Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharpening for print in Lightroom, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
- For me one of the strangest things…about printing in Lightroom…is the fact that you don't need…to concern yourself with sizing your image,…Lightroom takes care of that for you.…And honestly, it's a hard thing to get used to.…As you should know from earlier in this course,…sharpening and image size are interrelated.…You ideally want to sharpen an image…after its been resized to its target print size.…This helps ensure that the sharpening halos…that the software is creating…are the correct width for your final image size.…Since Lightroom hides a lot of sizing control from you…you just have to take it on faith…that it's sizing in an ideal way…and using the best sharpening settings for that size.…
If you're a real stickler for sharpness…you can do some test prints from Lightroom…to find out if the things that it's doing automatically…are up to your standards.…Before we get into Lightroom's controls though…let's talk about that stickler for sharpness thing.…A lot of stuff has happened in the four years…since we originally shot this course…
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 in Lightroom
9. Printing: From Start to Finish
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