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APA Expo 2020 Las Vegas
Hands-On Training Sessions

Learn from industry experts on CorelDRAW, sandblasting and colorfill with these four hands-on sessions. During these intensive courses, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills while receiving personal attention and guidance from our instructors. 

How to Sign Up

You can save your spot for these great opportunities when you complete your International Expo registration. Simply select the hands-on sessions of your choice and add them to your education calendar.

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Start your Day with CorelDRAW: Hands-on Session for Beginners

Tuesday, February 22 | 7:30–10:30 am

Randy Allen, CRS, Engraving Concepts
Session Code 401
.30 CEU Technical

Experience a classroom style session for CorelDRAW beginners. This class is strategically designed to provide you with a solid foundation for understanding layout creation, artwork manipulation and workflow maximization.

The benefits of this class will include a personal hands-on presentation style, overview of artwork extension types in relation to industry output devices and a thorough examination of features such as Print Merge, and other tips/tricks to help expedite the production process. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along.

Registration fee includes all course materials:

  • Member - $125
  • Nonmember - $150

CorelDRAW for the Advanced: Hands-on Session

Tuesday, February 22 | 12:30–3:30 pm

Jimmy DuBose, Engraving Concepts
Session Code 402
.30  CEU Technical

Expand your skill set and discover the CorelDRAW features that make it easy to personalize a wide variety of products.

Topics covered include processing images for laser engraving, cutting acrylic with thin script fonts, using print merge to print multiple blanks from one spreadsheet, creating distressed looks, up-sampling an image, converting images to line drawings, and more. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along.

Registration fee includes all course materials:

  • Member - $125
  • Nonmember - $150

The Foundations of Sandcarving: Hands-on Session

Wednesday, February 23 | 7:30 – 10:00 am

Darin Jones, IKONICS Imaging
Session Code 403
.30 CEU Technical

In this course, you will master how to sandcarve a variety of substrates. Pick your choice whether it be glass, ceramic, or a slate coaster and practice how to sandcarve, using various techniques including deep carving, surface etch, color-filling, and more!

You will not only reach new customers through the unique avenue of sandcarving, but you will also receive a fancy new drinking glass that you get to etch and take home!

Important Class Objectives:

  1. Learn how to expose photopositive and photonegative artwork to make stencil masks.
  2. Practice the basic techniques of sandcarve to achieve fine line details.
  3. Explore the different types of photoresist films and what types of substrates they are best compatible with.
  4. Discover how different techniques can increase your ROI.

Registration fee includes all course materials:

  • Member - $125
  • Nonmember - $150

Colorfill: Hands-on Session

Thursday, February 24 | 7:30 – 10:00 am

Liz Haas, Rayzist
Session Code 404
.30 CEU Technical

During this color fill session, you will experiment using various paints. Every participant will paint a wine bottle, wine glass, and rock, as well as sandcarve one project for a highly unique textured (relief carve) appearance. Learn the techniques for painting and applications that we recommend for various materials.

You can add a color fill or splash of color to virtually any surface, glass, stone, wood, and metal to increase the value and interest of your sandcarved product. A color fill provides contrast to the etched area and a beautiful appearance, which can expand your product line and profits. You do not have to be an artist to know your products!

Registration fee includes all course materials:

  • Member - $155
  • Nonmember - $180


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