Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

with Chris Orwig
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques
Video duration: 0s 5h 10m Intermediate


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


(upbeat music) Hey, welcome. My name is Chris Orwig. I'm gonna be your host and guide on this training adventure, and what we're gonna do, is in this training title, we're gonna talk about printing, and a lot of times when you begin to talk about printing you realize that you've been out in the field, or you've been in the studio, and you've been shooting, and now it's time to head into your studio, and to create that final print, so let's go ahead and head into my office, and we'll talk a little bit more about printing. Come on in. Now, one of the things that we want to think about in regards to printing, is that when you're creating the final print, really what your interested in doing is completing that entire photographic process, from capture on your camera all the way to output on your printer.

So, what's printing all about? Is it just about using your printer? Well no, not at all. What we're gonna do in this training title, for starters, we're gonna get into color management, and color management is all about clarifying the communication between the color you're seeing on your monitor, and the color you're getting out of that final print, right? And so, we need to figure out how we can clarify the communication between those two devices. We'll also talk about color correcting our photographs. How can we get good neutral color correct images? How can we also color correct the skin? The skin's really tricky, especially with digital capture, right? We'll also talk about the topic of sharpening, because when you think about sharpening, really, you're sharpening for output, because if I'm gonna print, say an image on a velvet piece of paper, well there's gonna be a different amount of sharpening compared to a print on a premium glossy sheet of paper.

So, we're gonna talk about how can we sharpen this image with that final print in mind. We'll also talk about some different ways that we'll print our material, let's say promo cards, or creating different print layouts. We're gonna get into some other topics as well, like what type of papers we can use, or printers we can use. We'll discuss the topic of soft proofing, and what soft proofing is all about. Is it about ensuring that what you're seeing on your monitor is close to what you'll get out of your printer? We'll go through a overall desktop workflow from start to finish, so that you can see how you can create a really stunning, and compelling, and engaging print.

Now, most of this training title is gonna be about desktop printing, yet I decided to include a little bonus chapter near the end of this training title, and that one's all about going to press. So, let's say you're really good at desktop printing, and then you need to go to press, maybe your images will be in a magazine, or maybe you just want to go to press to create a promo card, well, we'll briefly talk about how you can do that. All right, well throughout this training title, my hope is that it will provide you with some information, it will provide you with the tactical know-how so that you'll know how to use Photoshop in order to create the most compelling and engaging final print.

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