Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring how color works, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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In movie 2.2 of my Foundations of Photography: Black and White course we looked at how red,…green, and blue--the three primary colors of light--mix together to create all other colors.…If you haven't seen that movie, you should take a look at it now and then come back here. Ink is different.…Inks are made from dyes or pigments, and they have different primary colors than light does.…In ink, the primary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. Unlike light, these primaries are subtractive.…As you mix them together, they get darker.…
In reality, we can't create pigments or dyes that are perfectly pure because they're made…up of physical elements and compounds.…It's impossible for us to create pigments and dyes that don't have other colors and properties mixed in.…So, in the real world, if you mix a bunch of cyan, magenta and yellow ink together, you…don't actually get black, you just get a dark brown mush.…To get true black, a printer uses a dedicated black ink.…This black also lets it create darker hues of other colors.…
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