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Preparing your images for print

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Video: Preparing your images for print

Now that you can send your images to the Web or As soon as I do that, it will apply all Now by default, all these settings are off.

Preparing your images for print

Now that you can send your images to the Web or to email, another place is you want to print them and there are some amazing tools within the resize module that allow you to prep your image to send off for printing and developing. Now, we've explored the resize module in creating images for the Web or for IOS devices, but what about if you need to create an image that you want to put out to be printed? Well, in this case, I'm going to start from the effects module on an image that I've modified and jump straight from the effects module directly into the resize module.

As soon as I do that, it will apply all the effects that I have applied to my image, and we're greeted by the interface for the resize modules with our settings on the right and our presets on the left. And you'll notice that this is a rather large image. It's 5700 by 3800 pixels. And if I look at that instead of as pixels, and I want to see what the document size would be, I could switch from pixels to inches. And that would be an image that is about 12 inches by 20.

But what if I wanted to make this much, much larger. What does perfect resize do? Let's go ahead and look at some of the presets and you can see how these change when I choose some of these presets. I'm going to start with the Photo Lab option. Now you can make images smaller but what if I wanted to blow this up really, really big to say, 40 by 60 inches, which is way bigger than the 12 by 20 inches that I already have? Well, I can select that and click on it and what it's going to do is it's going to create an image that in this case is 18,000 pixels by 12,000 pixels.

So it''ll be large enough for me to be able to print as a mural and still maintain a lot of the resolution. Now a lot of times when you blow an image up you lose detail but the folks at onOne really have some clever math that they're working with and they work with basically three areas. They work with the edges. They work with the part of the image that's in the center so you can have nice, smooth transitions and then there is a detail settings and these are things you can play with but a lot of these work really well by the default.

So if I wanted to make this bigger, I would simply select the ultimate size that I want to print it, let's say I go 30 by 30, that would be a square. And again, it's larger and I can go ahead and reposition that to exactly the location that I want to highlight. Including the fact that if I wanted to, I could grab a side, or the top and click on it and make that smaller. Now by default, all these settings are off. But what if I wanted to do a little bit of sharpening? I could go ahead, and as soon as I open up the disclosure triangle, it turns it on, and I can focus on different areas if I wanted to, as I sharpen it.

Maybe I want to protect the highlights so they don't get all crunchy. And I could go down and see how this will affect my image. And the best way to see how it affects your image is to switch over to the loop and then you can look in detail how your image is being affected. Now in this case, I kind of zoomed in pretty much to a crazy level. But now I can just move my cursor over to different areas and I can see if my sharpening and if my modifications will work with this image. Now let's say you don't want to create this square 30 by 30 image.

I'm going to go ahead and click on the reset button so we're back to our Default. And you can actually go into a lot more detail. You can get to different presets either from the document size drop down menu or you can also get it from up here, it's the same exact thing. And what it allows you to do is go with some presets that you might already want to use or defaults that are printer sizes such as panoramic images that are say 20 by 50 or 16 by 40, and you can see the aspect ratio to the right here.

So, let's go ahead and pick a nice one by two aspect ratio, and we're going to create a 20 by 40 image and you'll notice that now I have the crop box that allows me to select what part of the frame I want, and I can lose the top of these buildings, for instance. And once you've picked your frame size you can go ahead and you can modify your sharpening, your film grain, your tiling. As well as additional settings for the type of image that you're going to process. And also the method. And I do want to point out the difference between the two texture methods which is general fractals and perfect resized portrait.

What perfect resized portrait does, it assumes that you're dealing with skin tone and faces, so that when you enlarge that skin tone it actually tries to keep it smooth and natural versus trying to bring out more details such as I would use for this image right here. Now let's take a look at the canvas wrap option because that's pretty cool also. I'm going to go ahead and choose the, Epson canvas. And we're going to do a gallery wrap. And let's make this a, a widescreen. We'll go 16 by 24 gallery wrap. And you'll notice that there are blue lines on the outer sides.

Now when you do a gallery wrap, what happens is you're stretching canvas around wood and potentially, you're going to lose the edges of your picture to the sides. And a lot of times you don't want to do that. So you can go down to the bottom and choose Gallery Wrap, and you'll be presented by some really nice options. Instead of losing, some of these elements, I can actually choose whether I want this reflected, and if I want it reflected I can maybe keep it crisp, or maybe soften it. So it kind of blurs on the side, so you don't lose any of your main image, but you still have the feel that your image continues.

Sometimes, reflection doesn't work that well. In this case I think it might. I could also choose to just stretch it out. So this stretches the edges a little bit, and I always find that I don't like things to be really sharp, so the stretch soft works really nicely for me. If I want to even subdue it a little bit more, I can overlay those edges with a little bit of color. The default is black, but I'm just going to darken it a little bit. And now it's a lot more subtle for what's wrapped around. You can also choose the thickness of the wood.

So whether it's a one inch or a two inch, it will automatically update depending on how thick the canvas wrap edge is. So let's say it's only going to be one inch, so I'll select that. And you'll notice once I accept that, my blue boundaries move a little bit closer to the edge. And finally one of the best features of this is I could create this as a new layer on my image so I still have the original image, and I also have a canvas wrapped version of the image.

Which will give the people processing my image a choice, if I switch back from a canvas wrap to say, a standard photograph that's on matt paper. Once I'm done, I can simply click Save & Close. It will save a copy of my image and it's ready for me to send off for processing. Now, there are a lot of choices when you work in the resize module. And the best thing to do is just go through the module and open up a lot of the presets and modify areas and get really comfortable with it, because that way when you're ready to deliver your final product, it'll be quick and easy.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

53 video lessons · 1790 viewers

Abba Shapiro

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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 1s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      4m 56s
    3. Exploring tools
      3m 45s
  5. 9m 11s
    1. Quick fixes
      2m 48s
    2. Detailed adjustments
      4m 2s
    3. Understanding presets
      2m 21s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Selecting faces
      2m 30s
    2. Working with faces
      2m 32s
    3. Removing blemishes
      2m 43s
    4. Adjusting skin tone
      8m 58s
    5. Blending
    6. Working with portrait presets
      3m 54s
  7. 33m 0s
    1. Effect presets
      2m 51s
    2. Modifying effect presets
      2m 52s
    3. Gradients
      3m 56s
    4. Adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    5. Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets
      8m 6s
    6. Saving and using custom presets
      4m 53s
    7. Using lens blur to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective-focus effects
      5m 56s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Creating a black-and-white image from a color image
      4m 25s
    2. Understanding tone and color response
      4m 25s
    3. The special brushes of the B&W module
      8m 1s
    4. Advanced Navigator adjustments
      5m 28s
    5. Presets
      4m 27s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Understanding the uses of masking
      5m 58s
    2. Creating a simple mask in the Layers module
      4m 47s
    3. Creating a simple mask: The Keep, Drop, and Refine tools
      6m 19s
    4. The Remove Background button
      3m 55s
    5. Refining your mask
      6m 58s
    6. Working with transparency
      4m 46s
    7. Creating believable composites using the Effects module
      2m 51s
  10. 21m 54s
    1. Resizing images for the web and digital distribution
      5m 42s
    2. Preparing your images for print
      7m 29s
    3. Using Perfect Batch
      8m 43s
  11. 11m 21s
    1. Lightroom
      3m 47s
    2. Photoshop
      4m 40s
    3. Aperture
      1m 37s
    4. When to use Perfect Photo Suite 8
      1m 17s
  12. 38m 56s
    1. Challenge: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      2m 6s
    2. Solution: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      7m 33s
    3. Challenge: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps

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