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Evaluating the print

From: Inkjet Printing for Photographers

Video: Evaluating the print

My print is done, its come rolling out of the printer, and it looks pretty good. Before I show it to you, though, I want to take a look at this. This is a print of the image that the student gave me. So this is the original image that I got this is the image that had been edited up to the point where it looked good on screen. And it's a good print, it's a great shot obviously. There is a problem with the print though as we looked at it. It's just a little too blue, it's a subtle thing. The whites aren't as white as they could be. That's what I've got here on my screen. And as you'll recall we made one edit which was to add an adjustment layer that warmed it up, not adding warmth, but getting the whites back to where they need to be, and when I printed that, I got this image right here. So I'm hoping these shows up on camera.

Evaluating the print

My print is done, its come rolling out of the printer, and it looks pretty good. Before I show it to you, though, I want to take a look at this. This is a print of the image that the student gave me. So this is the original image that I got this is the image that had been edited up to the point where it looked good on screen. And it's a good print, it's a great shot obviously. There is a problem with the print though as we looked at it. It's just a little too blue, it's a subtle thing. The whites aren't as white as they could be. That's what I've got here on my screen. And as you'll recall we made one edit which was to add an adjustment layer that warmed it up, not adding warmth, but getting the whites back to where they need to be, and when I printed that, I got this image right here. So I'm hoping these shows up on camera.

You can see the before and after. And my upper image, though it looked right on screen, when it printed, it just wasn't really quite there. The whites weren't where they really needed to be, and that was affecting her hair, the clouds in the sky as well as her skin tones. And it was a very simple levels adjustment to just shift that extra blue back out and get the colors back to where they need to be. Color printing then is not that much different from black and white printing. Obviously, there are big color changes that you can make but the really critical little adjustments are going to be about ensuring that black and white are where they need to and your neutral tones or neutral, so that you don't have a color cast.

Remember your eye sometimes works against you in this regard. In this case, when you're looking at it on screen your eye might be correcting that cast and hiding from you the fact that color is a little off. So you need to be sure to work by the numbers. Now, this final print that I got, this one that I think looks really nice, what does it look like compared to my screen? Well, if I hold it up here, it's close but it's really not an exact match. I'm getting more yellow here than I am here. So am I disappointed by that? No not really.

I, I feel like a print that I got is good. I like the way this looks. But if I really wanted to be able to proof the image on screen, I would have to take an entirely different course of action, and that's what we are going to look at in the next chapter.

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Inkjet Printing for Photographers

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  1. 9m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 50s
    2. Exploring why we print
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding what you need for this course
      3m 25s
  2. 13m 29s
    1. Why inkjet printing?
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment
      4m 26s
    3. Discussing considerations for black and white
      1m 48s
    4. Reviewing the features
      2m 39s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Printing and your workflow
      3m 3s
    2. Printing black-and-white photos
      6m 49s
    3. Understanding the histogram
      7m 37s
    4. Understanding what localized adjustments are used for
      2m 38s
    5. Explaining the histogram with a practical example
      6m 51s
    6. Making a localized adjustment in a practical example
      5m 30s
    7. Evaluating a localized adjustment in a practical example
      2m 29s
    8. Refining a localized adjustment for effect
      13m 36s
    9. Making a gradient adjustment
      6m 47s
    10. Paying attention to viewing conditions
      4m 49s
    11. Summing up
      1m 50s
  4. 54m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels, printer dots, and resolution
      2m 44s
    2. Understanding resolution
      2m 33s
    3. Defining resampling and interpolation
      3m 41s
    4. Understanding where resizing fits into your workflow
      2m 12s
    5. Defining native printer resolution
      2m 39s
    6. Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size
      2m 1s
    7. Reducing image size in Photoshop
      9m 11s
    8. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using Canvas Size
      4m 34s
    9. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool
      5m 15s
    10. Enlarging an image in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    11. Creating a triptych
      3m 55s
    12. Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac
      4m 5s
    13. Exploring the aesthetics of print size
      4m 39s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding how sharpening works
      3m 18s
    2. Sharpening in JPEG mode
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring sharpening workflows
      3m 47s
    4. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    5. Looking at noise reduction
      1m 46s
    6. Sharpening output with Smart Sharpen
      11m 52s
    7. Understanding selective sharpening
      4m 25s
    8. Sharpening through an edge mask
      7m 17s
    9. Reviewing high-pass sharpening
      4m 30s
    10. Applying aggressive sharpening
      8m 53s
    11. Exploring advanced sharpening techniques
      9m 7s
    12. Exploring the Print dialog
      11m 35s
    13. Proofing at smaller sizes
      3m 3s
  6. 53m 9s
    1. Exploring how color works
      2m 5s
    2. Reviewing color models
      2m 56s
    3. Defining gamut and color space
      9m 55s
    4. Reviewing when colors go out of gamut
      4m 54s
    5. Configuring Photoshop's color settings
      5m 47s
    6. Changing color space in Camera Raw
      4m 7s
    7. Working in an advanced color space
      6m 13s
    8. Assigning a color space in Photoshop
      2m 20s
    9. Correcting a color image
      9m 17s
    10. Printing a color image
      3m 30s
    11. Evaluating the print
      2m 5s
  7. 34m 46s
    1. What is color management?
      4m 16s
    2. Profiling a monitor
      8m 45s
    3. Evaluating a monitor profile
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring paper profiles
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding soft proofing
      11m 51s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. Understanding how paper quality affects the appearance of black in prints
      3m 26s
    2. Looking at third-party papers
      3m 46s
    3. Looking at paper finish
      3m 44s
    4. Understanding paper traits
      6m 31s
    5. Discussing paper choice and presentation
      7m 6s
  9. 23m 18s
    1. Printing a black-and-white image
      11m 45s
    2. Printing a color image
      11m 33s
  10. 1m 16s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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