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Setting the white and black points


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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Setting the white and black points

We are now ready to begin to prepare this file for print. One of the things that I want to do here is make sure I have good detail in my blacks and my whites. Now in order to do that, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to the Adjustments panel and click on the Threshold icon there. I'm just going to use this to try to find my deepest blacks and also my brightest whites. So when I do that, I can see that I have some deep blacks here. I'll press the I key to select the eyedropper and I'll Shift-click there. Now all this is doing is just setting a little points saying, "hey! Here is where you can find some deep blacks." Then I'll go ahead and click and drag to the right and here I'm going to find some nice bright whites on these roses over here. I'll Shift-click to set another point. Now do I need this layer anymore? No, not at all. So I'll delete it, I'll press the Delete key. Now I love that in CS4 you can delete layers simply by pressing the Delete key.
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  1. 3m 32s
    1. Welcome
      2m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 2s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 40s
    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 15s
    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 54s
    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 25s
    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 1s
    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 55s
    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 6s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 19s
    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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5h 11m Intermediate Feb 25, 2009

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As Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Now, with Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques, creating breathtaking prints is within reach. In this course, photographer and instructor Chris Orwig teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life. From producing a business card to visiting a working press, Chris covers everything photographers need to know to achieve unique, compelling results from the printing process. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Implementing a color-managed workflow
  • Creating color-correct prints
  • Advanced image sharpening techniques
  • Using typography with promo materials
  • Working with print layouts and montages
  • Considering paper and printer choices
  • Soft-proofing to ensure stunning results
  • Optimizing the print workflow
  • Converting to CMYK and going to press
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Setting the white and black points

We are now ready to begin to prepare this file for print. One of the things that I want to do here is make sure I have good detail in my blacks and my whites. Now in order to do that, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to the Adjustments panel and click on the Threshold icon there. I'm just going to use this to try to find my deepest blacks and also my brightest whites. So when I do that, I can see that I have some deep blacks here. I'll press the I key to select the eyedropper and I'll Shift-click there. Now all this is doing is just setting a little points saying, "hey! Here is where you can find some deep blacks." Then I'll go ahead and click and drag to the right and here I'm going to find some nice bright whites on these roses over here. I'll Shift-click to set another point. Now do I need this layer anymore? No, not at all. So I'll delete it, I'll press the Delete key. Now I love that in CS4 you can delete layers simply by pressing the Delete key.

The next thing that I'm going to do is go ahead and navigate to my Curves adjustments and I'll click on the Curves icon there. I'm going to go ahead and open up the Y eyedropper. I'll double- click that. Here I can select a target highlight color. I'm just going to use a default color here. I have 95%. You can see that's the last number that I used and that's the brightness value of 95%. I'll click OK to make sure I have that. Then I'll sample this point here. Okay, great. Now I'm going to go to my black point. I'll double-click that eyedropper, I'm going to change that to 5% of my brightness value. Again, those were the last percentages that I used, so I remember those. I also had set those as my defaults in a previous movie. So go ahead and click OK and then I'm going to sample this area of the hair. Now when I see that, one of the things I'm noticing is it's bringing out some more detail there in the hair. That's just going to help us, so that this image prints better.

Now one of the things that happens sometimes is when you do this, it creates a little bit of a color shift or in my case, it removed a little bit of the warmth from the image. It's real subtle but if we zoom in a little bit, you can see here is our before and then here is our after. Now this image, perhaps, is a little bit more color correct but I'm interested, perhaps, in having a little bit of that warmth in the image. So what I'm going to do here is click on this particular adjustment layer and make sure I'm targeting that Curves layer and take my blend mode to good old Luminosity. Now here all it's going to do is work on the overall luminance value or the brightness value. So I have more detail in the shadows there. If I zoom in on that particular area of the hair, we can especially see that. I'm definitely going to have that print a little bit better. Well, let's zoom out.

Well, now that we have modified the overall tone, we are ready to work on the color and we will do that in the next movie.

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