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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Inkjet Printing for Photographers

Lynda – Inkjet Printing for Photographers
In this course, photographer and author Ben Long explores the art and the craft of creating beautiful, archival-quality inkjet prints. The course looks at the anatomy of a print job: how a printer works, how to adjust and prepare your image to get the best results, and what happens to your photo in its journey from pixels to 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.

Topics include:

  • 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

Table of content

  • Introduction
    • Welcome
    • Exploring why we print
    • Understanding what you need for this course
  • Understanding and Choosing a Printer
    • Why inkjet printing?
    • Understanding ink types: Dye vs. pigment
    • Discussing considerations for black and white
    • Reviewing the features
  • Adjusting Images for Printing
    • Printing and your workflow
    • Printing black-and-white photos
    • Understanding the histogram
    • Understanding what localized adjustments are used for
    • Explaining the histogram with a practical example
    • Making a localized adjustment in a practical example
    • Evaluating a localized adjustment in a practical example
    • Refining a localized adjustment for effect
    • Making a gradient adjustment
    • Paying attention to viewing conditions
    • Summing up
  • Resizing Images and the Aesthetics of Print Size
    • Understanding pixels, printer dots, and resolution
    • Understanding resolution
    • Defining resampling and interpolation
    • Understanding where resizing fits into your workflow
    • Defining native printer resolution
    • Understanding the relationship between viewing distance and print size
    • Reducing image size in Photoshop
    • Cropping to a specific size and resolution using Canvas Size
    • Cropping to a specific size and resolution using the Crop tool
    • Enlarging an image in Photoshop
    • Creating a triptych
    • Creating a triptych using Automator on a Mac
    • Exploring the aesthetics of print size
  • Sharpening, Noise, and the Print Dialog
    • Understanding how sharpening works
    • Sharpening in JPEG mode
    • Exploring sharpening workflows
    • Sharpening in Camera Raw
    • Looking at noise reduction
    • Sharpening output with Smart Sharpen
    • Understanding selective sharpening
    • Sharpening through an edge mask
    • Reviewing high-pass sharpening
    • Applying aggressive sharpening
    • Exploring advanced sharpening techniques
    • Exploring the Print dialog
    • Proofing at smaller sizes
  • Making a Color Print
    • Exploring how color works
    • Reviewing color models
    • Defining gamut and color space
    • Reviewing when colors go out of gamut
    • Configuring Photoshop’s color settings
    • Changing color space in Camera Raw
    • Working in an advanced color space
    • Assigning a color space in Photoshop
    • Correcting a color image
    • Printing a color image
    • Evaluating the print
  • Color Management
    • What is color management?
    • Profiling a monitor
    • Evaluating a monitor profile
    • Exploring paper profiles
    • Understanding soft proofing
  • Choosing a Paper
    • Understanding how paper quality affects the appearance of black in prints
    • Looking at third-party papers
    • Looking at paper finish
    • Understanding paper traits
    • Discussing paper choice and presentation
  • Printing: From Start to Finish
    • Printing a black-and-white image
    • Printing a color image
  • Conclusion
    • Goodbye
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