure issues, blemish removal, body re-shaping, skin softening and “glows”, layer masking for local control, light shaping, adding “pop” to flat images, image sharpening and preparing files for lab printing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EST and 1:00 PM EST
Image Edits and Enhancements in Lightroom 3®
While many photographers have become comfortable with the basic image edits available in Adobe® Lightroom® 3, some of the more powerful image editing capabilities remain a mystery. In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite, host Joe Brady will explore both basic and advanced image editing techniques in a software program every photographer should have.

Joe will first discuss Lightroom's Library Module and deciding how and where to organize images. He will also discuss how to make sure a monitor is calibrated to show the most accurate color so that prints will match what is seen on screen as closely as possible. Joe will also share his favorite editing tips including retouching, creating masks for local adjustments, using the gradient tool, cropping for composition and other fine details to best prepare a file for printing.

Topics that will be covered include why monitor color is important for Lightroom 3 (and what can be expected in LR 4?) and image edits and batch processing including: global image edits, local color and light adjustments, retouching both skin and landscape “blemishes”, composition, Image sharpening options, and preparing files for lab printing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EST
For the Birds! Nature Photography with Maxis Gamez
Nature photographer Maxis Gamez specializes in bird photography. As a self-taught photographer he views the world from a different perspective capturing powerful images that have been featured in Audubon, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photography Magazine, and Nature Photographers Magazine.

During this webinar Maxis will share his secrets for capturing amazing images of birds relying on X-Rite color management solutions and Nik Software to enhance and finish his images. Attendees will learn how the X-Rite i1Display Pro and Nik Software's Viveza 2 can give them the creative edge they need. Using live software demonstration Maxis will share some of his techniques for creating amazing bird photographs. He will demonstrate how to pull details from digital images using Nik's Control Points showing the “before and after” results.

Who should attend: amateur and enthusiast photographers, nature and wildlife photographers, bird and raptor specialists, and birders interested in photography.

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EST and 1:00 PM EST
Edit & Enhance Landscape Images in Photoshop®
Photographers spending an hour with host Joe Brady will learn how to enhance landscape images using Adobe® Photoshop®. In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite, Joe will share some of his favorite techniques and processes to bring out the beauty in landscape photography. During this Webinar, Joe will share his workflow, decision-making process and enhancement techniques to bring life into image files that just don't match the beauty and spirit of the scene the way it’s remembered.

Following a short discussion about workstation color and calibration, Joe will show attendees step-by-step Photoshop edits that they can put to work right away to bring life and drama back into their landscape images.

Topics that will be covered include monitor color for consistent results and image edits from minor to major including: using Adobe Camera Raw – even with JPEGs, exposure, contrast and light shaping, global and local color adjustments, compositing new skies, composition, removing unwanted elements from an image, image sharpening options and preparing files for lab printing.
 
Al Webinar registration can be found on XritePhoto.com.  Visit the Webinar page found under the Learning section.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ:XRIT) is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone LLC, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite's expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com .

For more information regarding this webinar program, visit www.XritePhoto.com. For X-Rite corporate information visit www.xrite.com.

The X-Rite Color Checker Passport, i1Solutions, ColorMunki Display and ColorMunki Photo are distributed by Elmsford, NY-based MAC Group www.MACgroupUS.com.

Mark Rezzonico
X-rite Photo Marketing
914-347-3300
MarkR@MACgroupUS.com  
Steve Rosenbaum / Leigh Nofi
S.I.R. Marketing Communications, Inc.
631.757.5665
sir@sironline.com / leighnofi@sironline.com


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