Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
Ben: So the main difference between a photo printer like this and the office-type …printer that you've got at home is going to be the type of ink that's in it. …Ink comes in two broad categories. …There are pigment inks and there are dye inks. …Most printers that you find at the computer store or the office supply store are going …to be dye-based printers. …And they're going to be less expensive than pigment printers, but they are not going to …be necessarily always as good as a pigment-based photo printer. …Dyes have the advantage of a wider color gamut, meaning they can print a broader range of colors.…
They are also often better for printing on glossy paper. …Pigment-based printers have one really big advantage over most dye-based printers, which …is archivability. I don't know if you've ever printed a page on your printer at home and left it sitting …in the sun for a couple of days; you probably notice that it almost immediately fades. …They are really not light fast. …They will--they will fade in a matter of years pretty quickly. …
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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