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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.
All right, in this movie, I want to share with you a few paper resources that will help you in your overall printing workflow. The first thing that I want to do is pull up my web browser. I'm going to go ahead and do that and share with you a few links. Now I'll share with you some links where you can find your paper profiles. Now if you remember from the chapter on color management, paper profiles are really important because they help clarify the communication between your monitor and your printer. So one of the places that you can go is to the particular paper company that you are buying the paper from, for example, Epson and here you can see that you can download the ICC Profiles for this particular type of paper. We can also go a few other places as well. PixelGenius .com has some great paper profiles and here you can see that I can find profiles for different printers. So like the printer that I print to, the Epson 3800, I can then download the profiles for the different type of papers that I'm going to be using.
Now in other place where you can find these is yet a different site, BreathingColor.com, and again here they have created a number of different profiles for different printers and you can see the list of printers down here. Now here I'm tending to show profiles for the printers in the paper that I'm using, but of course, all that you need to do in order to find the profiles for your paper and your printer is to do a little bit of a Google search and you will be able to find these pretty quickly. The last thing that I want to share with you here is for redrivercatalog.com /profiles and here is where I can find some of the profiles for this particular paper company.
So again, keep in mind, what you want to do is to go to the paper company's website first to try to find the profiles there. If you can't find them there, you can always look other places and then finally, it's always best to create your own paper profiles with your own printer because each printer is a little bit different, each batch of paper is a little bit different. All right, well now that I have shared with those things, I want to go back to this file that we have in our Chapter 07 folder. Here I'm in the Adobe Bridge, I'll press the Spacebar in order to open this up in full-screen view mode. Now this is a screen capture from a document on the Epson website. Now while it's on the Epson website, I think this document is actually helpful for anyone printing with any kind of paper. And what it has to do with this paper surfaces and light reflection? One of the things that it says over here is that plane paper or uncoated paper, it absorbs ink there is a lot dot gain.
Now dot gain you can think of like having a magic marker and sticking that magic marker on a paper towel. Well the ink then spreads out into the paper towel. Well in this case, what happens is lights reflected away from the viewing eye and it doesn't look very good. The image doesn't look very strong. Well, you can also use glossy papers. They're an improvement because you have minimized dot gains, so you are getting a little bit more of the image. Yet what's ideal is to have resin- coated paper for the finest quality of photographic results as it says here, you want to go for these results that are resin-coated. So they give you the look and feel and the colors of traditional photography.
So the whole point of this particular document is that good paper really I mean really matters. The other thing to keep in mind is that there is always one side of the paper that's coated and one side that isn't or I should say typically that's the case. Most papers aren't double-sided. So in that case what happens is you want to make sure that you are printing on the correct side. So if you ever insert a piece of paper in your printer and the image comes out and it just looks kind of flat and the colors don't look very good, it just looks strange, you probably are printing on the wrong side of the paper. And then my final thought for you is this; if you haven't experimented with printing on good paper, you just have to. It is so compelling. It's inspiring to see that print emerge and to see how good it can actually look.
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