Lightroom Printing Q&A – Lightroom Killer Ideas

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First, earlier than we kick into the Q&A for at the moment, I wished to thank all people who joined us for ‘The Panorama Convention” this week. What an exquisite, gracious, enjoyable crowd to current to (over 1,400+ photographers attended stay), and it was such a blast. My humble because of spending a number of days with us — we’re very grateful and hope you all discovered quite a bit!

One of many periods I did was known as “It’s all in regards to the print” and the main focus was on learn how to print from Lightroom Traditional, both to your personal desktop printer or to set-up and prep your picture in Lightroom after which ship it to an internet lab, like BayPhoto or MPIX. I had plenty of questions in the course of the convention that I believed I’d additionally tackle right here at the moment for people that didn’t get to attend. Right here we go:

Q. If I’m saving my structure as a JPEG to ship to the lab, which shade profile ought to I apply?

A. Some main print labs will inform you to make use of sRGB as your shade mode, however to verify your lab is cool with sRGB, simply drop their customer support dept. an e mail and ask them which profile they like (once more, my guess is will probably be sRGB, however higher secure than sorry).

Q. If I’m sending my picture to a lab for printing, ought to I allow them to do any shade correction, or ought to I flip that possibility off?

A. After I ship to pictures to a lab, I all the time depart that possibility turned on, as a result of their displays are completely calibrated (many labs calibrate their displays to their printers every day), and I’ve been within the room at MPIX the place they proof pictures and the oldsters which can be doing it are extremely proficient at nailing their shade. In the event that they see one thing clearly fallacious with the colour in my finish as soon as it’s on their finish, I need them to repair it. I’ve by no means had an issue or had them repair one thing that didn’t want fixing.

Q. Scott, how do you management the standard of prints when sending your pictures to a photograph ebook app (e.g. Picaboo, Mac Books, and so on.)

A. Properly, ya kinda don’t. With Picture Books, you simply put together the pictures such as you would for those who had been going to print them your self; cross your fingers and hope for one of the best. I’ve had nice success with printing picture books from proper inside Lightroom Traditional’s Ebook Module, so I’m completely snug with it.

The most probably factor that may occur (in a foul method) is that your prints print darker than you count on. If you happen to’re involved about that, make digital copies of the pictures you need in your picture ebook; Choose All and improve the Publicity by round +0.25 and that can in all probability compensate for darkening. If it nonetheless comes out too darkish, you’ll must strive +0.50 (all of it relies on the brightness of your monitor to how a lot you’ll want). It would take a strive or two to nail the brightness quantity, however you’ll get it. Keep in mind, you’ll be able to strive a small ebook, with the minimal variety of pages, as a take a look at print earlier than you decide to printing an enormous, full-sized, 100 web page ebook.

Q. In case you are utilizing a paper from a distinct producer than the printer, how do you deal with the profile?

A. If you happen to’re printing to (say for instance) a Canon imagePROGRAF Professional-1000 printer however you’re printing on say Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper, you’ll want to go to Hahnemühle’s web site and obtain their free Platinum shade profile for the Canon Professional 100 printer (on the Hahnemühle Web site, below Digital Positive Artwork, select ICC profiles, after which ‘Obtain Heart.’ It should ask you which of them model of printer you will have, after which which mannequin of printer. Lastly, it askes which of their papers you’re printing to, after which it brings up a obtain hyperlink to the free profile.

Q. Do you are taking pictures you completed in PS again into LR to print?

A. Completely — I solely print from Lightroom. I finished printing from Photoshop about 11 years in the past.

1. See the picture on the correct? Click on and drag inside left/proper to reposition the picture contained in the cell.
2. Right here’s that very same picture repositioned within the cell.

Q. [In a layout inside the Print Module]: Are you able to management what portion of the image shall be displayed within the cell?

A. You may: simply click on and drag contained in the cell to reposition the picture. Relying on the picture and the structure, you’ll in all probability solely be capable to drag left/proper or up/down — not each.

Q. What’s the title of the rolled print stretcher that you just talked about his print session?

A. That’s Bay Photo Lab’s XPoser exhibition system. It’s actually good, and when we’ve our gallery openings, all people’s all the time asking about them —  they love the way in which they stand off the wall; and simply the sheer high quality of the prints. It’s not shiny or matte; it’s extra like a satin end and it’s very flattering to photographic pictures. Right here’s a video I did at Bay Picture’s sales space at Photoshop World that reveals the entire course of. Price watching:

Hope you discovered that useful. Thanks once more to all people who make the convention so successful. It was an honor to share the digital stage with such an amazing crew of instructors, and with the great group of photographers we received to spend the final two or three days with.

Have an amazing weekend. Keep wholesome and joyful, and I hope to see you right here once more subsequent week. 🙂

-Scott

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