There’s so much more to see and do at Sign & Digital UK 2011

Sd Seminars

The seminar and workshop series for Sign & Digital UK has just been announced and will offer signmakers and digital printers a great opportunity to learn some new skills, brush up on some old ones and hopefully spot new opportunities to help drive your business forward.

Adobe Seminars:

Adobe is returning for a 9th successive year. Always popular with digital printers and signmakers, this years’ Adobe workshops Terry Steeley will showcase the latest Adobe Creative Suite CS5 software through his 'Creative Suite Essentials' seminar at the 2011 show. Designed to simplify tired workflows, help you deliver high-end results and save money, this interactive event is essential for designers and production professionals who want to understand the benefits of the most significant features of CS5, including many that remain undocumented.

"Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional, CS5 offers tools and functionality that will transform your world. I look forward to helping you get to grips with what could become a key element of your work," commented Terry.
Adobe Seminar Schedule (repeated daily)

Adobe Bridge CS5 – Working smarter, not harder

Adobe Bridge is a powerful stand-alone application that acts as the media manager for the entire Creative Suite, allowing users to browse, locate, manage and view all of their creative files. It now boasts many new and enhanced features including Adobe Mini Bridge, Export to JPEG, flexible batch renaming, drag and drop compatibility and centralised Colour Management Setting. This is a must-see seminar for the early birds. [45min]
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Part 1) – What's new, what's not!

Practical new tools - Content Aware Fill, Puppet Warp, Colour Decontamination - combined with 64bit performance, fast workspace switching, 16-bit to JPEG conversion, file closing enhancements and more powerful printing options are just a few of the reasons Photoshop Cs5 redefines digital imaging. When blended with timeless monochrome imagery, best practice sharpening techniques and stunning cut-outs, this fast paced seminar should not to be missed!  [60min]
Snow Leopard – The world's most advanced OS.

In ways big and small, Apple OS Snow Leopard has been finely tuned to make your Mac faster, more responsive and easier-to-use. It's the computer you know and love, made even better.  [45min]

Adode Photoshop (Part 2) – Onscreen proofing made simple

Ever wished that the print in your hand resembled the image on your monitor? This session promises to equip you with the necessary skills to correctly set-up your colour settings, understand how to accurately soft-proof your image onscreen and finally produce that perfect proof.  [30min]

14.30-15.15 Adobe InDesign CS5 – Taking control of InDesign

Whether you're tasked to create a pop-up banner, an exhibition stand or a company brochure, Taking Control of InDesign is full of essential information to ensure you exploit the true potential of your investment. This is a must-attend session for all people interested in learning more about InDesign's extensive tools.  [45min]

Adobe Illustrator CS5 – Precision is power

From concept to output, Adobe Illustrator CS5 continues to impress. Stunning new tools - Resolution Independent Effects, Shape Builder, Perspective Drawing, CS Review and Beautiful Strokes - are sophisticated additions to the features list, whilst countless enhancements to existing tools provide a host of time-saving benefits. Considered essential viewing, so arrive early to avoid disappointment!  [45min]

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro for Print Production

When used correctly Acrobat 9 Professional offers peace of mind that a document will print the way you expect. Why not come along and learn how to save time and reduce costly print errors with best practice guidelines for creating high-end print production PDF's, employ onscreen proofing techniques and discover the extensive preflighting and correction tools? [30min]

Signmakers Workshop:

The Signmakers workshop is also back. Held for the first time in 2010, the Signmakers workshop was packed out and so it simply had to be kept in the formula for 2011. Paul Hughes of Western Signs & Printing and the popular “Price It Guide”, returns as host to give some of his experience and advice that he has gained from running a successful sign making business for 13 years. There will be demos throughout the 3 days on the basics of sign making. Paul says “Last year was the first showing of this feature at Sign & Digital UK where it was really well received, this year it is set to be bigger and better. Lots of people last year wanted tips and advice on fitting vinyl to glass, so I will be doing a demo on how to do that. In addition, last year’s favourites will return including more tips and tricks to help your business grow”.

Signmakers Workshop Schedule (repeated daily):

10.30am - 11.00 am  Back to basics

What we make signs from - when? where? why? how? to use substrates and vinyl
11.00am - 11.30am sign clinic

Ask the expert your 'how to' questions and pick up tips, tricks and advice.
11.30am - 12.30pm Basic vinyl application

Vinyl lettering - how to cut and apply to boards and vehicles.
Multi layer graphics - how to layer and register
Vinyl flood coating - how to apply to boards
Working on glass - how to apply vinyl to glass windows
1.00pm - 1.30pm Back to basics

What we make signs from - when? where? why? how? to use substrates and vinyl
1.30pm - 2.00pm Sign clinic

Ask the expert your 'how to' questions and pick up tips, tricks and advice.
2.00pm - 3.00pm Basic vinyl application

Vinyl lettering - how to cut and apply to boards and vehicles.
Multi layer graphics - how to layer and register
Vinyl flood coating - how to apply to boards
Working on glass - how to apply vinyl to glass windows
3.00pm - 4.30pm sign clinic

Ask the expert your 'how to' questions and pick up tips, tricks and advice.

Competitions & Prize Draws:

This year, there are quite a few companies that will be giving away some very big prizes to visitors on their stands. Pre-registration for the show is essential to make sure you are in with a chance of winning. Competitions and prize draws include:

Hybrid Services, Stand C10.

Due to the success of their competition last year, Hybrid will be announcing details of their competition this year, which will include an all expenses paid trip to Old Trafford, see them on Stand C10.

Roland DG, Stand D20

Roland DG UK will be running a competition on stand D20 for a chance to win a trip to Japan to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Plus, a grand prize of a new Roland machine is also up for grabs. Brett Newman of Roland says, “Sign and Digital UK is always a special event for Roland and the company never fails to attract the crowds to its stand each year.  2011 will be no exception, and since Roland is celebrating its 30th Anniversary it will certainly be an experience not to be missed.”

Fairfield Displays & Lighting, Stand E50

A regular exhibitor at the show, Fairfield Displays & Lighting will be organising a raffle for a FREE LED Light Pocket demonstration unit and marketing pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is the fastest growing product range Fairfield has had in years. And is an energy efficient, ultra bright, ultra slim, floating light box. A complete ‘business in a box’ package has been put together for the reseller making it an incredibly easy product to sell and this is what’s up for grabs.
Sign Elite (Real Insurance Group) Stand K15 and Clarity Software, Stand D30
Sign Elite on stand K15 will be organising a prize draw and Clarity Software on stand D30 will be offering a FREE trial of Clarity Professional and FREE training (worth £250) to anyone who has visited the stand and then purchases the software either at the show or before Friday the 27th of May.

Spandex, Stand D40

When visiting the Spandex stand you will be entitled to pick up a free ‘Vehicle Outline’ DVD worth £100 plus be entered into a prize draw to win a Mutoh Valuejet printer worth £11,000. To qualify and be in with a chance you must register for the show via the website where you can find out full details on how to enter this prize draw.

Rudi Blackett, Event Director comments; '' Sign & Digital UK 2011 is the ONLY place in the UK where you will see the broad range of sign making and digital printing applications and solutions. As well as many launch products at the show there will be more demos and opportunities for advice than ever before, to help you keep your business ahead. It really is a must attend event.”

Don’t forget about the popular Panel Swap Competition where sign makers have the chance to win a Graphtec CE5000-60 worth £1400. To enter, simply design a 450x450mm sign based on the adage “the customer’s always right” and bring it to the exhibition. Our panel of judges will then announce the lucky winner on the last day of the show. 

Don’t delay – to get all the up to date information on what’s happening at the show, register for FREE entry today at