On August 2nd I will be showing my work for the first time in over 4 years! I am a bit timid and excited all at the same time. However, I am more prepared this time than I ever was the last time! I had a horrible experience at the gallery where I showed my work in San Francisco, I will not mention any names, well not at this time anyway 🙂
So in preparing for the upcoming show comes the joy of saving my files for print. There are several ways to save a photo and each one has its own reason. Saving as a 16 bit TIFF for future editing, saving really small as JPEG for the web, and last but not least, saving for print. There are a couple of things to consider when saving your images for print:
- The size of the image and how far you can stress it before it is too much. Typically I will not take a 12 Megapixel image beyond 24″ x 36″, however that does not mean you can’t either. Just remember that the larger you make the print the more risk you run of artifacting.
- The appropriate Crop ratio for the print size.
- The Test print with the company you are using, you may have to adjust the brightness.
- High Pass sharpening.
In this video tutorial I will cover all of the above areas and even show you how to create an Action to increase your workflow productivity to ensure you do not miss a beat when saving your images for print!