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Printing to Perfection by Michael Smyth
Many photographers believe that producing a beautiful print is the final step in the image making process. Yet many people have difficulty in translating the image from the computer screen to an image on paper. Here we explain how to avoid the pitfalls and produce consistently good prints.
Before you can contemplate printing it is essential you have in place the following systems and procedures:
1. A properly colour calibrated and profiled monitor. No, you can’t do this by eye and guesswork, you need a comprehensive solution including a colorimeter and software (such as Colorvision’s Spyder, Spyder Pro or similar products). Calibrate your monitor regularly for consistent colour reproduction. If what you are looking at on screen is not accurate, then you will have no chance of printing accuracy, you will only waste a lot of time and money trying to work around colour casts that might be your image, or might be your monitor, printer or both.
2. Colour management settings correctly applied in Photoshop and images tagged with the appropriate colour space. See our separate tutorial called “A Colour Managed Workflow” for information on how to set up your software correctly. Read More...