Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a gradient adjustment, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
Ben: Okay, so Jessie, you've made your initial edits and they're looking good, but in thinking …about this as a printed image, right away my first concern is that the foreground is too dark. …What we've got here is a bright sky and a silhouetted mid-ground and a dark foreground. …Your camera exposed for the sky, which left the foreground too dark. …Now this morning you were telling me that you went out early this morning and the water …Ben: was really metallic-looking. Jess: Yeah. …Ben: Is it--compared to what you saw then, how does this look now. Is that about--…Jess: It looks a little bit more dull.…
Ben: Okay, so we need to bring that out. …This is tricky because your camera is good enough that we could really brighten this …whole thing up, but it's not going to really. Your eye wasn't seeing a tremendous amount of brightness. …So I think the goal is to get back to that metallic look that you were having. …So here in Camera Raw we can see that we've got an overexposure over here. …That's going to be this bit, and we can always turn on Highlight Clipping so everything red …
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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