Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding paper traits, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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Whether you like matte or glossy with a smooth or really textury finish, there are certain…things you'll need to look for when you're evaluating a specific type of paper.…By now, you can probably guess that the first thing I am going to say is look at the blacks in the print.…Are they dark enough?…If they are, how does the overall contrast range look?…Do you see a lot of fine mid-tones where you need them?…Skies, reflections, shiny, curved surfaces, these are all places where you need lots of…good intermediate tones of various kinds. Next, how does the color look?…Is it saturated enough for you if that's what you like?…Are some colors more saturated than others?…For example, maybe the blues look good, but the reds are muted somehow.…
Believe it or not, different papers have different abilities to show detail and sharpness.…If a paper absorbs a lot of ink causing the ink to spread and diffuse, then you may not…see as much sharpness and detail as with a paper that holds the ink on its surface where it doesn't diffuse.…
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