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How To Post Process For Printing?....

Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:38 am

Hi everyone,

Some advice for a newbie please.  Smile

What is the best way to Post Process/Edit a Photo for a large Print?

Is it best printed from RAW file, or is it acceptable to print it after converting to JPEG and Processing in Photoshop?

If RAW is the prefered method, I only have Canon's Digital Photo Professional that came with my 40D to Edit RAW Photo's and it seems to have very limited Editing functions compared to what you can do with PS, is there another program I can buy that edits the pics in RAW like you can in PS?

Also, what are the standard Print sizes that people usually do their enlarged Prints?....I really don't know how far you can go.

Sorry for all the questions, but this is totally new ground for me.

Any information will be very much appreciated,

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RE: How To Post Process For Printing?....

Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:39 am

For printing you need to convert to JPEG.

I always apply aggressive sharpening for printing, very different than what I do editing for the web. I use a fred miranda sharpening plugin

Suggest you find a good quality local printer and try out some different ways of editing and see what comes out best. They are probably willing to assist you as well. Your monitor will most likely display the image as darker or brighter than what you will get out of print so you need to take that into account once you have established a reference point

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RE: How To Post Process For Printing?....

Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:20 am

Thanks a lot for the advice Tim!

Very much appreciated.

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RE: How To Post Process For Printing?....

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:12 am

Hi Jeff, the first thing to know about printing is what you are going to print on. Most printers now work very well with sRGB and Adobe colour space's and the days of having to work in CMYK are long behind us now. If you are sending your prints to a pro printer or using a large format printer yourself a tiff file is by far the best format, some printers will take pdf or eps files. If you are printing yourself on a large format printer, printing from a PSD file is by far the best. Jpegs are not good as you are applying compression to the image.

With printing pixels really do matter! the more you have the more resolution you get. If you are going to upsize your image do it from the raw converter, the canon raw converter is really quite good for this purpose, I have printed some great 136cm x 91 cm images from my 40D on an HP z6100 but be careful about over sharpening, you will find that you do not need the same level of sharpening as you do to hosting them on the net, halo's from over sharpening become very apparent very quickly when printing your images.

If you are going to print yourself there are some printers out there at the moment. The Epson 2880 and Canon Pro 9500 are both very good (although the canon is very slow). Alway try and use manufactures inks a good quality media and the correct colour profiles. If you are looking to go to a pro printer try and use someone that has the new Epson 7990 or 9900, these use the Epson's latest HDR inkset and produce stunning results.

Good luck .. Jid
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RE: How To Post Process For Printing?....

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:39 am

Thanks a lot Jid!

That is great information, and the info on the Printers is very helpful on which ones to buy.

Thanks again,

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