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Printer recommendations

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Printer recommendations

When it comes to picking out a printer, one of the things that you have to keep in mind is there is something magical about the final print. It's almost as if it just completes the whole photographic workflow, that final artifact is so fascinating. So one of the things that you need to consider in regards to your printer is that you typically want to get the best of the best. I mean, you want to get the best that you can afford because it's always worthwhile to invest a little bit more in a printer. Well for starters then, what does that mean in regards to different brands.? Well, the three top brands that all of the top pros use are either Epson, Canon or HP. So if you are going to get a photo printer I recommend that you get one of those.

Printer recommendations

When it comes to picking out a printer, one of the things that you have to keep in mind is there is something magical about the final print. It's almost as if it just completes the whole photographic workflow, that final artifact is so fascinating. So one of the things that you need to consider in regards to your printer is that you typically want to get the best of the best. I mean, you want to get the best that you can afford because it's always worthwhile to invest a little bit more in a printer. Well for starters then, what does that mean in regards to different brands.? Well, the three top brands that all of the top pros use are either Epson, Canon or HP. So if you are going to get a photo printer I recommend that you get one of those.

Again, it's not really worth skimping on your printer because that final artifact, that final print is going to be so worth it, if you have a nice printer. Now you may be thinking, well, I don't have enough money to buy this type of printer. Well neither do I. We all have a certain amount of money that we can afford for a particular type of printer. So I'm not necessarily saying that you have to buy the best. But buy of what you can afford but try to push the envelope a little bit here because typically it's well worthwhile. Well, I do all of my printing on Epson printers and here you can see actually a little bit of an older snapshot of my office and there I have the Epson 2400.

The two printers that I use most often are that printer as well as the Epson 3800. Now the Epson 3800 in my opinion is just hands-down amazing. Now I don't get anything for saying that. But this printer is just unreal. The first time that I plugged in my Epson printer and I ran a print through it, I was just stunned. I was literally excited about desktop printing. This for me is the printer that changed my mind about how desktop printing is incredibly exciting. Now I have been doing desktop printing for a quite a bit of time and I have been using high- end printers for quite a bit of time.

But it's this printer that really just excited me about this overall process and again if I have to do any printing this is really the one that I turn to. Now I'll use some of the other printers as well just to experiment with them and also to do some other test prints. Yet this one I found to have the best luck with. Now I'm saying all of this in a way that I hope is a little bit descriptive rather then prescriptive. And what I mean by that is I could only describe what I do in my own workflow. And share that with you. I am not necessarily saying that you have to get an Epson printer, although I think it would be a really good idea. What I'm saying is hey, this is how I do things and this is my own workflow. What you then need to do is take these ideas and say okay, what then can I do that will make sense in my own photographic workflow.

And then finally, you are obviously picking up a bit here that I'm encouraging you to try to begin to think about your printer and possibly then begin to invest in a printer. Because one of the things that I found, and again this is descriptive of my own workflow, is that by investing a little bit in printing, it has really added a quite a bit of excitement to my overall photographic process and in turn it has helped me create images that are that much more stunning.

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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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