By Andrew Darlow, Author of 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques (link to reviews and book information on Amazon.com) and Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat (link to reviews and book information on Amazon.com)
Thanks for coming to the talk on 5/25/2010. Below are some Lightroom links that I’ve found helpful (most require no registration or membership)
â€¢ A lot of updates and information directly from Adobe:
â€¢ A fantastic Facebook page for those who want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: https://www.facebook.com/lightroom
â€¢ Lightroom 2 Learning Center on photoshopuser.com
â€¢ Many free tutorials on PhotoshopCafe.com
â€¢ Many great Lightroom and Photoshop CS3/CS4 video tutorials at Lynda.com (paid subscription, but many segments of their turorials can be viewed for free to get a sample of the content).
â€¢ Scott Kelby Blog
â€¢ Lightroom 3 Book and free CD
â€¢ A Great Website Creator Plug-In
An excellent workflow guide using Lightroom:
If you submitted a sheet of paper with your e-mail address, you should receive a tip a week from my book, 301 Inkjet Tips, for the next 12 weeks, as well as a resolution chart to help you choose the right print resolution.Â You’ll also receive a newsletter with tips and photo-related announcements about once per month. If you did not receive an e-mail, you can sign up here: imagingbuffet.com/newsletter
Extra Information to Help with Calibrating and Profiling:
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)
-Pantone huey (monitors)
-Pantone huey PRO (monitors)
-X-Rite Passport Checker
Great article on Spyder3 Print (v.3.5 software) by Keith Cooper of Northlight-images.co.uk. It is an update for PrintFIX Pro or Spyder3 Print.
Step 2: Calibrate and Profile Your Printer
Printer must be calibrated before you make a profile (inks/printheads should be working properly).
Step 3 (optional): Soft Proof (Can be done in Photoshop CS3, CS4, 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. Use test charts to see quality (especially B&W):
Donâ€™t double profile! Prints usually will look reddish.
Good overview of rendering intents: https://tinyurl.com/42hc7u
Step 5: Save Settings and Take Notes
-Set up your file to print and Save Settings in Driver: Example: (Canon5100HanFineArtPearlBestProfileHSpeed)
-Take Notes when doing tests and when you have a final print, label it â€œfinalâ€ (paper, printer, profile name, rendering intent (perceptual/rel. colorimetric). You can find a downloadable test sheet here: Look under L2.3 on this page
-Control your light!
Your room light, light in which proofs are viewed, light in which your client views prints. See this PDN article for a lot of good links and info: https://tinyurl.com/2b3gfo ) – SoLux is a great light to check out-starts at about $50 for a clip-on light.
More info on lighting can be found here-see Part 1,2 and 3.
Great Spray (but it is toxic, so use a respirator): PremierArt Print Shield www.premierimagingproducts.com
Inexpensive Cutter: Making Memories Precision Paper Trimmer- www.makingmemories.com
Extensive article about cutters.
For an article about how to find missing profiles, visit this page;
For an article about prepping files for photo labs (and a link to a 4Ã—6 file for testing your lab), visit this page;
for the article I recently wrote about what pen and pencils to consider for signing art, visit this page;
and for an article that explains the â€œpaintingâ€ Photoshop technique that I used for many of the images, visit this page. You can use the technique for selective blur, selective lightening/darkening, or just about anything else you can think of.
And these links should help Canon inkjet users figure out how to turn off color management:
If you’d like personal training on any of the topics above, or digital photography in general, feel free to contact me at 732-742-0123, or through this page.