Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding what localized adjustments are used for, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
While your image editor probably has many tools for making complex corrections and adjustments,…it's very rare that an image can be corrected by a single global adjustment. …If you've ever printed in a darkroom, you know that very often the only way to get a …good print is to carefully dodge and burn specific areas of the print while it's exposing in the enlarger. …Dodging and burning is simply the process of obscuring one part of the image or another …to give that specific part a longer or shorter exposure.…
Now, the practical upshot is that those areas get lighter or darker. …You have to do this because there isn't always a single development exposure that's perfect …for everything in the image. The exact same thing is true when we're printing digitally. …As you saw in the last chapter, to get a good range of tones, nice contrast, and a silvery …look, we need to be sure that we have some true black, some true white, and a particular …spread of gray tones in between. …The problem is that when we apply an adjustment to achieve this in one part of the image, …
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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