Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Printing a color image, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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So I've got this color image that I want to print here.…It needs quite a bit of work to get it usable. This was a pretty high dynamic range situation.…The camera metered for the sky, which is great, I protected all these beautiful wispy colored…clouds here, but I lost the foreground in shadow.…So I have already gone and made a bunch of adjustments.…I first worked on the contrast to the clouds to see if I could really get them the way…that I wanted, because that's kind of what had attracted me to this in the first place.…And once I found out that I could get the sky looking nice, I went ahead and brightened the foreground.…
The problem is that it looks just a little flat, so I decided to then add an additional…brightening through a gradient mask to give it more depth.…So I have got brightening here that's ramping off as I head towards the horizon.…Finally, I decided to add a little bit more depth by painting in some shadows here in the mountains.…So I've got some darkening coming in here to try and add some more plains of depth of here.…
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