Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding soft proofing, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
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I have got my monitor profile installed, I have got my printer profiles installed, I…have got lot of them because I just downloaded every Epson printer profile that I could find,…but my screen doesn't really look any different. As I mentioned before, simply installing a…monitor profile and a printer profile doesn't mean that suddenly Photoshop will be showing…you what things are going to look like on paper.…You have to go through an explicit soft proofing step. In other words, I'm generating an electronic…proof of what the whole system thinks my final image is going to look like.…
So you saw this image before.…And what I need to do now is tell Photoshop that I want to see what this is going to look…like when printed on a very particular piece of paper in a very particular way.…To do that, I go up here to the View menu. And you'll see a few different things.…Everything in this upper section up here is related to color management, color matching, and soft proofing.…I want to go to Proof Setup, which is where I will configure exactly what type of paper…
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