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Proofing at smaller sizes

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Test prints are a perfectly normal part of the printing process, whether you're printing black and white or color, whether you're running a fully color managed system like we'll see in later chapters or not, whatever you're doing, you're going to need to do test prints on images where tone and color are critical. However, test prints don't mean that you have to use a lot of paper and ink, because you don't have to do test prints at full size unless what you're hoping to test or proof is detail and noise. For tone and color there's no reason not to do smaller test prints, and there is a very easy way to do that in Photoshop.

Proofing at smaller sizes

Test prints are a perfectly normal part of the printing process, whether you're printing black and white or color, whether you're running a fully color managed system like we'll see in later chapters or not, whatever you're doing, you're going to need to do test prints on images where tone and color are critical. However, test prints don't mean that you have to use a lot of paper and ink, because you don't have to do test prints at full size unless what you're hoping to test or proof is detail and noise. For tone and color there's no reason not to do smaller test prints, and there is a very easy way to do that in Photoshop.

I mentioned before that in the Print dialog you should not resize because that will mess up your sharpening. However, for the sake of a smaller test print where we don't care about sharpness, because we can assess it with smaller size anyway, then using the Print dialog box's resizing features are actually pretty handy. So I have got this image that I'm ultimately going to print out at 8x10, but I'd like to do a test print of it. So I'm going to do it in half size, and there is a very easy way to do that. I'm going to rotate my page by clicking on the landscape orientation button and then I'm going to scale it down.

I am going to scale it down to about 75%, and maybe I need to go little smaller. We'll go 70%. Now that drops it right in the middle of the page, which is no good, because the leftover page is still useless. But if I uncheck the center button, I can just click the image and drag it over to here, and that's using up about half of the page. So when I print this image, this side of the paper is the side that's going into the printer first, and it's the side that's going to come out first. So I can do my test print, look at this image, and if I want to do another test print I can make my adjustments configure the Print dialog box like this again, but this time feed this side of the paper into the printer first.

Or maybe I do this test print, find out the images fine, and move on to another image. That's fine I have still got another half page for test printing. This is a very easy way of getting test prints to assess tone and color without using lots of media and lots of ink. If I want to assess sharpness, detail and/or noise, then I still don't need to print a full size image. Let's say I'm going to print at 24x36, and I want to get an idea of how noisy or how good the detail is, I could simply take a 4x6 or 8x10 crop out of a way representative section of the image and print that.

For assessing tone and color I could take that 24x36 image and shrink it down to half size or even smaller. So just because you need to do test prints, there's no reason that you need to be going through lots of media and ink. Smaller test prints give you a perfectly reasonable way of assessing tone and color. Hopefully, if you follow the techniques in this course, and you're being careful about checking your tonal ranges throughout the different parts of your image where it's critical, then you're going to find that you don't need to do lots of test prints. I typically get away with just one test print, unless it's a very tricky image--say a low-light image or something like that--and when I do test print, I use these techniques to ensure that I don't have to use so much paper and ink.

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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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