Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining a localized adjustment for effect, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Ben: All right, Lucky! …You have got this really nice portrait that you have got in here, …and I know and you have already done a lot of stuff to it. …What have you done, roughly? …Lucky: Well, basically I made another layer on top of a layer, and I blurred out the background, …made a huge lens blur so it can kind of flush everything, all the harsh colors and all the …harsh blacks and the whites. …And I cloned out a car. …Ben: That's right. There was an entire car, that's there.…
Lucky: Yeah, that was a car there. …And I kind of lightened up those tones in her face over here, just to kind of even out …the color differences. …I brightened the highlights in her eyes, and I defined some of the shadows in her facial features. …Ben: Fantastic! …So as you took the image, it had pretty deep depth of field, and so you were feeling like …Ben: the background was competing with her. Lucky: Mhmm, yeah. …Ben: Okay, I think you decision to blur it was exactly right, and you have done a great …job, and your car removal is amazing.…
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