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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.
We are now ready to send this photograph to our desktop printer. And in order to do that we will simply click the Print button. At this juncture what we are actually doing is exiting Photoshop, we have now entered into the Epson Print dialog window, because I'm going to be printing to the Epson 3800. Now whatever printer type you are using, it doesn't really matter what will happen here is it will open that printer's dialog window where you want to dial in a few options. Now most importantly what we need to do is choose our Media Type and turn off Color Management. Now each dialog window will look a little bit differently. So what you are going to need to do is go through the settings for your particular printer. I'll go through the settings for my printer just so you have an example of what you are looking for.
All right. Well, what I'm going to do here is click on this pulldown menu. Also I should say if you are not seeing many menu options click on the icon next to the Printer, pulldown menu and there you get a number of more options. Now, we are going to click on this pulldown menu and the only place that I need to go is Print Settings. Now in the Print Settings dialog window, I need to choose my Media Type and here I'm going to go to Photo Paper > Premium Glossy, all right. That looks good. Color, it's going to be Color, not Advanced B&W or Black. So I'm going to go ahead and choose Color. Color Settings important step, right? We want to make sure to turn off Color Management inside of this dialog. So the Color Settings are off, perfect.
Now the Print Quality, there are two options here. SuperFine or SuperPhoto. SuperFine will work well with this image. Now we have High Speed, on this particular printer because it's a high- end amazing printer, I'm going to leave High Speed on. Well, with a little bit of a lower-end printer I might turn this off and here is why. What happens is when the print is created? The ink is set down, right? And it moves from left to right. So the ink is set down as the ink cartridge travels across the paper. With High Speed on, it sets down ink as it goes left to right and then right to left as well. So it doesn't give much time for the ink to dry which can result in a lower quality print. So you have to experiment with that setting. But with this printer I know that High Speed, leaving that on, it will work really well.
All right, at this juncture we are now ready, we have completed the entire process. All that we need to do is simply click the Print button in order to print this image and at this point what we want to do is wait on the edge of the our seat because there is something so exciting about seeing that image roll out of the printer then finally holding it in your hand. It's that final artifact that completes the whole photographic loop from capture all the way to output and there is something about that, that is just completely exhilarating to me. All right, well this wraps up our conversation about printing to your desktop printer. I hope that these movies will help you create many stunning, engaging and compelling photographic prints.
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