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Printing and your workflow

From: Inkjet Printing for Photographers

Video: Printing and your workflow

Workflow is a big topic, and there is no ideal workflow that I can say is unequivocally right for everybody. In general though, it's safe to say that a postproduction workflow typically proceeds something like this. You import your images into your computer. Now, you might be importing them into a program like Lightroom or Aperture or iPhoto, or you might simply be copying the images to your hard drive manually and then using a program such as Adobe Bridge to browse through them. Next, you review your images to make your selects. That is, you sift through all of the images that you shot, you find the ones that are good enough to pass through the rest of your workflow, and then you edit those images.

Printing and your workflow

Workflow is a big topic, and there is no ideal workflow that I can say is unequivocally right for everybody. In general though, it's safe to say that a postproduction workflow typically proceeds something like this. You import your images into your computer. Now, you might be importing them into a program like Lightroom or Aperture or iPhoto, or you might simply be copying the images to your hard drive manually and then using a program such as Adobe Bridge to browse through them. Next, you review your images to make your selects. That is, you sift through all of the images that you shot, you find the ones that are good enough to pass through the rest of your workflow, and then you edit those images.

Image editing has its own workflow that you follow to work efficiently and to ensure that you're not degrading the quality of your images. But in this image editing step you'll fix problems in the image--cropping, exposure problems, sensor dust, retouching--and many times you'll be image editing because your camera was simply not able to capture the image the way you saw it either in your mind or with your eye. This is the image editing to complete an image. You'll make these edits based on what you are seeing on your screen. Now if you've done any printing at all, you've probably already discovered that what you see onscreen doesn't always match what you get on paper.

What's more, if you later switch to a different kind of paper, you may get completely different printed results than what you were getting before. So after you've got your image looking the way that you like it onscreen, after you've cleaned it and adjusted it and finished up your original vision for the scene, then it's time to add some additional edits to get the image corrected for the specific print that you want to make. Now this is why I think there are two image editing steps as you're working towards a print. The first set of edits gets you a baseline image that represents your original vision of the scene.

The second set builds on that baseline image and adjusts it for your particular printer and paper choice. But you might be a thinking, aren't you're going to show me how to get my images to always match the screen? Maybe. The fact is, depending on the hardware that you have, it may not be possible for you to get your images to match your screen. But that won't prevent you from getting good prints. It also doesn't mean that you have go through dozens of test prints to get a good result. The techniques you're going to learn here will show you how to accurately adjust your images to get a predictable result, even though it may not look exactly like what you see onscreen.

After your edits are done, you need to size your image, sharpen it, and then you're ready to print, and that printing step might involve a soft proofing step, and it will certainly involve configuring the Print dialog box correctly. You need to let your print dry then and stabilize and then you're ready to evaluate it and see if you need to make any additional adjustments. In this chapter, you're going to see me take an image from that initial set of edits--that is, from edits that look right onscreen--to a finished print. This is going to involve a lot of analysis and correction. We're not going to get into resizing and sharpening in this chapter though, as I like you to focus just on understanding the corrections that you need to make to get a good image on paper.

You're also going to see me working with students at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. They are going to give me images that they have edited to a specific vision, and I'm going to take them from there to a finished print.

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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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