Proofing and reviewing prints

How to make sure it's picture-perfect

When making a proof print, I often use 5 x 7 paper to save costs and time.

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In Photoshop, you can assess the paper’s approximate visual impact by going to View>Proof Setup>Custom and choosing your paper.If you know the lighting in which the print will be displayed, use the same lighting to view the proof. Otherwise use a fairly neutral light, such as a full spectrum Ott light; diffuse window light, although a bit cool, is acceptable. Try to approximate lighting intensity on the proof to that used in the display area, otherwise displayed prints may seem too dark or too light.

Review the print and mark up changes to be made with a Sharpie pen. Make your adjustments, and make another proof or if the changes were minor make the final print.

That’s it. A lot more details for printing and Photoshop settings are in the book. Now that you know the basics of taking and printing an ultimate quality photograph I hope to see your pictures hanging in a neighborhood coffee shop.


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