On this video, Aaron Nace from Phlearn talks to Xander Fischer from the Printlab Chicago about different aspects related to printing images and gives some useful tips.
- Darken you, monitor, reduce contrast and brighten your image in your editing software on your computer with curves before you send it to print.
- Avoid color calibrating “non-print monitors” (what exactly falls under this category is not really clear – Fischer gives as an example the EIZO ColorEdge CG series of monitors, remember these are high-end pro graphics monitors with a very premium price tag – if you don’t print for a living you can get by with a decent IPS monitor from a well-known brand and implement Fischer’s previous advice)
- Work in Adobe RGG 1998 color space for print.
- Print in 300dpi if possible but if you are printing very large prints and don’t have the resolution go for lower DPI instead of upsampling your image.
- Don’t bother with ICC profiles (if you send your image to a good printing house), if you do print your own images be prepared to do some work on this.
- Paper choice really depends on the image and where it is going to be displayed (not every image will look good as glossy and there are images that will look better on paper than on canvas for example.
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