Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at paper finish, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
If you've ever dropped prints off of the photo lab, then you're already familiar with the…idea of different paper finishes, though you've probably only ever had to choose between two, matte and glossy.…You still have those same options when you're choosing an inkjet paper, but you've got a…lot of variations, and you have some additional finish choices besides just matte and glossy.…Glossy papers, of course, have a shiny surface that creates super saturated colors, while…matte papers have a non-reflective surface that tends to yield colors that appear less…saturated and perhaps blacks that appear less black.…
You also might find variations in gloss.…For example, a semi-gloss or a luster paper will have a little bit of shine to it, but…not that full-on glare that you get from a full-on gloss paper.…Now, a lot of people are drawn to glossy papers because they produce such deep blacks and supersaturated colors.…However, I often find that the blacks on glossy paper actually looks less black than a quality…
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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