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Color management refresher

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Color management refresher

Before we dive head first into the wonderful world of printing, what I want to do is just step back for a moment and I want to step all the way back to our conservation about color management. Here we have these images, which represented typical photographic workflow from capture over here on the left all the way to output over here on the right. Now one of the things that we talked about in regards to color management is that color management is all about clarifying the communication across multiple devices. So far we have talked about creating profiles for our monitor. Now that's really important, because on our monitor, the color is created via light. That color and those tones have to be translated into a different color space because the color on a printer is created via ink. All right, well what we need to do in order to tighten up our overall color management workflow is begin to create some test prints.

Color management refresher

Before we dive head first into the wonderful world of printing, what I want to do is just step back for a moment and I want to step all the way back to our conservation about color management. Here we have these images, which represented typical photographic workflow from capture over here on the left all the way to output over here on the right. Now one of the things that we talked about in regards to color management is that color management is all about clarifying the communication across multiple devices. So far we have talked about creating profiles for our monitor. Now that's really important, because on our monitor, the color is created via light. That color and those tones have to be translated into a different color space because the color on a printer is created via ink. All right, well what we need to do in order to tighten up our overall color management workflow is begin to create some test prints.

Now you have done this before right. You print an image out, you are like wow! It is way too blue. So you add a little bit of yellow. Well then you kind of have to do this back and forth thing until you get the print just right. Wouldn't it be nice if we are able to create some test prints that had a little bit more logic built into them, so that then ultimately we could begin to create profiles, so that we would know exactly how our particular image will be printed on a particular printer and a particular paper type? Now that's important because I tend to like to think of it this way: your printer and your paper have a mood. It may be a little bit moody. One day there is some moisture in the air, where your image is going to print a little bit differently or in another day, let's say, there is a little bit of a blockage in your ink cartridge. Well, a little bit less ink is going to come out and for that reason, what we want to do is to begin to create some test prints as well as some profiles which will help to clarify the communication from our monitor to our printer. So we have our profile for our monitor, we have some test prints, some profiles for our printers and in that case, we can speed up our overall workflow and ultimately, all of this work that we are going to putting into this process is going to lead to creating more stunning and compelling final prints.

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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    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 14s
    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 53s
    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 24s
    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 0s
    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 54s
    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 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    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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