Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating a monitor profile, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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So the Spyder is done. It's taken all of its measurements.…It's created an ICC profile, and it went ahead saved it for me, it's actually showing me where it saved it.…It's saving it in the ColorSync folder which is where ICC profiles go on the Mac.…On Windows they have a particular location that they go into, but again the software…is going to take care of that for you.…Another thing that it did earlier was ask me how often would I like to be reminded about…re-profiling, and it suggested an interval of two weeks.…You may think, wow, profiling every two weeks. Really your monitor can change that quickly.…
If you're going to be critical about color, it's not a bad idea to go through this profiling…process very regularly and most profiling software can be set up to give you a reminder…that it's time to do it again.…So what we've got here is a chance to see kind of a before and after thing.…This is what it looks like using the new profile, that's what it looked like before.…So it's mighty subtle but what I'm seeing here is an overall change in contrast.…
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