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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
All right, at this juncture we are ready to go to print. So we will navigate to our File pulldown menu, and we will choose Print, or press the shortcut, Command+P on the Mac/Ctrl+P on the PC. This will then open up the Print dialog. Now, there are a couple of things that we need to do here. But before we do anything, I want to talk a little bit about this dialog. I like to think of this dialog as being divided up into three columns: this first column here, the middle column, and then finally the final column. Now, let's go ahead and choose our Printer from the middle column, EPSON 3800. Next, let's go to the Page Setup, because once we have chosen the Printer I can then select an appropriate page setup. I'll choose it for this particular printer, the 3800.
Then the paper type that I'm going to select is this A4 size; and here we can see the dimensions there, and we will go ahead and click OK. Well, now that I have done that, I can see my image inside of that page. I can also click to change the orientation there. That's really handy because these icons have been relocated. They used to be located down here. Makes much more sense right here. Keep in mind this is a pretty low res file. That's why it's only taking up this small area on this page. It's a low res file so that I could include it with this training title. I didn't want to bog down our exercise files folder.
Okay, great. Well, so far we have this image here. I can click Center Image off and reposition it on the page. Now that can be handy, because what I could do is actually print a version of the image there, and then I could still use this piece of paper and print another image over here. That's sometimes kind of helpful, if you are just running test prints. But in my case this isn't a test print so I'll go ahead and bring it back to the middle and click on Center Image. Well, the next set of options we have have to do with scaling the print size. Now, do we really want to do any scaling here? No, and here is why. You want to do all of your scaling typically in Photoshop, so I'm going to skip this entire dialog.
Bounding Box, do I need to see that? Well, not necessarily. I'll go ahead and take it off. It will give me a little bit more of a realistic view. Now, the nice thing about this is I have the ability to turn on my Soft Proof and kind of show me how this image is going to look when it's printed. I have a little bit of a Gamut Warning, showing me that some of my colors are out of gamut. Okay, that's fine. Then it will Show that overall Paper White, and again, that paper isn't that bright white, its a little bit more of a muted tone, so I can see that there. Now, how is it determining these values? Well, it's based on my profile over here. Let's navigate to Color Management. Now, the Profile for the document is Adobe RGB(1998). How do we want to handle the Color? Well, we want Photoshop to handle the color, because it will do a much better job than the printer, so I check Photoshop Manages Color.
On my Printer Profile, well, it's that same profile that I selected before. Yet, is it an enhanced matte? No, it's not enhanced matte. What I'm printing to this time is Premium Glossy, so I need to be sure to select that. Now, when I selected that option, did you notice that Gamut Warning changed here? I'll go ahead and go back. Much more color is out of gamut there, it's a little bit stronger of a shift as well, and so it will show me that. Again, with Premium Glossy I'm going to be fine here. But if I do see any problems I may want to Cancel out of this and then modify the color further back in Photoshop, but for this paper this is going to work fine.
Now, my Rendering Intent, we have talked about that before and typically what you want to do as a photographer is select Relative first, and then if that doesn't work, go down to some of the other intents. Keep in mind it also will describe that intent down there and give you a little bit more information. Black Point Compensation, you definitely want to have that checked on. Well, all right, we have made it through our Print dialog window, there is only one more thing I want to talk about, and that's this option here. If I click on Proof, well, I would want to do that if I'm just going to print a quick proof of the image, I'm not, I want this image to look stunning, so I'm going to go ahead and click on Document, and it will dial in my options a little bit better there.
All right. Well, that takes us through this Print dialog, we are now ready to press the Print button and talk about the next dialog window, and we will do that in the next movie.
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