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Hello! Thank you for your interest in the topics I spoke on at Alfa Art Gallery.

STEPS FOR PROPER COLOR MANAGEMENT

STEP 1: Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor

Many products are available for calibrating and/profiling-Here are some, with links to the company websites:
-ColorVision Spyder3 (monitors/projectors)
-ColorVision Spyder3Print (printers)
-ColorVision Spyder3Print SR (printers)
-X-Rite i1 Display 2 (monitors)
-X-Rite i1 PRO (monitors, printers, projectors)
-X-Rite ColorMunki (monitors, printers, projectors)

Step 2: Calibrate and Profile Your Printer

Test images are very helpful (Test images can be found here: L2.2) – The one that I made a print of and showed during the event can be found here. I generally use the Adobe RGB one, but the ColorMatch one can be used.

Step 3 (optional): Soft Proof (Can be done in Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, Elements and some Plug-ins)
Great softproof tutorials can be found here: L12.26 (Relative vs. Perceptual)

Step 4: Print!

Step-by-step printing tutorials are here for Mac and Windows (Elements and Photoshop are very similar): Look under L4.2 on this page

Suggestions for using custom profiles with Photo Labs: (sRGB is usually fine-Convert to Profile if you use Adobe RGB). Testing is important.

Many people ask about rendering intents. Here is a good overview of rendering intents: https://tinyurl.com/42hc7u

Step 5: Light it right!

Here is a link to a $55 clip-on lamp that can use the Solux bulb I showed.You will need to buy the Solux bulb separately (I recommend the 50 Watt 4700K/36 degree bulb for proofing-that is the same one I used in the workshop).

If you buy the fixture from Pegasus Lighting above, they sell the Solux bulbs as well:

https://www.pegasuslighting.com/solux-light-bulbs-50w.html

MORE ARTICLES

5 articles are linked here-I think the one on lighting is most important:
and here is a podcast interview all about monitor calibration-the products are not all current, but most of the info it:
and another one with some related info (more about printing)

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR ATTENDEES: PHOTOGRAPHY/PRINT CONSULTING

I would like to offer anyone who attended the event at Alfa Art Gallery a 30% discount on your first hour of phone consulting, or first three in-person consulting (regular price $450 plus travel fees) until the end of February, 2012]]We can cover any of the following:

-Camera tips and techniques, regardless of your camera (point and shoot or DSLR);
-Lighting tips and product suggestions/information;
-Getting the most from inkjet and other printers, including:
-Choosing the ideal media and inks;
-Determining proper lighting for optimum print viewing;
-Achieving archival output with stable inks and media;
-Making proper hardware or software RIP decisions;
-Optimizing Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for speed and compatibility with other software;
-Printer, scanner, camera and computer purchasing recommendations;
-Screen and device calibration, including custom profiling;
-Data management using Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4/CS5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, or Photoshop Elements

Here are some comments from my clients:
https://www.andrewdarlow.com/testimonials.html

Saturday, January 28, 2012: Inkjet Printing and Color Management with Photoshop at Calumet Photo, New York City:

I’m returning to Calumet Photo in NYC on Saturday, January 28, 2011 to teach a full-day workshop (10:00am-4:30pm) entitled: Inkjet Printing and Color Management using Photoshop. For a full description or to register for the workshop, visit this page.

Monday, February 20, 2012: Lab Printing with Lightroom: Color Management and Step-by-Step Workflow (3:30-5:30pm) at WPPI, Las Vegas, NV:

I’m excited to be speaking for the first time at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) 2012 conference in Las Vegas on Monday, February 20, 2012. Because it is a Master Class, just 50 spaces are available. For a full description or to register for the workshop, visit this page.

And most importantly, have fun taking pictures, drawing/paining, and making prints!

All the best,
Andrew

Please feel free to call me at 732-742-0123 or send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions about the consulting options.