Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

with Chris Orwig
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques
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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


Hey, welcome! My name is Chris Orwig. I'm going to be your host and guide on this training adventure. What we're going to do is in this training title we are going to talk about printing. A lot of times when you begin to talk about printing you realize that you have been out in the field, or you have been in the studio and you have 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 will 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 are creating the final print really what you are 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 are going to do in this training title is for starters we're going to get into color management.

And color management is all about clarifying the communication between the color you are seeing on your monitor and the color you are getting out of that final print, right? So we need to figure out how we can clarify the communication between those two devices. We will also talk about color correcting our photographs. How can we get good neutral color correct images. How can we also color correct the skin, because skin is really tricky, especially with digital capture, right? We will also talk about the topic of sharpening, because when you think about sharpening, really you are sharpening for output. Because if I'm going to print say an image on a velvet piece of paper, well, there is going to be a different amount of sharpening compared to if I print on a premium glossy sheet of paper. So we are going to talk about how can we sharpen this image with that final print in mind. We will also talk about some different ways that we will print our material; let's say promo cards or creating different print layouts. We are going to 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. What soft proofing is all about is it's about ensuring that what you are seeing on your monitor is close to what you will get out of your printer. We will go through an 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 going to be about desktop printing, yet I decided to include a little bonus chapter near the end of this training title, and that one is all about going to press. So let's say you are 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 will 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 technical knowhow, so that you will know how to use Photoshop in order to create the most compelling and engaging final print.

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