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Printing a color image

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With this image adjusted, we're actually ready to get to the print dialog box and do our printing. So I'm going to go up here to File and choose Print. This should look pretty familiar to you. It's the same print dialog box we used when printing a black and white image and for the most part we need to make all of the same settings. We're going to do one thing a little bit differently. First thing I'm going to do as I did before is make sure that my printer is chosen correctly and then I'm going to Print Settings and choose My Media. If you are not familiar with these steps that I'm doing, you need to go back and watch the earlier print dialog movie. I'm just picking my paper.

Printing a color image

With this image adjusted, we're actually ready to get to the print dialog box and do our printing. So I'm going to go up here to File and choose Print. This should look pretty familiar to you. It's the same print dialog box we used when printing a black and white image and for the most part we need to make all of the same settings. We're going to do one thing a little bit differently. First thing I'm going to do as I did before is make sure that my printer is chosen correctly and then I'm going to Print Settings and choose My Media. If you are not familiar with these steps that I'm doing, you need to go back and watch the earlier print dialog movie. I'm just picking my paper.

This time, this is a color image, so I'm leaving Print mode set to AccuPhoto HD2. There are two ways of printing color pictures from Photoshop. One is to let the printer driver figure out how color should work and the other is to let Photoshop figure out how color should work. In this example we're going to let the printer driver figure the color. The advantage of this is it's easy to do. The Epson printer driver does a great job of choosing color. The disadvantage is there's no way to figure out a match between the screen and printer.

There's no time here when Photoshop is making any effort to figure out how to translate the on-screen image to the printed image. Now you may think why would I ever then want to print this way? Well, I think you find that actually your results can be very, very good, especially if you've been following the techniques we've outlined in this course. In the next chapter we'll show you how to do a color managed printing workflow wherein you try to get the screen to match the page and while that's great when it works, I think you'll see that there are some disadvantages to that as well.

So I've set my Print mode to AccuPhoto HD2, which is Epson's color print mode. Your printer might be different. I am going to set my Color mode to Adobe RGB, because, of course, that's where I'm choosing to work, and I am going to hit Save. I need to make sure that color handling is set to Printer Manages Colors. I have two options here, Printer Manages Colors or Photoshop Manages Colors. Now we configured this popup in our last Print dialog tutorial, because I needed the printer to manage colors because I was using a special black and white mode.

Here, I want the same things. I'm leaving that set like that making sure that my profile is set properly. Now Rendering Intent controls how Photoshop will map colors into the particular color space that the printer needs. For the most part all you ever need to do here is Relative Colorimetric. For sure, you do not need to do Saturation. You might want to experiment sometime with Perceptual, maybe Absolute Colorimetric. You will get different results if you choose those. So that's worth doing a little experimenting with.

For driver color I usually leave it set to Relative Colorimetric. I rarely find that changing the Rendering Intent here really makes any difference. I want the image centered, I'm not scaling, and I don't need any of printing marks. So I'm ready to print this image. When I'm working with driver color, this is really all I have to do whether or not I get a good print is really contingent on the edits that I've made and whether or not I have successfully adjusted the tone and color for the different parts of my image accordingly. As I mentioned before, test prints are pretty much always required.

So I might choose to do this at a smaller size. I'm pretty confident about this image. I'm going to hit the Print button and see how it comes out.

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Inkjet Printing for Photographers

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  1. 9m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 50s
    2. Exploring why we print
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding what you need for this course
      3m 25s
  2. 13m 29s
    1. Why inkjet printing?
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment
      4m 26s
    3. Discussing considerations for black and white
      1m 48s
    4. Reviewing the features
      2m 39s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Printing and your workflow
      3m 3s
    2. Printing black-and-white photos
      6m 49s
    3. Understanding the histogram
      7m 37s
    4. Understanding what localized adjustments are used for
      2m 38s
    5. Explaining the histogram with a practical example
      6m 51s
    6. Making a localized adjustment in a practical example
      5m 30s
    7. Evaluating a localized adjustment in a practical example
      2m 29s
    8. Refining a localized adjustment for effect
      13m 36s
    9. Making a gradient adjustment
      6m 47s
    10. Paying attention to viewing conditions
      4m 49s
    11. Summing up
      1m 50s
  4. 54m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels, printer dots, and resolution
      2m 44s
    2. Understanding resolution
      2m 33s
    3. Defining resampling and interpolation
      3m 41s
    4. Understanding where resizing fits into your workflow
      2m 12s
    5. Defining native printer resolution
      2m 39s
    6. Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size
      2m 1s
    7. Reducing image size in Photoshop
      9m 11s
    8. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using Canvas Size
      4m 34s
    9. Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool
      5m 15s
    10. Enlarging an image in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    11. Creating a triptych
      3m 55s
    12. Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac
      4m 5s
    13. Exploring the aesthetics of print size
      4m 39s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding how sharpening works
      3m 18s
    2. Sharpening in JPEG mode
      1m 26s
    3. Exploring sharpening workflows
      3m 47s
    4. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    5. Looking at noise reduction
      1m 46s
    6. Sharpening output with Smart Sharpen
      11m 52s
    7. Understanding selective sharpening
      4m 25s
    8. Sharpening through an edge mask
      7m 17s
    9. Reviewing high-pass sharpening
      4m 30s
    10. Applying aggressive sharpening
      8m 53s
    11. Exploring advanced sharpening techniques
      9m 7s
    12. Exploring the Print dialog
      11m 35s
    13. Proofing at smaller sizes
      3m 3s
  6. 53m 9s
    1. Exploring how color works
      2m 5s
    2. Reviewing color models
      2m 56s
    3. Defining gamut and color space
      9m 55s
    4. Reviewing when colors go out of gamut
      4m 54s
    5. Configuring Photoshop's color settings
      5m 47s
    6. Changing color space in Camera Raw
      4m 7s
    7. Working in an advanced color space
      6m 13s
    8. Assigning a color space in Photoshop
      2m 20s
    9. Correcting a color image
      9m 17s
    10. Printing a color image
      3m 30s
    11. Evaluating the print
      2m 5s
  7. 34m 46s
    1. What is color management?
      4m 16s
    2. Profiling a monitor
      8m 45s
    3. Evaluating a monitor profile
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring paper profiles
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding soft proofing
      11m 51s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. Understanding how paper quality affects the appearance of black in prints
      3m 26s
    2. Looking at third-party papers
      3m 46s
    3. Looking at paper finish
      3m 44s
    4. Understanding paper traits
      6m 31s
    5. Discussing paper choice and presentation
      7m 6s
  9. 23m 18s
    1. Printing a black-and-white image
      11m 45s
    2. Printing a color image
      11m 33s
  10. 1m 16s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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