Advance Printing - The First Week

After long delays, the advance printing module began on the 5th of March. Ed Dunne, from Inspirational Arts, is leading the module, and this is his second year in doing so. This class mainly consisted of an overview of what was going to be done and achieved over the course of the next 5 sessions, as well as an introduction to some important basics around color profiling and settings in Photoshop/Lightroom. All of this being extremely important in the process, as it helps us to set up correctly before printing.

One very helpful point was learning how much lighting affects the way we view a printed image, and that even something such as the lights in our printing environment can affect the way we view a print. Ed Dunne even got into the reasonings behind why this is; how our eyes work.

Something that was new to me was understanding the differences in the color profiles available. Ed took us through sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998) and ProPhoto. Using a special kind of software, he was able to visually show us the difference in each profile, and why certain ones are better than others. Being able to see it visually helped make it really clear and also understand how the profiles work, better. While ProPhoto is the best out of all three, not all devices and computers can handle this color profile as the colors available in the profile, are not readily available on the devices. However, Ed also went through how to deal with this, through settings in Photoshop and Lightroom. While he will always aim to focus on Lightroom as well, we will primarily be doing our work in Photoshop.

We only did one print during this session, but this was to practice everything we had been told up to that point. We printed a test image, which Ed said was the image always used when it came to testing out print settings/outcomes. If this test image comes out perfectly, then you can be certain that the rest of your prints will too. It is good to be able to use this, as I imagine it can save a person a lot of time and hassle with their own printing.

Something to look forward to in the coming weeks, will be learning to print on different types of paper, including Japanese paper as well. I’m looking forward to more of this module as I feel it will be extremely useful and pay off for us in the long run.

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