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In this course, photographer and author Ben Long explores the art and the craft of creating beautiful, archival-quality inkjet prints. The course looks at the anatomy of a print job: how a printer works, how to adjust and prepare your image to get the best results, and what happens to your photo in its journey from pixels to paper.
After a discussion of how to choose a printer, the course covers the process of preparing both black and white and color images using Adobe Photoshop. Ben describes how to take images from looking good onscreen to being properly adjusted for best results on paper, covering details such as sizing, sharpening, and color management.
With photographer and master framer Konrad Eek, Ben explores the creative decisions that photographers should address before printing. What size print? How does print size relate to the message of the photo and to the space where the photo will be displayed? What kinds of paper choices do you have, and how does your photo's content relate to the paper you choose?
The course also describes how to properly evaluate a print and how to handle common challenges that crop up during the printing process.
There might be times where you end up with an image in Photoshop that has the wrong color space tag. This is a student image by a student named Charity Jack, and when she gave me the Photoshop document to print, I noticed that it was not tagged properly. And I noticed that because when I went to the Print dialog box up here under Document Profile, it says sRGB. There are other ways you can find out. One way is to go down here to what is normally a memory meter.
And pop this open and change it to the Document Profile, and now it tells me that it's sRGB, and that it's an 8-bit image. I can, of course, also get that information up here. So I need to change this to Adobe RGB because that's really where I want to be working to get the best color. So I'm going to go up here to Edit, and I choose Assign Profile and here I have a few options. I can turn off Color Management altogether I can say Don't Color Manage This Document. And I hope you noticed a slight hue shift there. This is a great option for times when you need to take an image Adobe Photoshop into another application may be a video editing application or web design application.
And you don't want Photoshop interfering with the color. I'm going to change to our Working RGB profile, which is Adobe RGB. If I wanted, I could actually manually choose a profile from here but for the most part if you set your color settings properly, then always going to the Working RGB profile is going to be fine. I hit OK, and Photoshop may give you a warning saying this is going to change what your document looks like. I've turned that warning off, you should already know that, you have seen examples of how colors shift around as we change color space. So I'm now ready to go.
I'm back in Adobe RGB it's a good idea to keep an eye on your color space, make sure that you're tagged properly. And you want to use Assign Profile. If you choose Convert to Profile, you get a similar dialog box but what this is going to is, actually change the color values in your image. Right now, with the profile assigned it's taking the original color values and reinterpreting them into a particular color space. This is going to bake that reinterpretation back into the image. If you do like the way it looks in a particular color space, that's a way of baking those changes into the image before you send it off to another application or things like that.
But for the printing workflow that we use we do not need to use convert, we can simply assign.
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