“New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing” by Rob Sheppard


Great book about digital darkroom and printing.  Reading now Chapter 4 on Basic Printing Workflow:

  1. Good print starts when you press the shutter button!
  2. Save as TIFF or PSD to preserve the most quality.  Can go back to this master file later if necessary
  3. Suggests to crop and rotate early to remove distractions and avoid influencing adjustments
  4. Getting the black and white points right using levels in Photoshop or Exposure and Blacks in Lightroom
  5. Adjusting Tone Curve in Lightroom to get midtones right
  6. Correct the White Balance
  7. Color adjustments with Saturation should be kept to minimum of 10-15.  Better to adjust colors individually so as not to affect other colors
  8. Make a work print early so that further adjustments can be made
  9. Then make local adjustments using layers and layer mask (gotta find that Wacom tablet pen!)
  10. Should only clean up spots and dust marks now since doing so earlier might cause problems while making adjustments
  11. Save a Master copy now before sharpening and flattening image.  This file can be used for adjusting sizes
  12. When resizing should keep the Resampling option turned off.  Then enter 200 ppi or 360 ppi to see if it’s the right size if not turn back on Resample option and enter new size and use Bicubic Smoother for size up and Bicubic Sharper for size down.  For very big enlargements should be done early while in RAW
  13. Sharpening should not be done early because it can cause problems with later adjustments.  Sharping does not make an out focus photo clearer but increases the inherent contrast between light and dark pixels.  Unsharp Mask is the most common

That’s just a quick summary but you really need to read the book to get the specifics and how tos.  Here’s a link to Amazon for more product details: New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing (A Lark Photography Book)