You are previewing Printing with Adobe Photoshop CS4.
O'Reilly logo
Printing with Adobe Photoshop CS4

Book Description

Photoshop users:

Ever feel like your printer is letting you down?
Sick of seeing the bright, saturated tones of photos on your monitor turn into washed-out, drab prints?
Frustrated by the lack of resources on this essential process?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you really need "The Complete Guide to Digital Printing" by Tim Daly.

This essential resource is the only guide you'll ever need to printing with Photoshop. Acclaimed author and photographer Tim Daly brings a wealth of experience to this under-resourced topic, covering every aspect of the printing process using Photoshop. Not content with simply covering the software, Tim approaches the entire workflow. This means that right from the moment of capture, your photos are optimised for the highest print quality from Photoshop. Topics covered include image capture and management, file processing, creative emphasis, proofing, Photoshop print functions, color management (both input and output), printer hardware and software, and, of course, the actual printing.

Buy this book, and see an immediate difference to the quality of your prints. Authoritative, practical and comprehensive, this is a must-have for every photographer using Photoshop.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Printing in CS4: An Introduction
  6. Chapter 1 Shooting Essentials
    1. Hardware
      1. Hardware Essentials
      2. Sensor Resolution and Print Size
    2. Camera Settings and Print Size
      1. Processing at the Point of Capture
      2. Storage
      3. Image Size Setting
      4. Pixels or Photosites?
    3. File Formats
      1. File Formats: What Are They?
      2. RAW File Formats
      3. What’s the Difference between Raw and Other Formats?
      4. Unprocessed Files
      5. Sharpness Close-Up
    4. RAW versus JPEG
      1. The Latent Image Analogy
      2. Editing RAW
      3. Repurpose Your Files
      4. After Levels and Saturation Adjustments
      5. Shadow Area Close-Up
    5. Exposure Essentials
      1. How Light Meters Work
      2. Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
      3. In Camera Histogram
      4. Where to Take Your Readings From
      5. Metering Systems
      6. How to Recognize Underexposure
      7. Underexposure and How It Is Caused
      8. How to Recognize Overexposure
      9. Overexposure and How It Is Caused
      10. Bracketing
      11. Exposure Compensation and Photoshop’s Exposure Dialog
      12. Exposure in Camera Raw
    6. Lenses and Print Quality
      1. The Prime Lens
      2. The Zoom Lens
      3. The Wide-Angle Lens
      4. The Telephoto Lens
      5. Lens Care
    7. Hardware FAQ
      1. What Are Pixels?
      2. How Are They Colored?
      3. How Big Is a Digital Image?
      4. What’s a High-Resolution Image?
      5. What’s a Low-Resolution Image?
      6. What Are Megapixels?
      7. How Is an Image Recreated in Computer Code?
  7. Chapter 2 Practical Color Management
    1. Color Space Essentials
      1. Display RGB and Printing CMYK
      2. What Is a Color Space?
      3. Practical Issues
    2. Camera Color Space
      1. Best Option: Shoot RAW Files
      2. Option 2: Shoot Adobe RGB (1998)
    3. Camera White Balance
      1. What Is White Balance?
      2. Customizing Your White Balance
    4. CS4 Color Settings
      1. Color Modes
      2. Setting Up Photoshop’s Color Settings
      3. Color Management Engines and Policies
      4. Profile Mismatch Reminder
      5. Tagging Your Documents
      6. Desaturate Monitor
    5. Monitors and Color
      1. Positioning Your Monitor
      2. Laptop Screens
      3. Monitor Hoods and Shades
    6. Monitor Calibration
      1. Setting Up Your Monitor
      2. Using a Monitor Profiler
      3. Should I Spend the Money?
    7. Color Management FAQs
  8. Chapter 3 File Processing Essentials
    1. RAW File Processing
      1. What You Need to Know
      2. Nondestructive Essentials
      3. Moving Between Photoshop and Camera Raw
    2. Nondestructive Principles
      1. Nondestructive Tools in CS4
      2. Noise and Nondestructive Editing
      3. Adjustment Layers
    3. Smart Objects and Filters
      1. What You Need to Know
      2. Smart Objects and Smart Filters
      3. Smart Filter Sharpening
      4. Smart Object Cropping: The No-Risk Haircut
    4. Nondestructive Plug-In
    5. Color Essentials
      1. Casts Created on Location
      2. Casts Created by Artificial Lighting
      3. Casts Created During Printing
      4. Correcting White Balance Errors
    6. CS4 Color Control Tools
      1. Using Variations
      2. Smart Variations
      3. Where to Spot Color Casts
      4. Using Color Balance Controls
      5. Quick Color Correction
  9. Chapter 4 Elective Contrast
    1. Contrast Essentials
      1. What Is Contrast?
      2. Understanding Levels
      3. White, Black, and Gray Points
    2. Fixing Low Contrast
      1. Identifying the Problem
      2. Fixing the Problem
    3. Creating Low Contrast
      1. Choosing the Low-Contrast Style
      2. Creating a Low-Contrast Image
    4. Fixing High Contrast
      1. Identifying the Problem
      2. Fixing the Problem
    5. Creating High Contrast
      1. Choosing the High-Contrast Style
    6. Correcting Exposure Errors
      1. Making Dark Images Lighter
      2. Avoid Posterization
      3. Making Darker
      4. Advanced Controls
    7. Correcting Flat JPEGs
      1. Starting Point
      2. Preparing the Curve
      3. Manipulating the Curve
      4. The Final Result
    8. Creating Split Grade
  10. Chapter 5 Creative Emphasis
    1. Localized Emphasis
      1. What Emphasis Means
    2. High Dynamic Range
      1. What Is High Dynamic Range?
      2. Shooting for HDR
      3. Making Your Own Brackets
  11. Chapter 6 Working in Monochrome
    1. Mono Essentials
    2. Mono Conversion
      1. Film and Tonal Reproduction
    3. Conversion Principles
      1. Noise Avoidance
    4. Conversion in CS4
      1. Using Silver Efex Pro Plug-In
    5. Making Digital Lith Prints
  12. Chapter 7 Preparing for Printout
    1. Printer Software Basics
      1. Preparing for Desktop Print
      2. Printer Driver Versions
    2. Image Resolution Essentials
      1. Digital Camera Resolution
      2. Scanner Resolution
      3. Printer Resolution
      4. Preparing for Inkjet Print
      5. Preparing for C-Type Output
      6. Avoiding Resample Image
    3. Aspect Ratio and Paper Shape
      1. Paper Size and Sensor Shape
      2. Aspect Ratio
      3. HDTV and Sensor Shape
      4. Paper Shape Considerations
      5. International Paper Sizes
      6. Oversize Shapes
    4. Print Dialog Basics
      1. Changing Paper Size
      2. Changing Paper Orientation
      3. Drag and Drop Placement
      4. Scaling Your Print Size
      5. Downside of Scaling in the Print Dialog
    5. Canvas Size Adjustments
      1. Using Canvas Size
      2. Canvas with the Crop Tool
      3. Marking the Edges of Your New Canvas on Oversize Paper
      4. Basic Multi-Image Layouts
    6. Test Printing
      1. How to Make Test Strips with Your Inkjet Printer
    7. Sharpening
      1. How Sharpening Works
      2. The Unsharp Mask filter
      3. Permanent Sharpening Flexibility
  13. Chapter 8 Printing with Profiles
    1. Profile Essentials
      1. Why Use Profiles?
      2. Using Third-Party Products
      3. What Profiles Do
      4. What Profiles Look Like
      5. How Profiles Are Made
      6. Profile Naming Protocol
    2. Installing Profiles
      1. Where to Get Them
      2. What Printers Are Supported
      3. How to Get Hold of Profiles
      4. How to Load the Profiles into Your System
      5. Checking if They Have Loaded Correctly
      6. Managing Your Profiles
    3. Printing with Profiles
    4. Saving Printer Settings
      1. Why Save Printer Settings?
    5. Making Your Own Profiles
      1. When to Make Your Own Profiles
      2. What You Need
      3. Printing the Test Chart
      4. Keep a Note of Your Test Settings
      5. Commissioning Bespoke Profiles
      6. Colormunki Test Charts
      7. How the Profiler Works
    6. Using Profiles for a Remote Printing Service
      1. When to Use Them
      2. C-Type Paper Profiles
      3. The PrintSpace
      4. Internet Photolab versus Professional C-Type Output
      5. Preparation Tips
      6. Packaging an Image for Remote Printing
  14. Chapter 9 Evaluating Prints
    1. What Makes a Good Print?
      1. Testing Paper
    2. Viewing Conditions
      1. Ideal Illumination Conditions
      2. Viewing Booths
      3. Room Lighting
      4. Budget Fluorescent Tubes
    3. Correcting Color
      1. Solving Cyan Casts
      2. Solving Blue Casts
      3. Solving Green Casts
      4. Solving Yellow Casts
      5. Solving Red Casts
      6. Solving Magenta Casts
    4. Correcting Light Prints
      1. Checklist Before Changing
      2. Fixing Light Prints
      3. Saturation and Brightness
    5. Correcting Dark Prints
      1. Fixing Dark Prints
      2. Checklist Before Changing
      3. Casts Caused by the Wrong Profile
    6. Protecting Your Prints
    7. Lyson Print Guard
    8. Life Span
    9. Display Considerations
  15. Chapter 10 Creative Print Styles
    1. Toning
      1. Starting Points
      2. Using CS4’s Variations Dialog Box
    2. Toning
      1. Using the Color Balance Control
      2. Using Hue and Saturation
    3. Using Duotones
      1. Duotones
      2. Making a Simple Blue Duotone
      3. Using the Duotone Curves Dialog Box
      4. Fine Tuning
      5. Using the Duotone Presets
      6. Saving Duotone Recipes
      7. Making a Cyanotype
    4. Vintage Print Effects
      1. Making a Carbon Tissue Print
      2. Texture and Aging
      3. Making the Tissue
      4. Finishing Touches
      5. Soft Edges
      6. Tweaking the Image
      7. Low-Contrast Alternative
  16. Chapter 11 Creative Print Edges
    1. Polaroid Peel-Apart
    2. Liquid Emulsion Edges
      1. Final Prints
      2. Scanned Paper Backgrounds
      3. Make Your Own Edges
    3. Negative Carrier Edge
      1. Erased Edge
      2. Think Outside the Box
    4. PhotoFrame Pro Plug-In
      1. Final Result
    5. Mountboard Edges
      1. Sampling Color
      2. Expert Tip
  17. Chapter 12 Photoshop CS4 and Bridge CS4 Print Functions
    1. Printing from Bridge CS4
      1. CS4 Redesign
      2. Using Bridge CS4
      3. Watermarking
      4. Using Bridge for Contact Prints or Proof Sheets
      5. Using Bridge for Making PDF Proofs of Single Images
    2. Contact Print II
      1. Contact Print Sizes
    3. Picture Package
      1. Creating Your Own Layouts
    4. Print Actions
      1. Using Actions in CS4
      2. The RingAround Action
      3. Loading the Action into CS4
      4. Using the RingAround Action
    5. Canon Print Plug-In
      1. Test Pattern Printing
      2. Cropping and Composition Feature
      3. Test Results
  18. Chapter 13 Preview and Soft Proofing
    1. Soft-Proofing Essentials
      1. Proofing and Ink Type
      2. Setting Up the Soft-Proof Function
      3. Choose Your Profile
      4. Output Profile Location
      5. Choose Your Settings
      6. Viewing the Soft Proof
      7. Switching the Soft-Proof Option On and Off
      8. Match Print Colors Option in the Print Dialog
      9. Proofing in Working CMYK View
    2. Gamut
      1. Switching the Warning On
      2. Remember What You Are Proofing To
      3. View the Out-of-Range Colors
      4. Curing the Problem
      5. Choosing Safer Colors from the Picker
      6. Modifying Your Choice to Fit in Gamut
      7. Gamut Warning in the Print Dialog
  19. Chapter 14 Print Output Functions
    1. Image Placement
      1. Previewing in Bridge
      2. Arranging Print Placement in CS4
      3. Is Big Best?
      4. Framed Positions
    2. Background Color
      1. Using the Background Option
    3. Borders and Bleed
      1. Making a Border
      2. Using Bleed
    4. Printing Captions
    5. Save as PDF Options
      1. Making a Quick PDF on Mac OSX
      2. Preview’s Soft-Proof Function
      3. Annotating PDFs in Preview
      4. Making High-Quality PDFs
    6. Crop Marks and Film Output
      1. Crop Marks
      2. Emulsion Down
      3. Negative Option
  20. Chapter 15 Paper and Media Characteristics
    1. Paper Essentials
      1. Machine-Made Papers
      2. Recycled Papers
      3. Coatings
      4. Finishes
      5. Color
      6. Weight and Thickness
    2. Inkjet Paper Characteristics
      1. Image Sharpness
      2. Contrast
      3. Brightness
      4. Coatings and Color Balance
      5. Surfaces
    3. Professional Inkjet Paper
      1. Color Saturation
      2. Keeping Your Costs Down
      3. Contract Proofs
      4. Trying Different Papers
    4. C-Type Photographic Paper
      1. What C-Type Is
      2. Longevity
      3. Access to C-Type Service
    5. Baryta Paper
    6. Cotton Papers
      1. Handmade Papers
      2. Archival Properties
      3. Giclee Editions
      4. Soft-Proofing Cotton Papers
      5. Printable Cards
    7. Watercolor Papers
      1. Paper Types and Limitations
      2. File Preparation
      3. Brightness and Color
      4. Judging Results
    8. Alternative Papers
      1. Setting Up Your Printer
      2. Techniques
      3. Preparing Your Image Files
      4. Stationery
      5. Lithographic Papers
    9. Canvas
      1. Using Canvas Media
      2. Drying and Curing
      3. Guarantees
      4. Canvas Stretchers
  21. Chapter 16 Printer Types
    1. Printer Quality Essentials
      1. Print Quality Essentials
      2. Dynamic Dot Distribution
    2. Prosumer Printer
    3. Multipurpose Devices
      1. Summary
    4. Professional Desktop Printer
      1. The Professional Inkjet Printer
    5. Large Format Printers
      1. Proofer Style Inkjets
      2. High-Capacity Ink Cartridges
      3. Connectivity
      4. Large Format Devices
    6. High Dynamic Range Printer
      1. Profiles on the Fly
      2. Prices and Running Costs
    7. Direct Printers
  22. Chapter 17 Inks
    1. Ink Essentials
      1. Third-Party Inks
      2. Ink Colors and Image Quality
      3. Comparing 3D Color Models
    2. Dye-Based Inks
      1. Inks in Detail
      2. Running Costs
      3. Lightfast Dye-Based Inks
    3. Pigment Inks
      1. Pigment Ink Costs
    4. High Dynamic Range Inks
      1. Soft Proofing with Profiles for Ultrachrome HDR Inks
      2. Practical Implications for Photographers
      3. Evaluating Test Results
      4. Duotone, Tritone, and Quadtone Potential
    5. Dye-Sublimation
      1. Portable Dye-Subs
    6. Continuous Ink Systems
      1. Setting Up Your CIS
      2. Setting Up a Mono-Only Printer
    7. Zink
      1. How Zink Technology Works
      2. The PoGo Printer
      3. Connecting Up
      4. Installing the Paper Media
      5. Preparing Your Files
      6. PoGo Instant Digital Camera
      7. Print Characteristics
      8. Uses
  23. Chapter 18 Digital On-Demand Services
    1. How On-Demand Works
    2. On-Demand Workflow
      1. Design Delivery
      2. Preparing Your Images
      3. Image Resolution
      4. Resolution
    3. Soft Proofing for On-Demand
      1. Color-Managed Service Providers
    4. Photobook Software
      1. Using BookSmart
      2. How BookSmart Works
      3. The Cover Component
      4. Ordering, Proofing, and Exporting
      5. Assembling the Insides
      6. Desktop Preview
    5. Using Photoshop Layouts
      1. Reason 1: To Use Type Effects
      2. Reason 2: To Make a Montage
      3. Reason 3: To Use Creative Edges
  24. Glossary
  25. Index