Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Printing a black-and-white image, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Just to help tie it all together, I am going to take you through a complete process from…opening an image to getting a final print.…This is going to be a black and white printing process, and as you have already seen, that…involves some different steps than color printing.…But I am going to get this image adjusted. I am going to need to do the other things…in my workflow, sizing, checking the noise reduction, sharpening it, and then finally,…delivering it to the printer. So I have this shot here that I took of an old piano.…I want this to be a black and white image and the main reason being the little bits…of color that are in here, I don't think they really add anything, I think they are actually distracting.…
And this image is so much about these hard lines and about the tonality that I think…is just going to work better as black and white.…So I have already set up a black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop that's doing…my black and white conversion.…There wasn't a lot of toning to do in the black and white layer.…
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