Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at third-party papers, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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If you have ever refilled your printer with ink, then you've probably already figured out…that printer vendors make their money by selling you the printer at near cost and then charging…a premium for your consumables. In addition to ink, of course, there's also paper.…Your printer manufacturer probably sells many different kinds of paper.…And what's nice about these options is that your printer driver will have these different…paper types built in as choices when you print.…What's more, since the printer manufacturer knows the properties and qualities of both…the ink and paper, they can engineer them to work very well together.…
At the time of this shooting, both Epson and Canon offer robust collections of very high-quality papers.…Epson has got the larger selection, and I've always been very impressed with Epson papers…in terms of image quality price and its physical characteristics.…But as you may have discovered, there are also lots of third-party papers from a variety of vendors.…Crane, Red River, Arches, Moab, Ilford, Hahnemuhle, and others all produce a huge variety of papers…
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