By Andrew Darlow, Author of 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques (link to reviews and book information on and Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat (link to reviews and book information on

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)

• A lot of updates and information directly from Adobe:
• A fantastic Facebook page for those who want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:
• Lightroom 2 Learning Center on
• Many free tutorials on
• Many great Lightroom and Photoshop CS3/CS4 video tutorials at (paid subscription, but many segments of their turorials can be viewed for free to get a sample of the content).
• Scott Kelby Blog
• Lightroom 3 Book and free CD
• 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.  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:

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 It is an update for PrintFIX Pro or Spyder3 Print.

Step 2: Calibrate and Profile Your Printer

Test images are very helpful (Test images can be found here: L2.2) – The one I showed during the workshop can be found here.

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):
Don’t double profile! Prints usually will look reddish.

Good overview of rendering intents:

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 “final” (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: ) – 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
Inexpensive Cutter: Making Memories Precision Paper Trimmer-
Extensive article about cutters.

For an article about file naming and renaming, see the links under w9.5 on the same page. My book, Pet Photography 101 also has some information about file naming on page 156.

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 4×6 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 “painting” 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.