Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Summing up, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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The tonal adjustments we've covered in this chapter are critical to getting good prints. …Now, hopefully the before and after examples we've shown and the surrounding conversation …have helped you understand what good tone in a print looks like. …A big part of good printing is simply learning the aesthetics of what makes one print work …better than another. …90% of what I do to fix an image before printing is exactly what you've seen in this chapter. …I analyze different areas of the scene to determine if the tone in those areas is correct, …and then I use localized adjustments to fix those areas.…
Usually, I simply follow the light in the scene. …If one area is lit differently than another, then I edit each of those differently lit …bits, applying whatever corrections are necessary. …I use Levels Adjustment layers and layer masks for my edits, both because they give me histograms …specific to my masked area and because they're nondestructive. …If I adjust an image, make a test print, and then find that the adjustment isn't quite …
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