Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring advanced sharpening techniques, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Hopefully, by now you've come to see that sharpening is like a lot of image editing operations…in that it's a very subjective thing.…One person's sharp image might be another person's blurry image or another person's…really over-sharpened image.…So sharpening is really a matter of personal taste, and you'll come to understand what…sharpening settings you like as you do more printing.…But there are also other factors that weigh on your sharpening decisions,…one we've already seen, which is the problem of the exaggerating noise.…
The other has to do with more just an understanding of how sharpen should work in an image.…I have here a landscape image that I have finished editing.…I haven't done my printing edits yet, but I've sized it, and now I want to try some…sharpening passes, and I've got a few concerns in this image.…First of all, I have a lot of fine detail here in the foreground. I'm going to want that sharpened.…But then I have these big puffy clouds up here, and this was a fairly low light image,…
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