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Mastering digital printing : the photographer's and artist's guide to high-quality digital output
Author:
Johnson, Harald.
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Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Muska & Lipman, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781929685653
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Book

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"Mastering Digital Printing: The Photographer's and Artist's Guide to High-Quality Digital Output" is the first in-depth reference to the new world of digital printing for photography and fine art. This authoritative guide provides a thorough introduction to this exploding medium, instruction in the latest digital printing techniques, and an inspiring Gallery Showcase of the best digitally imaged and printed art and photography. Whether you are a photographer, digital or traditional artist, printmaker, art educator, or art marketer, this book will help you master digital printing!


Author Notes

Harald Johnson has been immersed in the world of commercial and fine-art imaging and printing for more than 25 years. A lifelong photographer and an award-winning digital and commercial artist and designer, his images have been distributed and exhibited worldwide. As a consultant and the head of his own marketing communications agency, he has worked with many blue-chip artists as well as galleries and museums throughout the United States. Johnson, who was introduced to digital imaging workflows in 1988 and has never looked back, is the creator and moderator of Yahoo’s “digital-fineart,” the world’s largest online discussion group on the subject of digital fine art and digital printing. He is also the creator of DP&I.


Table of Contents

Part I Digital Printing Basics
1 Navigating the Digital Landscapep. 3
Birth of the Digital Printing Revolutionp. 3
Jon Cone's Computer-Assisted Printmakingp. 3
Graham Nash and Digital Fine-Art Printingp. 5
The Revolution Takes Offp. 10
Defining Digital Printingp. 12
High Qualityp. 12
Digitalp. 13
Printingp. 14
Putting Prints in Their Placesp. 14
What's a Print?p. 15
Photographic Printsp. 16
Traditional Fine-Art Printsp. 18
Digital Printsp. 19
Why Go Digital?p. 21
Costp. 21
Consistencyp. 21
Storagep. 22
Larger Sizesp. 22
Artistic Controlp. 22
Freedom & Flexibilityp. 23
Who's Doin' Digital?p. 23
Photographers/Imagemakersp. 23
Traditional Artistsp. 24
Digital Artistsp. 25
Gaining Ground: A Question of Acceptancep. 25
Digital Decisionsp. 29
Doing It Yourself vs. Sending It Outp. 29
Reproductions or Original Prints?p. 34
State of the Art: The Digital Revolutionp. 34
2 Understanding Digital Printingp. 37
A Digital Primerp. 38
Anatomy of a Digital Imagep. 38
Pixels and Bit Depthp. 40
Resolutionp. 42
Halftones, Contones, and Dithersp. 54
Printer Drivers and Printing Softwarep. 60
Comparing Digital Printing Technologiesp. 60
Digital Photo Printp. 62
Dye Sublimationp. 66
Electrophotography (Color Copy/Color Laser)p. 67
Inkjetp. 68
3 Creating and Processing the Imagep. 75
Image Inputp. 75
Scanningp. 75
Photographyp. 91
Digital Drawing/Paintingp. 96
Image Editingp. 101
Image-Editing Softwarep. 101
Plug-ins and Filtersp. 105
Sizing with Image-Editingp. 106
File Formats, Image Compression, and More...p. 108
File Formatsp. 108
Image Compressionp. 110
File Transport, Storage, and Archivesp. 111
4 Understanding and Managing Colorp. 115
Color Basicsp. 115
What Is Color?p. 115
Light Sources and Colorp. 117
Measuring Colorp. 118
Color Spacesp. 119
What Is Color Management?p. 125
Welcome to ICC Color Managementp. 127
Monitor Calibration and Profilingp. 128
Printer Calibration and Profilingp. 132
A Color-Managed Workflowp. 140
Using Profiles and Soft-Proofing with Photoshopp. 140
5 Determining Print Permanencep. 145
How Long Is Long Enough?p. 145
Who Cares?p. 145
The Meaning of Permanencep. 147
What Affects Permanence?p. 148
Determining Permanence: Standards and Testsp. 152
Why Test?p. 152
Types of Testsp. 152
Accelerated Testing Standardsp. 160
Who's Doing the Testing?p. 163
So How Long Will It Last?p. 171
What Can You Do?p. 171
The Artist's Responsibilityp. 175
Part II The Main Event: Inkjet Printing
6 Selecting an Inkjet Printerp. 181
1 Can I Use It to Print?p. 181
What Size Output?p. 184
2 How Old Is It?p. 186
3 What's the Print Quality?p. 187
4 What Different Inks and Media Can I Use?p. 189
Inksp. 189
Mediap. 191
5 How Permanent Are the Prints?p. 193
6 Speed: How Long Does It Take to Print?p. 195
7 How Easy to Set Up and Connect? How Big? How Noisy?p. 197
Desktopp. 197
Wide-Formatp. 199
8 What About Printer Software, Drivers, and RIPs?p. 200
Printer Management Softwarep. 201
RIPsp. 202
What About Service, Repairs, and Warranties?p. 203
9 What Does It Cost?p. 204
Desktopp. 204
Wide-Formatp. 206
An Inkjet Summaryp. 207
OEM Wrapupp. 208
7 Choosing Your Consumablesp. 213
Inksp. 214
Ink Components, Dyes vs. Pigmentsp. 214
OEM or Third-Party Inks?p. 219
Mediap. 228
Paperp. 229
Deciding on Paperp. 233
Alternative Mediap. 243
Finding Mediap. 245
Matching Ink to Mediap. 246
8 Making a Great Inkjet Printp. 249
System Setupsp. 249
Healthy Hardware: Basic Equipment Setupsp. 251
Quick-Start Printing Guidep. 256
Step 1 Open and Convert the Filep. 258
Step 2 Edit and Prep the Imagep. 258
Step 3 Choose and Load the Paperp. 259
Step 4 Select Image Settingsp. 259
Step 5 Select Printer Driver Settingsp. 259
Step 6 Make the Printp. 260
Making a Print Step-by-Stepp. 260
Step 1 Plan the Printp. 262
Step 2 Prep the Filep. 263
Step 3 Edit the Imagep. 263
Step 4 Save a Print-Specific Versionp. 264
Step 5 Scale, Res, and Sharpenp. 264
Step 6 Select and Load Paperp. 265
Step 7 Select Image Settingsp. 267
Step 8 Select Printer Driver Settings, Profile, or RIPp. 268
Step 9 Make a Test Print (or Two or Three...)p. 273
Step 10 Make Adjustments and More Test Printsp. 274
Step 11 Make the Final Print(s)p. 275
9 Finishing and Displaying Your Printsp. 279
Print Aestheticsp. 279
Finishing Printsp. 280
Dryingp. 280
Deckling Your Edgesp. 282
Adding a Chopp. 283
Signing and Numberingp. 283
Embellishing Printsp. 284
Coating Printsp. 285
Why Coat?p. 285
Types of Coatingsp. 287
Mounting and Framing Printsp. 293
Mountingp. 293
Framingp. 296
Framing Alternativesp. 299
Storing and Shipping Printsp. 301
Storing Printsp. 301
Shipping Printsp. 303
Displaying Printsp. 304
Display Aestheticsp. 304
Display Permanencep. 305
Part III Beyond the Basics
10 Using a Print Servicep. 311
Why Use a Print Service?p. 311
Printmaking Advantagesp. 313
How To Pick an Inkjet Printmakerp. 317
What To Look Out Forp. 324
The Artist/Printmaker Relationshipp. 326
A Giclee Workflowp. 327
Working with Non-Inkjet Providersp. 331
Digital Photo Printp. 331
Online Printing Servicesp. 334
Image Sharing and Printingp. 335
11 Special Printing Techniquesp. 337
RIPs and Special Printing Softwarep. 337
RIPsp. 337
Special Color Printing Softwarep. 341
The Secret World of Digital Black and Whitep. 348
What Are You Afraid Of?p. 348
Getting Results with Digital Black and Whitep. 349
Beyond the Digital Printp. 359
Cards, Books, and Portfoliosp. 359
Digital Mixed Mediap. 364
Other Alternative Processesp. 370
Appendixp. 374
Indexp. 380