Tutorials - Week 10 (part 2)


Tutorial Files - Zip

Print Optimization

  1. Open image you want to Print
  2. Save AS: Name of file (if for Exercise #7: lastname_e7.tif)
    I usually type PRINT in caps to distinguish from other files
  3. The file hould be saved a .tif format. OR a .psd
    Ideally you aren't apply compression. If sending to a Printer company (for a specific reason), you should follow their instructions. They might have you save as a .jpg and use a specific Color Profile.
  4. In the SAVE AS diaglog box, I recommend that you unclick the "layers" box. This will collapse all of your layers; essentially saving as a flattened image
  5. The image will now be save to your choosen location, but will not be Open (because it has save a "copy" because you unclicked the "layers" box)
  6. Open this new Print file

  7. Copy the background layer
  8. Zoom to 100% (actual pixels)
  9. Desaturation (with Command Shift U)
  10. Filter > Other > High Pass
  11. Drag the Radius to the Left and use your Nudge key for "UP" to increase the Radius until your image edges begin to appear. Click OK
  12. Change the Layer Blend Mode to: Overlay
  13. Command E (to Merge Down)
  14. Save (Command S)


Do you need to Resize?

  1. If so, then complete the first steps up to #6.
  2. Then you could use your Crop Tool and under the Dropdown that might say "Ratio", Set it to "W x H x Resolution"
  3. In the fields in the Option Bar, type your desired width and height - Make sure you are using "in" and NOT "px". Resolution should be set to "300 ppi" or dpi.
  4. I would commit to the Destructive Crop
  5. Finish the rest of the steps beginning with #7
  6. If you are creating varying sizes, add the size dimensions in the name of the file like:
    or be descriptive in the name of the file so that you know what it is referring to.


Printing the File:

  1. Command P
  2. In the Print window, you will need to check and make sure the Printer is Selected
  3. Then make sure you are printing either Portrait or Landscape orientation
  4. I recommend using Adobe RGB 1998 (as your color space)
  5. The Profile might be indicated near your print station (or if printing at home, you should download the correct Profile to use for your paper and the printer you are using)
  6. Sometimes "relative colormetric" and "black point compensation" is advised
  7. Under the Sizing: if you didn't Resize, make sure your image isn't getting cut off. If it is, then you need to select: "Scale to Fit Media". If you already set the size, then you should not Scale, but keep as the size your created and make sure you are set to the correct printer and are using the correct paper. You may need to go into Layout Settings and make sure your paper size is set correctly there.
  8. Print

This is a PDF for printing that the Photography Department uses: Print_Work_Flow.pdf

Instructions for Printing in the Photography Department:

  1. Pay at Cashier's Office - tell them it is for Art Supplies/Clay
    (funds do not rollover to the next semester) - no I.O.U.'s
  2. Give receipt to your instructor so they can put it in the Print Log binder in 2273
  3. $1.25 / 8.5x11 - $5 / 13x19 (44"- ask for price)