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I do a large majority of my own printing from Photoshop, and here we're going to take a look at how we can use the new print dialog in order to create compelling photographic prints. We'll be working with this portrait here that I captured of Rodney Smith, and this was captured in one of my previous training courses on narrative photography, where we met up with Rodney. He's a really fascinating photographer, and he creates amazing prints. So I want to make this print good. In order to do that, let's navigate for Print dialog. Navigate to the File pulldown menu and then simply select Print.
This will open up the dialog. One of the first things that you'll notice is that you can expand this by clicking on this icon here. You want to expand this dialog so that it covers up the rest of Photoshop. Another thing that you'll notice is that things look a little bit differently. You notice there's a background here. We can change that background color around the print by Right-clicking or Ctrl-clicking. Here we can choose different colors, whether we want to go with something which is more Light, or perhaps something which is Darker like a Gray.
Let's take a look at how we can choose our printer and also dial in the appropriate settings to make a good print. In the right-hand side we want to choose the printer, in this case the Epson 3880. Then we need to go to the Print Settings dialog. Now this Print Settings dialog hasn't changed here, but I just want to highlight how we have to work through this. Choosing our Printing Settings, then we'd choose our Paper Type. I'll print to this Luster Paper Type. I want to make sure our Color mode or Color Management is off. We want Photoshop to do our management for us, and then after having chosen those options and also our Paper Size, we'll simply click Save.
The next step is to navigate to Color Management. Now here, it's really important that we choose an option for Photoshop to manage our color. We also need to specify a profile, which is appropriate for our printer and our paper Type. In this case, I'll use this profile for my printer and also the paper I'm going to be using. Next, we can define if we want to do Normal or Hard Proofing. Also we can choose a Rendering Intent. I'll leave all these settings as is. Then you'll notice that we can scroll down to the other options.
Or, rather than scrolling, you can also collapse this, so that you can view all these options. In this way, let's go to Position and Size. By default, this image is Centered. If we want to turn that off, click off the check box and you can move the image around. You'll notice that as you get to the edges, it will show you these areas of your photograph that can't be printed upon. The image will hide behind those. If ever you move your image around, and you want to re-center it, well, just click on the Recenter button or the Center button.
Here I'm going to center this image and then click this off and just slightly move this up. I like to have this a little bit higher on the page. All right. Well, after having defined those options, the next thing I want to do is open up Printing Marks. This would be helpful if you wanted to trim this print. Here you can see how I can turn on these Marks. I could then trim this off of this sheet of paper. In my case, I don't need any paper marks or printing marks, because I'm going to be printing a full sheet here, and I want this to sit on this entire page.
After that, we have the option for Functions. This gives us the ability to flip-flop the print. Here you can see it's now as if it were the emulsion down, or if we're trying to print a negative that we're going to use, say, with an enlarger, we could use this option as well in order to create a digital negative. All right. Well, for most people, these functions or options won't be that relevant. So we'll go ahead and close that option. Now the other thing that I want to highlight here is on the left-hand side. Once we define our printer and paper type, we can show that paper white.
This will show us how this image might appear with this particular type of paper. In essence, this is kind of like a soft proof. It's trying to simulate how this photograph might appear. We can also click on Match Print Colors, and again, it will show us a little bit more accurate view of how this image will ideally be printed. You can also turn on Gamut Warning. If you have any colors or tones which are out of gamut, it will highlight those for you. With this image I don't. So I'll go ahead and leave that off. After having dialed in all of these settings, all that we need to do is to simply click the Print button and that will send this image to our printer.
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