Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Defining native printer resolution, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
All inkjet printers have a native resolution. …Now, this is different from 1440 or 2880 printer dot resolution numbers that you might have seen. …Remember, there is not a one-to-one correspondence between printer dots and the pixels in your image. …Instead, you have to group a certain number of printer dots together to get a single screen pixel. …By the time you've grouped printer dots of a certain size into screen-pixel equivalents, …you'll have a certain number of those screen-pixel-equivalent groups across a given distance.…
This is the printer's native image resolution or just native resolution. …Anytime you send a print to the printer and that print is not set to the printer's native …resolution, then the printer driver will resample it to the printer's native resolution. …For example, if you have your image set to 200 pixels per inch at 8 x 10 and the printer's …native resolution is 300, then the printer driver will resample. …It will interpolate and upscale that image to 8 x 10 at 300 pixels per inch. …
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 in Lightroom
9. Printing: From Start to Finish
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