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Printing from Photoshop

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Video: Printing from Photoshop

Printing images and having the quality come out and be, not only acceptable, but really good is both an art and a science. It's challenging. It's tough. There's a lot of steps and ingredients involved and a lot of ways that you can mess things up. So, in this tutorial, we're going to look at a few of the most common basic issues that you could resolve, so that you could print the best possible looking image. Now, the first thing we want to do is go to the Image menu and choose Image Size. And we want to take a look at the width, height, and resolution of our image.

Printing from Photoshop

Printing images and having the quality come out and be, not only acceptable, but really good is both an art and a science. It's challenging. It's tough. There's a lot of steps and ingredients involved and a lot of ways that you can mess things up. So, in this tutorial, we're going to look at a few of the most common basic issues that you could resolve, so that you could print the best possible looking image. Now, the first thing we want to do is go to the Image menu and choose Image Size. And we want to take a look at the width, height, and resolution of our image.

Right now, it says our width and height is 20 inches across by 13 inches high. So if we were to print this, that's exactly what size it eventually would be, but the resolution is set for screen resolution, 72 pixels per inch and not print resolution. So we want to uncheck Resample Image and change the resolution to 300 pixels per inch. And we could see that when we do that, it changes our width and height to a much less impressive 4.8 inches by 3.2 inches. But that's how it's going to look really good, so we've gotta do that. That's as big as we could print it without it starting to look a little soft.

I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And now, we go to File > Print. And here, we have this really powerful Photoshop print settings dialog box. It's pretty basic. I just want you to be aware that it's here. We have our printer that we can choose here, some basic settings. Again, we can choose Portrait Orientation or Landscape Orientation. We could change the number of copies. We could click Print Settings, so we can open up our Printers dialog box, and there are some other controls down here, as well for printing marks and the like. But I want you to be aware of a few important things. Number one, position and size.

I can move this on the page wherever I'd like. So if I did want to maybe reuse this paper like if you're printing on expensive stock, you might not want to print in this center. You might want to put towards the corner, or if you did want to move it in the center, you could just check Center and Photoshop will center it for you automatically. The other thing I want to draw your attention to is Color Handling. Color Management is a huge subject in of itself. There's just tons of information. If you are very picky about your colors and the way that they print, you'll want to start learning about Color Management and ICC profiles and device profiles and the like.

And you'll want to choose Photoshop Manages Colors, and you'll also want to make sure you have the ICC profiles for the printer and for the material that you're going to be printing on from your printer. And you'll want to select those from this drop-down list, and that's again, if you really, really, really know what you're doing. But if you don't know what you are doing and if you don't know what an ICC profile is, then, until you learn about that stuff, then you'll want to choose Printer Manages Colors and you'll want to have your printer kind of guess what your color is going to be. So if you don't know all about Color management, then Photoshop will just guess.

And Photoshop isn't going to guess as good as your printer is going to guess. So again, if you don't know what you're doing, choose Printer Manages Colors and let your printer handle it. If you do know what you're doing and you're a master of the craft, then choose Photoshop Manages Colors, cuz Photoshop will do a better job than your printer assuming that you know what you're doing. And once you have the correct resolution for your image, and it's in the right spot, and you've got the right Color Management set up, and your printer settings are good, go ahead and click Print and your image will print.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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