Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
If you're using a Macintosh, you have another option for creating a triptych and that is …use Apple's Automator. …Automator is built into the Mac OS. It's a program that lets you create workflows that …can control other applications. …By default, Automator does not let you control Photoshop, but if you go to my website, robotphotoshop.com, …you can get a collection of Automator actions that let you drive Photoshop from Automator.…
I offer two packages. One is free and the other is $20 and includes a lot of extra functionality. …Now, you may think, why would I bother with using Automator to control Photoshop, when …Photoshop has its own built-in actions? …Well, Automator gets you some things that you can't do in Photoshop. …First of all, I can control multiple applications from within a single workflow. …So, for example, I could build a workflow that processes images in Photoshop and then …takes the results and copies them to another server or drops them into InDesign or uploads …them to an FTP site, so you can build very complex automations that span multiple applications.…
After a discussion of how to choose a printer, the course covers the process of preparing both black and white and color images using Adobe Photoshop. Ben describes how to take images from looking good onscreen to being properly adjusted for best results on paper, covering details such as sizing, sharpening, and color management.
With photographer and master framer Konrad Eek, Ben explores the creative decisions that photographers should address before printing. What size print? How does print size relate to the message of the photo and to the space where the photo will be displayed? What kinds of paper choices do you have, and how does your photo's content relate to the paper you choose?
The course also describes how to properly evaluate a print and how to handle common challenges that crop up during the printing process.
- Why print with inkjet?
- Types of inkjet printers: dyes versus pigments
- Making image adjustments specifically for printing
- Printing black-and-white photos
- Resizing an image
- Choosing paper
- Working with sharpening and noise reduction
- Color management
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding and Choosing a Printer
2. Adjusting Images for Printing
3. Resizing Images and the Aesthetics of Print Size
4. Sharpening, Noise, and the Print Dialog
5. Making a Color Print
6. Color Management
7. Choosing a Paper
8. Printing: From Start to Finish
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