Graphics & Design: Preparing for Print.

For this final week of my Graphics and Design tutorials consisted of looking in to digital preparation for printing. Even though with this tutorial we did not actually have a chance to print anything, we were told that it is important to prepare your images in a program such a Photoshop as it will produce a printed photograph which is high in quality. For most prints, many photographers will choose carefully which model printer to use, in order to maintain the quality of the image that is on screen, and many printers will not keep the quality in the colours when the photograph is printed out; it often tends to lose the luster of the photographs colour and vibrancy. To avoid this, many photographers will work according to a Photobox calibration, which shows the shades of each printing palette. It is used often to adjust the monitor’s brightness and contrast until it matches how the image appears in print. I found that this tutorial gave me much insight in to how to print to a high quality depending on the medium that I would be printing for. Even though we did not actually get to try these out for ourselves and print off an image, I feel that this will aid me for future printouts towards my future projects.

 Photobox Calibration.

Examples of Preparing to print in Photoshop:

Firstly, it is advised that you change your colour setting from RGB to CMYK and this setting is better suited to printing. However this is done after we duplicate the layers.

If the printer you are using is a home printer, the final outcome tends to depict on which model printer you have. It is often advised that you choose paper that is best suited to your liking and that will also give the image the bast quality.

  Click on the icon next to the background layer which resembles an eye. After this, duplicate the layer and then convert it to CMYK. You will be asked if you want to merge these two layers, do not merge them(!)

 Then click on Image>Adjustments>Colour Balance. You will then come across a menu where you change the colour balance to rid any “dreary” looking parts in the shot.

 Then click on the shadows option, the sliders on this option will not need to be moved so much. Only move the top one towards the cyan option and the same towards to magenta and then move the bottom towards the blue to be rid of any yellow in the shot.

Finally, work on the highlights by moving the slider in small amounts towards the cyan and blue as can be seen in the screenshot.

 You can then adjust the overall levels for the image by going in to Image>Adjustments>Levels. This generally is just for you to correct anything else before printing.

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