Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding what you need for this course, part of Inkjet Printing for Photographers.
Printing in the digital age is of course much easier than it was in the film era. …You don't need running water and a light-proof room and not just chemicals and stopwatches …or any of that stuff. …You do need a printer, obviously, and these days if you want good-quality photo printing, …that means an inkjet printer. …Now, not all inkjet printers are ideal for printing photos, and we'll discuss how to choose one later. …You're going to need some good paper as well. …Ultimately, paper choice is a critical part of ensuring good image quality. …We're going to look into paper choice in great detail later, but for now, you need …to get some paper to get started with.…
Of course, you can print on plain old 20-pound office copier paper, but you're not going …to get very good results because of the way that that type of paper interacts with ink. …So go get yourself some decent low-cost matte paper; that's what we will be printing with in this course. …I'll be printing on an Epson printer using Epson's ultra-premium presentation matte 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
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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