Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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By now you should be comfortable with the idea that resolution affects print size. …For example, as resolution goes up, print size goes down, because you're packing pixels closer together. …You should also understand that as you interpolate an image upward, you run the risk of softening …image or introducing other little artifacts that result from the upsampling process. …The good news is that there's another factor that affects your perception of the quality …of a print, and that's viewing distance. …As you stand farther away from a print, you don't notice a certain level of detail loss or artifacting.…
In general, you can assume that as print size goes up, viewing distance also increases. …So if I make a 24 x 36 inch print, I'm probably not going to view it at arm's length. …I am going to stand far away from it, at least several feet. …From that distance, my eye will be very forgiving of detail loss. …In fact, the only people who are going to walk up to a large print, stand a few inches away …
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