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Digital Print Styles Recipe Book: Getting professional results with Photoshop Elements and your inkjet printer

Book Description

There are very few books published on digital printing, but this is a topic that photographers of all levels have difficulty with. In this concise and accessible guide from digital printing expert Tim Daly, the reader is presented with a collection of easy-to-follow step-by-step spreads that outline a variety of inspiring printing styles including color, mono, chemical, print edge, vintage, expressive and more. While many digital printing books are technical manuals that emphasize process, The Digital Print Styles Recipe Book will show the reader, by using beautiful full color images, the end results of the printing styles discussed. Cutting through the jargon, these simple recipe-style tips will help photographers develop their own unique and creative printing styles . Providing a one-stop shop for digital photographers, from creating effects in Photoshop through to preparing files for output, this book is an indispensable guide for photographers of all levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Digital Print Styles Recipe Book
    1. Introduction
    2. 1. Hardware
        1. Computer workstation
          1. Windows PC workstation
          2. All-in-one computer
          3. Professional Apple workstation
          4. Upgrading and customizing
        2. Monitors
          1. Flat-panel monitors
          2. Monitor hoods and screens
          3. Touch-sensitive screens
          4. Laptop screens
        3. Monitor calibration
          1. Why calibration is essential
          2. The i1 Display 2
          3. Dual print and monitor profiler
          4. How the profiler works
        4. Digital cameras
          1. Advanced compact camera
          2. Pocket-sized compact camera
          3. Digital single lens reflex (DSLR)
          4. Advanced controls and settings
        5. Location essentials
          1. Combined viewer/data store
          2. Spare memory cards
          3. Waterproof camera bag
          4. Camera supports
        6. Printers
          1. Four-color inkjet
          2. Photo-quality inkjet
          3. Small-format direct printer
          4. Battery-operated portable printer
          5. All-in-ones
        7. Photo-quality printers
          1. Letter-sized pigment ink printer
          2. 17″ pigment ink pro printer
          3. 13″ pigment ink printer
        8. Storage peripherals
          1. Wireless backup
          2. High-capacity desktop hard drive
          3. USB keys or pen drives
          4. Ports and connecting cables
    3. 2. Print media
        1. Ink essentials
          1. Four-color inkset
          2. Primary color inkset
          3. Canon PIXMA Pro wide-gamut inksets
          4. Inkset with three shades of black
          5. Third-party special inks
          6. Fading caused by dye-based inks
        2. Paper essentials
          1. Select the correct media type
          2. Two kinds of black ink
          3. Sample packs
          4. Glossy papers
          5. Matte and coated cotton papers
          6. Cream-based papers
        3. Paper sizes
          1. ANSI and International paper sizes
          2. Edge-to-edge printing
          3. Inkjet paper cards and specials
          4. Roll paper
        4. Textured media
          1. Give your print the handmade look
        5. Printable discs and covers
          1. How to print on discs
          2. Precolored media
          3. Special printing tray
          4. Disc case prints
        6. Art paper
          1. Ink and absorbency
          2. Benefits
          3. Ink, absorbency, and paper
        7. Inkjet book kits
          1. Loose-leaf paper and binders
          2. Designing your album
        8. Printable fabrics
          1. Choosing your media
          2. Selling your canvas prints
    4. 3. Software Basics
        1. Photoshop Elements essentials
          1. The Desktop interface
          2. Using the Undo History feature
          3. Using Elements’ free content
          4. Using the autorun projects
        2. Using the Full workspace
          1. Using the Full workspace
          2. Organizing your work
          3. Adding extras to the Palette Bin
        3. Using the assisted workspaces
          1. The Quick workspace
          2. Viewing before and after
          3. The Guided workspace
          4. Using the Guided controls
        4. Nondestructive workflow
          1. Editing with adjustment layers
          2. How they work
          3. Shooting in the RAW file format
          4. Using the Camera Raw plug-in
          5. Getting the Camera Raw plug-in
        5. Image size and print size
          1. Think in pixel dimensions, not inches
          2. Set the size in your Shooting menu
          3. Image, document size, and print size
          4. Megapixels or pixel dimensions?
        6. Color management
          1. Setting up a consistent color palette
          2. Adobe RGB (1998) or sRGB palette?
          3. sRGB user settings
          4. Adobe RGB (1998) user settings
          5. Converting color profiles
          6. Embed the color profile when saving
    5. 4. Printing
        1. Print interface essentials
          1. Choose a printer in Page Setup
          2. Understanding the importance of Paper Size
          3. The Print window
          4. The Print preview
          5. Rotating the image
          6. Rotating the print paper
        2. PPI and photo-quality printing
          1. Check the pixels-per-inch setting
          2. How big is a pixel?
          3. Printing at 72 ppi (too low)
          4. Printing at 200 ppi (just right)
          5. Printing at 300 ppi (too high)
          6. Changing to 200 ppi
        3. Solving paper size problems
          1. Starting point
          2. Paper size is too small
          3. Paper size is too big
          4. Printing with a border
          5. Uneven borders
          6. Page Setup settings
        4. Scaling up and down
          1. Default position
          2. Scaling with the bounding box
          3. Drag-and-drop positioning
          4. Image too big for paper
          5. Using Scaled Print Size
          6. Image too small for paper
        5. Making test prints
          1. Printing a selection
          2. Judging the results
        6. How printer software works
          1. Choose Color Handling
          2. What the driver does
          3. Most mistakes are made here!
          4. Tell the driver the directions
          5. Color management controls
          6. Get the latest printer driver
        7. Saving printer settings
          1. Arriving at a good balance
          2. Saving your settings recipe
          3. Giving the preset a name
          4. Using the preset to make your next print
          5. Download free printer test images
        8. Understanding paper profiles
          1. When to use profiles
          2. Where to put them
          3. How profiles are made
          4. Make your own profiles
        9. Making a print with profiles
          1. 1. Choose the color handling
          2. 2. Pick the printer profile
          3. 3. Check the instructions
          4. 4. See the soft-proof
          5. 5. Set Media and quality
          6. 6. Turn off Color Management
        10. Sharpening your images
          1. How sharpening works
          2. The USM dialog
    6. 5. Color styles
        1. Color essentials
          1. Six players and three couples
          2. Color casts and the color wheel
          3. What is hue?
          4. What is saturation?
        2. Warming up
          1. 1. Solve cool lighting conditions
          2. 2. Apply a Warming filter
          3. 3. Warm up with a number 85
        3. Muted color
          1. 1. Use a flower study
          2. 2. Adjust the Hue/Saturation dialog
          3. 3. Edit the Master channel
        4. Color and mono combined
          1. 1. Prepare the layers
          2. 2. Color removed
          3. 3. Erase the color back in!
        5. Watercolor style
          1. 1. Choose the right image to start
          2. 2. Experiment with the settings
          3. 3. Push and pull the detail
        6. Vivid color
          1. 1. No strong colors
          2. 2. Adjust Color Curves
          3. 3. Start with a style
        7. Tungsten in daylight
          1. 1. Open your file in Camera Raw
          2. 2. Design a Custom White Balance
          3. 3. Fine-tuning
        8. Graduated filter
          1. 1. Starting point
          2. 2. Choose your foreground color
          3. 3. Set the blending mode
          4. 4. Set the opacity
          5. 5. Dragging the gradient
        9. Polarizing filter
          1. 1. Starting point
          2. 2. Adjust the contrast with Levels
          3. 3. Use Replace Color
          4. 4. Sample the color to change
          5. 5. Modify the selected color
          6. Finished print
    7. 6. Mono styles
        1. Conversion essentials
          1. 1. Poor conversions
          2. 2. Convert to Black and White controls
          3. 3. Lighten the greens
          4. 4. Darken the blues
        2. High contrast
          1. 1. Convert the original
          2. 2. Manipulate the curve
          3. 3. Add a simple tone
          4. Finished print
        3. Low contrast
          1. 1. Choose the right subject
          2. 2. Choose your preset style
          3. 3. Reduce the contrast range
        4. High key
          1. 1. Underexposed starting point
          2. 2. Remap the highlights
          3. 3. Convert with a style
          4. 4. Fine-tune the conversion
          5. 5. Lighten or darken?
          6. Finished print
        5. Low key
          1. 1. Understand your light meter
          2. 2. Bring back the atmosphere
          3. 3. Darken with Color Curves
        6. Split contrast
          1. 1. Starting point
          2. 2. Duplicate the Background layer
          3. 3. Invert the Duplicate layer
          4. 4. Lower the contrast
          5. 5. Merge the layers with a blend
          6. Finished print
        7. Gritty grain
          1. 1. Convert to Black and White
          2. 2. Duplicate the Background layer
          3. 3. Apply the Film Grain filter
          4. 4. Blend the filter and the background
          5. Finished print
    8. 7. Toning
        1. Toning essentials
          1. When to use toning
          2. Using the correct color mode
          3. All-over color wash
          4. Multiple tones
          5. Experiment with tone colors
        2. Sepia toning
          1. 1. Starting point
          2. 2. Colorize
          3. 3. Adjust the contrast
        3. Hand tinting
          1. 1. Choose the tool
          2. 2. Paint with the Color Swatches
          3. 3. Paint over your image
        4. Blue toning
          1. 1. Duplicate the Background layer
          2. 2. Apply the filter
          3. 3. Blend the layers together
        5. Selenium toning
          1. 1. Convert to Black and White
          2. 2. Color the highlights
          3. 3. Color the shadows
        6. Lith printing
          1. 1. Making it pink
          2. 2. Making the split contrast layers
          3. 3. Making the high-contrast layer
          4. 4. Making the low-contrast layer
          5. 5. Blending high and low together
        7. Albumen printing
          1. 1. Skin tone adjuster
          2. 2. Click into your image
          3. 3. Modify the color and tones
    9. 8. Edge styles
        1. Edge essentials
          1. Understanding Image Size
          2. The downside of enlarging
          3. Understanding Canvas Size
          4. Using the Anchor tool
        2. Borders
          1. Using the Print dialog
          2. Using Elements’ Stroke function
        3. Mountboard edges
          1. 1. Select a new background color
          2. 2. Define the inner border size
          3. 3. Define the outer border size
        4. Watercolor style
          1. How it works
          2. 1. Choose the frame
          3. 2. Fine-tuning
        5. Brushed edges
          1. 1. Scan your edge design
          2. 2. Open in Elements
          3. 3. Combine the two
        6. Polaroid Type 55
          1. 1. Choose a source file
          2. 2. Open in Elements
          3. 3. Paste in and resize to fit
        7. Film rebate edges
          1. Multiple-edge frames
          2. Cropping
          3. PhotoFrame layers
        8. Cutouts
          1. 1. Choose the Selection Brush tool
          2. 2. Paint in the mask
          3. 3. Cut out the background
    10. 9. Custom prints
        1. Shape essentials
          1. The truth about trimming
          2. Make life easier with crop marks
          3. White bordered print with crop marks
          4. Using a background color
        2. Making a contact print
          1. 1. Organize your shoot
          2. 2. Using Contact Sheet II
          3. 3. Defining the layout
        3. Using Picture Package
          1. 1. Choose your image file
          2. 2. Define the layout
          3. Edit the Layout option
        4. Printing captions
          1. 1. Dig deep into the File Info
          2. 2. Fill in the text fields
          3. 3. Link the caption to the print
        5. Making watermarked proof prints
          1. 1. Using the Label functions
          2. 2. Positioning the watermark
          3. 3. Reviewing the position
        6. Panoramic style
          1. 1. Starting point
          2. 2. Crop to the new shape
          3. 3. Print the panoramic file
        7. Greeting cards
          1. 1. Get your image into shape
          2. 2. Set the paper size
          3. 3. Drag the bounding box
    11. 10. Creative media
        1. Printing essentials
          1. Use correct media setting
          2. Texture showing through
          3. Colored highlights
          4. Lower sharpness
        2. Inkjet transfer
          1. 1. Flip your image
          2. 2. Prepare the Print dialog
          3. 3. Transfer to receiving paper
        3. Colored papers
          1. 1. Choose your media
          2. 2. Adjust image brightness
          3. 3. Judge the test print
        4. Canvas
          1. 1. Cut to size
          2. 2. Turn off Auto Cut
          3. 3. Cure the canvas
        5. Iron-on transfer media
          1. 1. Design your transfer
          2. 2. Print out in reverse
          3. 3. Choose correct media setting
          4. 4. Iron on the transfer
          5. 5. Peel off backing paper
        6. Uncoated papers
          1. 1. Steering the print driver
          2. 2. Judging the test print
          3. 3. Boosting color saturation
        7. InkAid coating
          1. 1. Prepare your own media
          2. 2. Experiment with printer settings
    12. 11. Finishing touches
        1. Border colors and mats
          1. Frame and mat colors
        2. Print placement
          1. Benefits of framing
          2. Fit to page or print with borders?
        3. Window matting
          1. Cutting tools
          2. Matting materials
          3. Making a hinged mat
          4. Museum-style matting
        4. Floating mount
          1. Preparing your print for framing
          2. Linen tape
          3. Making a concealed mounting
        5. Print storage
          1. Ideal storage conditions
          2. Print storage boxes
          3. One-piece archival print box
          4. Rigid print boxes
          5. Presentation function
    13. 12. Print services
        1. Photobooks
          1. Making your book
          2. Book ideas and formats
          3. Photobook service providers
        2. Calendars
          1. How it works
          2. Preparation tips
        3. C-type prints
          1. Digital C-type prints
          2. Large-scale professional output
        4. Business cards
          1. Digital photo products
          2. Getting into shape first
          3. Nonprinting guides
        5. Printing with Photoshop.com
          1. Photoshop.com benefits
          2. The toolbox
          3. Printing online
        6. Selling your photobooks online
          1. Working out the costs
          2. Setting the retail price
          3. Using a virtual shopfront
          4. Promoting and previewing your book
    14. Reference
        1. Suppliers
        2. Troubleshooting
    15. Glossary
    16. Credits
        1. Further information
        2. Pictures