Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how sharpening works, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
Every image shot with a digital camera needs to be sharpened. This is because there is…a filter that sits directly in front of the camera's image sensor, and that filter cuts…out some infrared light to help improve color reproduction.…It also blurs your image a tiny little bit to reduce stair stepping, those little patterns…that can appear on diagonal lines in your image.…It's a necessary part of capturing a good digital image, and it means that sharpening…is a necessary step in postproduction.…Now if you are shooting JPEG, then your camera will perform some sharpening internally.…
And you can most likely adjust the level of sharpening from the camera's menus.…After you watch the next few videos, you may find you have a different aesthetic for sharpening,…and so you might want to fiddle with your JPEG sharpening settings.…If you're shooting RAW, then there is no sharpening applied by the camera.…This means that it is up to you to get your image properly sharpened before you print.…Fortunately, Photoshop has very good Sharpening tools built in.…
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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