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4.4 Conclusion

In this lesson we'll review the core concepts we have learned together in this course by quickly running two more images through the process of preparing them for print.

4.4 Conclusion

Congratulations, you've reached the end of this course. In this course, you've learned the necessary work flow to prepare your photo for print using Photoshop. Just to tie the concepts that we've learned together, let's do a quick run through of the remaining two files that you downloaded from the download section of this course. I just want to show you how quick the process can be. And you can do the steps right along with me. So let's go ahead and open up the up close head shot. And we're gonna start from the point after you've already gone ahead and calibrated your monitor using calibration software. For this image, we're going to prepare this file as if we were going to send it out to an external printer, such as Bay Photo or Mpixpro. And depending on the settings that you chose earlier in the color settings dialog box, you may or may not get this pop-up. In this case, it's notifying me that the document I'm about to open has an embedded color profile that does not match my current RGB working space. And so the file I'm opening has SRGB, but the working space that I wanna use is Adobe RGB. So in this case, I want to convert the document's colors to the working space. And so here's our document and if you go down to the bottom and select the arrow. If you click Document Profile, it will show you what working space you're in, in the moment as well as how many bits per channel the image has. We're working with an Adobe RGB 16 bit photo which is exactly what we want. And now, let's check our proof set up settings. Let's go to View > Proof Setup, and we have it in working CMYK, select Proof Colors. And so now, we'll be proofing our image in CMYK, while working in Adobe RGB. Now, let's duplicate our file. In this way, we're preserving our unchanged image and we'll just leave it with the extra word copy on the end for now. So we have our duplicate file and we can close out the one that we started with. And now, let's make sure the resolution is 300 DPI. And as you can see it is. I'm going to change mine to inches just so that I can see the dimensions in a different unit. And so this is a good sized file. I'll go ahead and select OK. And now, I want to add a curve adjustment layer and drag the midpoint up a bit just to lightly brighten our file for print. So we'll go ahead and add that adjustment layer. And then ever so slightly I'm going to bring up the curve. And that looks to be enough in this case. If you go to the eye icon in your layers palette and select it, this is what we started with and this is where we're at now. So it's a very subtle change. Now, I want to flatten the image. Let's go to Layer > Flatten Image. And this way, the image has no layers for printing. And now, let's do some slight sharpening. We'll go to Filter > Sharpen, and let's use the Smart Sharpen option. Our preview window is at 100%. And I will take it out just a bit, and using our preview button, we have before and after. And I'm going to take the amount just a little bit higher. We'll bring the radius up just a hair. And let's preview that again. Excellent, we want a very slight adjustment to this. We'll go ahead and select OK, very good. Now, let's go ahead and save this file as a JPEG because we'll be sending this out to an external printer and for this scenario, we will assume that they want a JPEG. So you can select JPEG from the menu. And this file we'll go ahead and call it Print_Perfect_Image_2.jpg. And if you were sending it to MpixPro for example, you could add the ending MpixPro to it. Just so you know exactly what this file is later and for embed color profile, we will leave that check marked. Although, remember to check the requirements of the printer that you're sending it to. Because as I mentioned earlier MpixPro does not want you to embed the color profile at the time of this recording. Although requirements can change, so always check before you send your file. And we'll go ahead and select Save. And we will turn up the quality of the maximum of 12. And then we'll select OK. And it has saved the file. If you'll be ordering from an online printer, your next step would be to send in a sample order for a print or to request some sample prints. Just to see what their quality is and to see how that matches up with what you see on your monitor. From that point you would make any tweaks as necessary. We'll go ahead and close this image and actually before we do that, if you wanted to save a version of this image with the curves layer, you could do that before we flattened it. So for this course, we'll go ahead and close this out, and I'll click Don't Save. Now, let's open up the other image. And for this one, we will prepare our file for desktop inkjet printing. And so for this image, just like the other one. I'm going to tell it to convert the document's colors to the working space of Adobe RGB. I'll select OK. And I'm going to check my Proof Setup settings. So I do have it on working CMYK. And I will select Proof Colors just so that we get a preview. And also if you wanted to, you could go to Proof Setup and then select Custom and create some custom settings here depending on the device that you're simulating. And so I'm going to duplicate this image like before and I'm just running through this very quickly. I'll select OK, and close out the original image. I'm going to check the image resolution and make sure is at 300 and it is. so that's good, we'll select OK. And now, I'm going to add a curves adjustment layer like we did before. And also, just a side note depending on your image, you may need to add other adjustment layers as necessary, such as saturation for example or vibrance, it really depends on the image. For this one, curves will suffice. And I will brighten the image ever so slightly and let's do before and after comparison. And let's bring down the curve just a bit and do another before and after comparison. Now after this, I would flatten the image but before I do that, if you wanted to save this version of the image, you could do so. Which could come in handy especially if you print it and find out that it's too dark or too light. In which case you could come back in adjust this curves adjustment layer. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and flatten the image. And then I'm going to add some quick sharpening. Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. And I'm going to bring down the radius to 1.75. Just to make the effect a little more subtle and I'll bring down the amount as well and just do a quick before and after. And we'll bring it up just a hair. We'll leave it at 177. It's very slight. Select OK, and so now our image has been sharpened. And now, we'll go ahead and save the file. We'll go to File > Save As. Select your location for the file and we'll give this image a similar name to the last one. We'll call it Print_Perfect_Image_3. And again, you can customize that as you see fit. And we'll leave this file as a TIF in this case. And we will also leave the color profile embedded. And we'll go ahead and select Save. And for image compression, I'll go ahead and leave it compressed as a ZIP, which should not affect the appearance of the image. And I'll select OK. And from there, you would print your file, compare it to what you see on your monitor and then adjust it as necessary. I want to reiterate, that the way you process your file for print depends heavily on how and where you're printing it. If you're working with your desktop printer, then that will be different than if you were working with a third party printer or press. Now, in the case that you are working with a third party printer, always find out their requirements. As far as you work flow goes, sometimes you may find that your working entirely in RGB mode up until you sent it to print. Other times you may find yourself working in RGB through your image editing and then converting it to CMYK per the requirements of your printers. After you've converted it to CMYK you may find that you need to further tweak the image. And other times you may be preparing your file for import into another software program for layout such as Adobe In Design. Just something to keep in mind. It's important to take all of these things into consideration. I'm Chamira Young from tuts+, and I hope you enjoyed this course.

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