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Paper resources

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Paper resources

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.

Paper resources

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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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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