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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life
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  1. 3m 32s
    1. Welcome
      2m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 12m 2s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 40s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 15s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 54s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 1s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 55s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 6s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 19s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques
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As Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Now, with Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques, creating breathtaking prints is within reach. In this course, photographer and instructor Chris Orwig teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life. From producing a business card to visiting a working press, Chris covers everything photographers need to know to achieve unique, compelling results from the printing process. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Implementing a color-managed workflow
  • Creating color-correct prints
  • Advanced image sharpening techniques
  • Using typography with promo materials
  • Working with print layouts and montages
  • Considering paper and printer choices
  • Soft-proofing to ensure stunning results
  • Optimizing the print workflow
  • Converting to CMYK and going to press


Hey, welcome! My name is Chris Orwig. I'm going to be your host and guide on this training adventure. What we're going to do is in this training title we are going to talk about printing. A lot of times when you begin to talk about printing you realize that you have been out in the field, or you have been in the studio and you have been shooting and now it's time to head into your studio and to create that final print. So let's go ahead and head into my office and we will talk a little bit more about printing. Come on in. Now, one of the things that we want to think about in regards to printing is that when you are creating the final print really what you are interested in doing is completing that entire photographic process, from capture on your camera all the way to output on your printer. So what's printing all about? Is it just about using your printer? Well, no, not at all. What we are going to do in this training title is for starters we're going to get into color management.

And color management is all about clarifying the communication between the color you are seeing on your monitor and the color you are getting out of that final print, right? So we need to figure out how we can clarify the communication between those two devices. We will also talk about color correcting our photographs. How can we get good neutral color correct images. How can we also color correct the skin, because skin is really tricky, especially with digital capture, right? We will also talk about the topic of sharpening, because when you think about sharpening, really you are sharpening for output. Because if I'm going to print say an image on a velvet piece of paper, well, there is going to be a different amount of sharpening compared to if I print on a premium glossy sheet of paper. So we are going to talk about how can we sharpen this image with that final print in mind. We will also talk about some different ways that we will print our material; let's say promo cards or creating different print layouts. We are going to get into some other topics as well, like what type of papers we can use or printers we can use.

We'll discuss the topic of soft proofing. What soft proofing is all about is it's about ensuring that what you are seeing on your monitor is close to what you will get out of your printer. We will go through an overall desktop workflow from start to finish so that you can see how you can create a really stunning and compelling and engaging print. Now, most of this training title is going to be about desktop printing, yet I decided to include a little bonus chapter near the end of this training title, and that one is all about going to press. So let's say you are really good at desktop printing and then you need to go to press; maybe your images will be in a magazine or maybe you just want to go to press to create a promo card. Well, we will briefly talk about how you can do that.

All right. Well, throughout this training title my hope is that it will provide you with some information. It will provide you with the technical knowhow, so that you will know how to use Photoshop in order to create the most compelling and engaging final print.

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