Printmaking : basic knowledge and skills

So, what do I/we need to learn to make digital fine art prints? Here’s info I compiled.

ICC Color Managed workflows – How to Make Them Work
 – Monitor and printer profiling
 – How and where to apply profiles
 – Softproofing in Photoshop
• Important scanning concepts and practices
 – Resolution, bit depth, controlling tonal range
• Camera Raw file strategies
• Photoshop techniques and productivity tips including:
 – How to establish optimal tonal range
 – Mastering curves and why that is important
 – Selection strategies
 – The power of layer masks
 – Cloning and Dodge/Burn layers
 – Blending modes
 – Sharpening strategies

• Targeting for Output to Different Printers

• Interpolation Strategies to Upsize Files

Topics include…

  • Color managed workflow from input to output
  • Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, Lightroom, Photoshop
  • RAW conversions
  • Sophisticated color adjustment strategies
  • Black and white conversions and toning solutions
  • Local correction and masking
  • Sharpening
  • Resampling
  • Noise reduction
  • RIPs and printer drivers
  • Printer maintenance and fine tuning
  • Essential printing tests
  • Substrate surveys
  • Print handling and storage
  • Fine art printing techniques

Topics Include

Digital Printing Technologies
Monitor Calibration
Color Management and Profiles
Profile Creation
Fine-Art Papers
Print Aesthetics in a Digital World
Fine-Tuning the Print to Beauty
Print Lighting

Using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom for Digital Camera Files
Getting the best results from Digital Camera Files
Color Management (covered in depth)
How to insure consistent results from monitor to final print
How do I color-profile my own monitor, scanner, and printer?
Image Processing
Recommended techniques for working on files
The Master File and adjustment layers
Photoshop selection tools—tips and techniques
Setting density and color balance
Retouching, burning and dodging
Preparation of files for output to various printers
Using the “Sharpen Only Edges” action (included)
Equipment Selection
Printers for proofing and final output
Storage for large image files, CD and DVD writers
Archival methods of mounting and matting digital prints

explore the recent technological developments in fine art digital printmaking. By combining the latest digital printmaking and image editing technology with traditional fine art photographic printmaking techniques, students will learn how to efficiently optimize their digital images. Participants will learn methods that will enhance their ability to create high quality digital input and output either with their own equipment, or in conjunction with an outside service provider. The class will focus on developing a personal image optimization workflow that encourages a non-destructive and efficient approach to enhancing one’s images. Additional in-depth discussions will include color calibration, color management, advanced imaging techniques, output options, substrate choices, and permanence issues.

  • Uitleg over kleur en kleurruimten zoals sRGB en AdobeRGB
  • De juiste instellingen voor inkjet printers in Adobe Photoshop CS2 en 3
  • Het kalibreren van het beeldscherm
  • Het maken van een print-papier profiel van je favoriete papiersoort
  • Het gereedmaken van foto opnamen voor Epson kleur en zwart-wit printen (histogram, kleurcorrecties, contrastaanpassingen, omzetten van kleur naar zwart-wit en retouches, werken in meerdere aanpassingslagen)
  • Archiveren en bewerken in Adobe Bridge en Lightroom
  • Zwart-wit printen met de UltraChrome K3 zwart-wit inkten

Topics covered include:

  • Photoshop CS techniques
  • Digital Workflow & Output
  • Monitor Calibration
  • Choosing the right papers and inks
  • Sharpening
  • Dodging and burning
  • And much, much more

(See also Books and courses BA – fine art printmaking – pro printers)

Related blog reading : Prints

Another read : my article about 19 century travel photography and old photographic processes