During the digital printing workshop we were given a refresher from last year of how to set up our images ready to print.
Before beginning anything it’s important to make sure that the computer we’re on is set to the right colour profile. To do this go to system preferences – displays – colour – Dell 7-14 (which ever you’re on) D65.
For the colour profile of our images, for printing they should be Adobe RGB 1998, or for screens they should be sRGB as the colours appear different on screens to on print.
As well as colour profile the colour space also needs to be checked to make sure every time our images are set to Adobe RGB. To do this within Photoshop go to edit – colour settings – Europe Prepress 3.
After scanning images, the profile will change when moving to a different computer, when it asks to convert profile you should change it.
We then went through step by step of which order to edit our images (all from TIFF):
1. Crop (this will get rid of any unnecessary light or dark areas around the image making the histogram easier to read).
2. Levels, use alt key to see what you would lose in terms of highlights and shadows.
3. RGB, you can changed each colour individually on levels to try and get the correct colour.
4. Blending layers – multiply darkens.
5. Masks – gradient (black or black to clear) opacity 30% – used to lighten and darken areas of the image.
Resolution – smaller the bigger the pixels – larger image.
Resize image – sharpen (unsharp mask or hypass) – canvas size (borders
Duplicate layer when sharpening, smaller the image the less you need to sharpen. Blending mode – soft light.
Full bleed – image size the same as size of paper.
Proofing paper to see what the image will look like, see if any adjustments are needed.
View – proof setup – custom
We were using Epson Stylus Pro 7890_Phototex colour profile. This is for the paper West Photo use, it’s matte and has a sticky back so they can stick it onto the wall.
Shown above are my prints, I decided to print the image A4 rather than do an A1 test strip as I’ve already printed this one large during the large C-Type workshop. The top image turned out this way because the printer hadn’t been cleaned so messed up the colours, the bottom was one which was repeated, and looks much better. From seeing this print I have decided to definitely print them using glossy paper, the colours are not as affective when printed using matte.