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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.
Here I want to briefly share with you a few paper recommendations. Now before I actually talk about the paper I want to talk about one thing really quickly. As an artist you have to be a little bit opinionated, right. Because it's that opinion that then takes your vision somewhere. And so in my case I'm a little bit opinionated about paper and about printing and I print a certain way with a certain type of paper. And all that I can do is really talk about my perspective. Now I'm going to talk about my perspective, not necessarily because it's prescriptive meaning that you have to do this. Rather I'm going to describe my own workflow so that you can get some ideas from that and then take those ideas and blend them with your own ideas and come up with what works best for you.
All right. Well I print everything on Epson printers. I absolutely love those printers and I have already talked about that a little bit. And I also do almost all of my printing with Epson papers. Now the different types of papers that I like to use are the glossy paper, the luster, the matte and the velvet fine art papers. I also experiment a little bit with some of the canvas papers. Those are really fascinating. The majority of my printing is done on the matte paper. It's called presentation paper. And I really like that. I like the way that the blacks work and contrast and what not. I also am starting to do some printing with Red River paper. They have this line of paper called Green Pix. It's 100% post consumer recycled paper. Now in my opinion this is the first recycled paper that actually looks good and it looks really good and I'm pretty excited about that as you can tell.
So if I have recommend some paper for you as you begin to experiment with printing, I would say okay if you have an Epson printer you definitely want to get some luster paper matte and then one of the fine art papers like a velvet fine art, and begin to see how color and tone and contrast and sharpness works for these different types of papers. I also would recommend that you dig into the Red River Green Pix paper. They have different sizes and also types of paper. You can use these for greeting cards or you can use various standard sizes of that paper as well.
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