Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a localized adjustment in a practical example, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Ben: All right, Amber. We have got the Levels adjustment in place that's adding some …extra punch and some whiteness to the image. …In the process of it brightening these things up, it's blown out the fingers here. It looks …to me like this has maybe lost something, and the fingertips here gone. …Ben: So what we're going to do is use the layer mask that's built into the adjustment …layer to try to constrain the effects of this brightening. …So right now the mask is completely empty. Wherever there's white, that shows that it's …like an open stencil, but the Levels effect is going through to the image.…
Ben: So we would like to block off the mask in the places where we don't want it brightened. …We could do it at the other way; we could fill the mask with black and paint into the …mask probably where the areas that we do want brighter, but that would be more painting and--…Amber: Yes. Ben: Personally, I'm lazy. …Amber: A lot more time. …Ben: Okay, so grab a paintbrush. …Amber: Okay, right. …
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