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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 image to our desktop printer. Now in the next couple of movies, we are going to walk through that process and you may notice that the sound sounds just a little bit differently because now I'm actually working on one of my main studio computers. All right, well let's go ahead and navigate to where we can send this to our printer and that's by going to the File pulldown menu and choosing Print or by pressing the shortcut key, Command+P. So go ahead and select that option. This will open up the Print dialog window. Now the Print dialog window is packed with valuable information. I like to think of this dialog window as been divided up into three vertical columns.
Here is one column where I have Preview and also some soft proofing information. Then in the middle, I'm able to choose my printer and dial in a few settings there and then finally in the far right, here is where I'm going to dial in all of my Color Management options. Okay, well for starters, one of the things that I need to do is to select the printer that I'll be printing to. In this case, I'm printing to the Epson 3800, so I have gone ahead and selected that. Now that I have selected that, I'm going to go up to the Page Setup options because the page setup that I determine is really contingent upon the particular printer. So I'll go ahead and choose Page Setup. Now in this Page Setup dialog, I need to choose the particular printer. So I'll go ahead and leave my Page Attributes as-is, select the printer, Epson 3800. Now here, I'm going to choose a particular paper type. Let's say that I want to print this on this A3 size. So, I could go ahead and do that and I could determine the particular type of layout that I want and I'll go ahead and select OK.
Well, now my image appears much smaller in this larger sheet of paper. Now I realize I'm going to be wasting a big piece of paper. So I go ahead and navigate back to Page Setup and I'll choose something much smaller and I'll go ahead to that US Letter size and click OK and now this 5x5 image looks a little bit bigger on that sheet of paper. Okay, well now that we set up the page, I'm going to go ahead and click Center Image off and I'm going to click and drag to reposition this image. So it's a little bit higher on the page just because I think that will look nicer. Now, the next option I have has to do with scaling the print size. Now I can Scale to Fit Media. It will resize the image, or I can also increase the Height or the Width here. Now typically, I don't like to do any scaling inside of this Print dialog window. I almost think they included this in order to speed up your printing process just when you want to create a rough print. Typically what you want to do is dial in the exact image size before you actually get to this dialog. So I almost always skip this dialog in its entirety.
Now I can turn the visibility of this bounding box on or off and again that's just a visual which would then help me scale or resize this. Well, I don't need to scale or resize this image so I'm going to obviously turn that off. Okay, but what about this information over here, the information in regards to soft proofing? Well, in order to be able to take advantage of those options, I need to change something over here in the right-hand column, the Color Management column. We will take a look at that column in the next movie.
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