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- Understanding color spaces
- Understanding the color workflow for photography vs. design and web
- Setting up a digital camera for the best image results
- Choosing a monitor
- Calibrating a display using ColorMunki or i1Pro 2
- Choosing color settings in Photoshop
- Understanding color workflow in raw processing applications
- Creating a custom printer profile
- Soft-proofing images for printing on your own printer and for sending to a lab
Skill Level Beginner
So we've gone through the entire course, but there are more steps that you can take. You've seen the basics. You've seen how putting a color workflow into place is going to save you time, it's going to save you frustration and money. You've also seen the problems that can occur if you decide to leave it all up to chance. Having a color workflow in place will make you more efficient and help you to get accurate results consistently. If you're printing for yourself, no more wasted paper and ink. If this is your profession, you'll have happy employers and happy clients.
We've reviewed a lot of tools that you can use for accurate color, including calibration equipment, the color charts for custom profiles, why a monitor is an important piece of your work flow, choosing a printer, and even choosing a paper for your final output. We've seen how to put it all to work. We discussed color in Photoshop, in Lightroom, in the rest of the Creative Suite, and in other applications. So now you see where all the color decisions are made. Then lastly, we've talked about delivering the final image. We've covered custom color profiles.
We've gone over creating accurate images on your printer, getting accurate images if you're going to to send out to a lab. And getting accurate images if you're producing something just to be viewed on the web. But this is just the beginning. You've learned the tools and techniques to begin putting your color workflow into place. You may have been following some of the steps and now you have the complete picture. Spend some time becoming more proficient with your equipment, your cameras, your software, your printers. Learn their capabilities and even their quirks.
Don't let your gear get in the way of you creating an excellent image. Experiment and observe, try new adjustments and software, see what your camera can do. Try some new printer papers, and most of all, never stop learning. Explore the many wonderful courses on lynda.com, search the web, attend seminars and workshops. You have the opportunity to create something really beautiful and few things are more satisfying. Let's take a look a couple of resources that are available to you. If you're interested more in learning about the gear, X-Rite Photo is a great place to go.
There are tutorials, videos and detailed step-by-step techniques on how to put them all to use. If you're interested in learning more about paper and profiles, and how to put them to use, visit ilford.com. On lynda.com, as I mentioned, there is a wealth of information on everything that we've talked about and much more. For example, here we see a whole series of courses on retouching, printing photos, including one specifically on Inkjet Printing for Photographers, and dealing with Camera Raw in all the softwares we've talked about.
I hope you've enjoyed the course and I hope to see you online soon.