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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here we're going to explore some of the different options in the Print Job panel. The first thing that we need to define is where we're going to print this to. Our two options are Printer or JPEG. Now at first glance, that may be a little bit confusing. Why would you print to a JPEG file? Well, what you can do is either decide to print to your desktop printer, or you could actually print these all out to this JPEG file format, so that these images could then be sent to a printer or to your local lab to be printed that way. Well, in this case, let's say, we want to print it on our own desktop printer.
So I'll simply choose Printer. Next, we have Draft Mode Printing. Why would you want to use this? Perhaps you're creating a contact sheet, and it's not that important how the images actually look. Well, in that case, we'll disable all of these other features and we'll get a pretty rough print. It'll be quick. It will be very high-resolution, but it will be pretty good. Now if we want to have more control, we want to turn that off. If we want to have accuracy and great prints, we need to make sure that option has been deselected. Next, choose a few things here.
Well, we have Print Resolution. What we can do with Print Resolution is we can actually turn this off. In that case, Lightroom will decide the resolution for us, or we can leave that on. We can also click and drag inside of this field, or we can click in that field, and then type out a different resolution. All right, well, I'm going to go back to that 240 ppi for this one. What about Print Sharpening? Now, this is one of those areas where you don't want to be fooled by the simplicity of the dialog. Here we have Low, Standard, or High.
Now at first glance, you may be thinking okay, that's not a lot of options. But the math, the algorithm behind this dialog, is incredibly strong. This can help you create some really solid prints. So in this case, what you want to do is choose one image and then experiment. Print it on each of these different options. See how it looks on different types of papers. You also, of course, want to choose the appropriate Media Type. I tend to print a lot to matte papers. So I'll make that selection there. What about 16 Bit Output? Now there are certain printers that can print 16-bit, yet other printers can't.
So if you choose this option and your printer can't handle 16-bits, well then it's just going to create the print really slowly. So only choose this if you have a printer with that capability. Next, what about Color Management? This is pretty important. This is one of the nice areas of Lightroom. What you can do is choose a specific profile. Now currently, you'll see that there aren't any profiles selected here at all. So I'll go ahead and click on Other. This will open up my Choose Profiles dialog. What I can do here is rather than have all of my profiles-- and on my computer, I have a ton of profiles.
Rather than have all of those displayed, I can say, you know what, the ones I print to most often are Velvet Fine Art, also this Premium Luster Paper, and Enhanced Matte. Then I'll click OK. Now once I do that, if I go to my Profile dialog, you're going to see I have those three options listed here. If ever I want to change what's listed in this contextual menu, we'll just go back to Other. Then inside of Other, let's say I want to add a few more profiles here and then I'll click OK. You'll notice that will then update this menu.
This then speeds up your printing workflow, because every time you have to print, you have to choose the appropriate profile. Rather than having to scroll through hundreds of profiles, you can simply choose out of 4 or 5, or 10 or 20, or whatever it is the actual profile that you want to use. Next, Rendering Intent and here we have a few options, Perceptual or Relative. Again, what you want to do is experiment with how these different profiles work with your different paper types. Well, now that we've dialed in all of these settings inside of our Print Job panel, what we want to do next is simply click on the Print button.
This will then launch the Print dialog. Here what we want to do is make sure to choose our appropriate printer. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and print to the Epson 3800. Next, I want to open this up so I have a few more options here. Then if I'm really going to print to this, I'll navigate down to my Printer Settings. In Printer Settings, I need to make sure I'm choosing the appropriate type of paper. In this case, I want to go to that Velvet Fine Art Paper, but it's grayed out. Why is that? What's the problem here? This happens quite often.
What's happened here in this particular case is that this printer requires that you feed this paper in a particular way. So what I need to do is I need to change my overall Page Setup. In order to do that, I'll hit Cancel. Then I'll go to Page Setup. This will then open up my Page Setup dialog where I can choose my printer, but I forgot to choose the actual paper type. What I need to select here is the type of paper I'm going to be using, which is this 13x19. It's a Fine Art Paper.
In this case, with my printer, it has to be loaded in a particular way. Then I'll click OK. Now this, of course, will be contingent upon your own particular type of printer, but I just wanted to point that out here so that if ever you get to that point, you know how to fix things up. Also, to highlight that in Page Setup, you of course want to choose whichever particular paper size you'll be printing to. All right, well, let's click OK. Now here, I'm going to go ahead and hover over my guides and open up a little more space for the image just to make this a little bit bigger, and fit this paper type touch better. Okay, next step.
Let's click on Print. Here, this will open up our Print dialog. We'll choose that 3800. Now when I go down to my Printer Settings, I can then choose my Media Type. Fine Art Paper. There it is, Velvet Fine Art. So I want to make sure I'm using the same paper type there, choosing that same profile as I have before. Then next I can make some other options as well. In this case, in regards to my Color Mode, I need to turn this Off. You'll notice that Lightroom told me that. It's said when you're selecting a custom profile, remember, turn off the printer color management in the Print dialog before printing.
Next step, we may want to turn off High Speed if we don't want to use that option here. Then finally, we can define an Output Resolution. 1440 will be just fine. After we've dialed in all of those different settings, we're ready to send this to the printer. To do so, we'll simply click the Print button.
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