What is possible with G7 mythology? Instructor, Dave Dezzutti, explains.

Dave Dezzutti is all about managing color. He starts his day with a coffee and a copy of the latest digital printing magazine before beginning his work in prepress preflighting, proofing, and operating several different digital workflow systems for Printing Industries of America’s in-house production facility. He has spent 30 years in the industry and is now a Technology and Research Analyst and G7® Expert for Printing Industries of America. So what does Dave think about leading the hands-on G7 Digital Press Operator Training Program this April? He couldn’t feel more at home.

Why do you think color management is so important to companies today?

Customers demand that their print provider be G7 certified. Companies can have an edge on the competition by having their employees training and certified. Plus they can save money and cut waste.

Before you were a G7 Certified Expert, what type of work did you perform?

I was a manager of prepress production for Printing Industries of America, responsible for preflighting, ensuring a smooth workflow between prepress and press, and analyzing any workflow problems. I was also responsible for the calibration of several CTP and digital proofing devices.

You are also a consultant for Printing Industries of America. What have you done for printing companies to improve their operations?

I consult and evaluate which system will work the best in an organization. By analyzing a company’s prepress/printing capabilities, I make appropriate recommendations to streamline workflow and achieve color management standards.

What do you feel is your most important role in your work for the Center for Technology and Research?

Ensuring accurate color is very important, and I feel being able to help others achieve this as well really fits into the larger picture of helping to move our industry forward. When I can train others in G7 specifications or evaluate their operations, I know that printing companies value that knowledge and they value the opportunity to be more competitive. I also speak at events like the Color Management Conference where I can address a large audience and talk with printers.

What types of equipment do you work with in daily operations?

 Agfa’s Apogee, Kodak’s Prinergy, and Heidelberg’s Prinect PDF prepress workflow system are some of the equipment that I work with each day. I also operate the Kodak Spectrum, and PressTek Dimension CTP systems along with several digital proofing devices.

What makes training so valuable in our industry?

It is all about knowledge, whether it be new or continued education. I believe one of the most powerful resources you can have is a well-trained staff—and to have that knowledge yourself. G7 training, in particular, is highly effective and also highly demanded from customers. To be able to get that training in a hands-on, experiential way is valuable because you can learn the process here in two intense days and then take that education back to your company and start applying it. It’s like “instant gratification!”


Dave Dezzutti, Technology and Research Analyst and G7 Expert, will lead the G7 Digital Press Operator Training, April 23–24, 2013, at Printing Industries of America headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Participants will earn a G7 Digital Press Operator’s certificate of completion.

Find all of our 2013 training events, including IDEAlliance G7 Expert/Professional Training and G7 Offset Press Operator Training Program at www.printing.org/training under “Public Workshops.”