Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Profiling a monitor, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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For color management to work, you need quality profiles for your monitor and your printer.…Now your monitor might have come with a stock profile of some kind, for example, an Apple…iMac comes with a built-in profile, but honestly, these are never going to work very well.…If you're serious about getting a good match between your monitor and your prints then you…have to invest in profiling hardware.…A monitor profiler is a small gizmo that you can lay on the front of your monitor, it will…analyze the colors that come out of your monitor and create, and usually install, an ICC profile for you.…
There are a lot of profiling options out there and different ones provide different levels…of accuracy and quality.…I have here a Datacolor Spyder4 Elite, which I like a lot, other options include the X-Rite…ColorMunki, which we'll look at in the next movie.…I am not going to walk you through every detailed step of using this Spyder, because you might…have a different device, what's more, all of the currently shipping devices that I've…
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