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Printing recommendations overview

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Printing recommendations overview

Hey, welcome. This is Chris Orwig here and here we are in my office. What I want to do in this movie is just have a little bit of a conversation about printing and about paper and let's imagine that you came by my office and say hey! Chris, what's the deal with different types of printers and do you know what printer is best? What I would probably do is I'll pull out an analogy. I would say well what camera is best? Let's say I reach for my Hasselblad. Well in this case, if I'm going to shoot a photograph with a Hasselblad, it's going to give me a particular type of an image. Let's say just at the base level, it's going to give me a square format. Now is this square format better or worse than my 35 millimeter camera that I'll grab here? Well no, it's just different.

Printing recommendations overview

Hey, welcome. This is Chris Orwig here and here we are in my office. What I want to do in this movie is just have a little bit of a conversation about printing and about paper and let's imagine that you came by my office and say hey! Chris, what's the deal with different types of printers and do you know what printer is best? What I would probably do is I'll pull out an analogy. I would say well what camera is best? Let's say I reach for my Hasselblad. Well in this case, if I'm going to shoot a photograph with a Hasselblad, it's going to give me a particular type of an image. Let's say just at the base level, it's going to give me a square format. Now is this square format better or worse than my 35 millimeter camera that I'll grab here? Well no, it's just different.

Then they also might say well, will the camera body and the camera type and lens determine how good the photograph is? Well, yes and no, right. There is a little bit of give and take there. At the end of the day, if we take a look at this camera that I have here. This old Nikon D1x that's been taken apart by one of my friends. We can see that it's just a camera. There is really nothing to it or it's a shell of a camera and it kind of reminds me that the camera isn't going to make a good image. It's more about me and so when considering a printer, yes, we do want to consider, okay what printer will be best? And there are printers that are better than other printers, etcetera.

But ultimately when you want to create a good photograph, when you want to create a good print, it's really about you and about the whole process and going through that whole process. Well, how then do you start to think about papers? Well there are a lot of different types of papers you can use. One of the type of papers I like is this Red River Paper, because it's completely recycled and I enjoy that. I like when I'm able to create some prints that are a little bit more green. Another type of paper that I print to quite often and I have mentioned this before is this Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. Basically, Epson's matte paper.

Wonderful stuff, I love printing to that. And again, one of my other favorites is this velvet fine art paper. Now speaking of the velvet fine art paper, I have a handful of prints on my printer here and if you came by my office, I would say well, let's look at some of these and I'll pull one out. For example, this photograph of my daughter Sophie and my wife Kelly. I love this image on this velvet paper. I love that I can touch this. It really fits the message and the feeling of this particular event. Now let's go ahead and grab another print that's come off my printer recently. This one is Gerry Lopez, an amazing and renowned surfer. I love the vivid colors that you can see here and I like how those colors work with this matte paper. I like that I can feel bit of that texture there. It's not glossy or shiny.

Now again, the type of paper that you use is really preferential. Is there one type that's better than another? Well not necessarily. Really it depends on what you want to communicate. Now other times you reach for a print and you say oh yeah, I love that. You know, again, that really works with the message that I'm trying to communicate and you are getting excited about your printing. Then all of a sudden, you get one of these and your print doesn't look good at all. It just looks like everything is wrong. I mean the photograph is good, but the print isn't good. Well in this case, I print on the wrong side of the paper and you know that happens to us when we are printing and the reason I bring that up is that printing takes experimentation. It takes learning your paper. In this case, here is that final print of that same photograph. It looks so much better.

Let me show you a comparison and again we would talk a little bit about printing and that process of printing and ensuring that you get that good final print. And there are lot of times, getting that good final print is really about you. You are in the printing community, or in the printing world, one of the things that they say is that there are these print masters, these people who have mastery over this printing process. That's kind of interesting when you stop to think about it. It's not something like you can just push a button and cross your fingers and hope to get a good print. That's why you are watching this training title, right, so that you can learn more about how you can use all these different things in order to create amazing prints.

Another thing that printing does for you. As you print out a photograph, like let's say this photograph of Ben Harper. What you need to do typically is print a photograph and then let it sit somewhere. Hang it up on a wall. Walk away from it and then when you come back to the photograph, you will see things anew. Like with this image. I see that there is this little divot right close to his eye. Now I don't want anything distracting right close to his eyes. And I didn't notice that while I was working on my computer because I really focused in on his eyes and it took me turning away from the photograph and then coming back to it to discover that mistake. And you will find that creating prints is a great way to learn about photography. You will find that it will sharpen your vision.

Now I'll go ahead and just pull out a couple more here. Just some fun photographs. Another one, Jack Johnson, great print of Jack. He is an amazing guy and then another print here. We will talk about his later. How we can use print layouts, in order to print multiple images on one page for testing, or to save paper, and to save time, and to save ink. So one of the things that I want you to begin to think about as you dig deeper into this wonderful world of printing is that there are number of different devices that you can use. There are number of different paper types that you can use. There is no one correct or no one best way to create a print.

Some people will say you have to use this or you have to do that. Well it's not necessarily true, because printing is essentially an experimental process. It's a process that will teach you quite a bit about how you think, how you photograph, how you see. It will clarify your vision and it will do so much more. So here is my hope for you. My hope is that as you learn more about printing, as you dig deeper in this training title that this will all help you create much more compelling prints. All right, well, thanks for stopping by my office. I'll catch you in the next movie. Bye for now.

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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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