Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Proofing at smaller sizes, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
Test prints are a perfectly normal part of the printing process, whether you're printing…black and white or color, whether you're running a fully color managed system like we'll see…in later chapters or not, whatever you're doing, you're going to need to do test prints on images where tone…and color are critical.…However, test prints don't mean that you have to use a lot of paper and ink, because you…don't have to do test prints at full size unless what you're hoping to test or proof…is detail and noise.…For tone and color there's no reason not to do smaller test prints, and there is a very…easy way to do that in Photoshop.…
I mentioned before that in the Print dialog you should not resize because that will mess up your sharpening.…However, for the sake of a smaller test print where we don't care about sharpness, because…we can assess it with smaller size anyway, then using the Print dialog box's resizing…features are actually pretty handy.…So I have got this image that I'm ultimately going to print out at 8x10, but I'd like…
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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