All about printing your photos.

Language of course: english

This course is all about printing your photos. Getting them out in the world as “real” products. Products you can touch, hold in hand and share with others.

We will cover printing at your printer, sending your final files over to a print production company and creating photo books with Lightroom Classic, InDesign or Affinity Publisher. There are a lot of things to learn and perfect. But after all: you just have to make one step after another.

So don’t hesitate and print your photos to create the final piece of the puzzle for your art.

Duration 3 hours 40 minutes, 31 lessons.

31 lessons to #getbetter

01 How to print your photos? In this course, you will learn how to print your images. We will cover the basics, how to develop and retouch your images, how you can export the final files, how to print out of Photoshop, Lightroom and Mirage, create a book in Lightroom, InDesign and Affinity Publisher, and many aspects in between. So let’s start!

02 Jennies photos Jennie was so kind, to let me work on her photos in this course. She was also the person, which brought up the idea for this course. Thanks a lot for this! If you want to learn more about Jennie, just go to her website: https://jh-focusonthegood.at

03 File formats in the camera Which file format you should use when taking photographs. Is raw always the best option and what to consider when using jpgs?

04 bit depth 8 bit or 16 bit per channel. 256 or 65.536 tonal steps. What to use and why? You will find all answers to your questions in this video.

05 understanding dpi What are DPI, and when do they matter? Dots per inch are good to set up right for printing, but do you need them when you export for screen-usages?

06 What’s possible with a photo from a website? Can you print photos download from a website? With just 72 dpi. Yes or no?

07 color profiles sRGB, Adobe RGB, profiles for paper… there are some things to consider when working with photos.

08 cropping in Lightroom Nowadays, we use cameras with plenty of megapixels. But why do we really need so many pixels? The answer is: you can crop – a lot! And in Lightroom we can display the let pixels directly in the crop overlay.

09 remove sensor dust and water drops Lightrooms ability to clean your images is amazing. With the spot removal, you can work really fast to remove all distracting spots easily. And the best: you can even copy and paste the position information to other images as well.

10 edit in Photoshop When you want to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop, you have to consider the settings how the file gets handed over. In this video, I will show how to set up both applications to work perfectly together.

11 install my tool presets To work really fast, it’s great to use Photoshops tool presets function. I will share my tool presets with you, so you can work without any hassles and become super fast at your image editing work! Download the tool preset file from here.

12 Photoshop retouching basics To work flexible in Photoshop, layers are a crucial part in the workflow. Removing distracting elements can be done fast with the spot healing brush. Learn now how this works

13 use the clone stamp and healing brush together Some situations need special tools or tool combinations. Tools with content aware technologies tend to have problems with contrast-rich edges. So you have to use the clone stamp tool to separate the problematic areas from these edges. After that, it’s easy to use the spot healing brush or healing brush to clean the image areas.

14 content aware fill for bigger areas You can fill bigger areas with content aware fill. This dialog gives a lot of options to select the sample areas. If the result isn’t as expected in the first try, just try it again. It’s so fast, that there is nearly no time lost. In contrast to manual work.

15 use image parts to mask them in If you want to retouch a curve, it’s most of the time easier to use image parts and mask them over the problematic areas. How you can work with free transform and image wrap to fine tune this areas is part of this lesson.

16 colorize problem areas The ability to just apply color to photo areas is quite powerful. To do so, you need to set the layer blend mode to “color” and start painting with the brush. Because you’re only effecting the colors in this blend mode, all lighting information remains from the layers below.

17 file format considerations To create “final” images, you have some choices. But the most common in the photographic workflow are JPG and TIF. I will show you exactly what’I’ll show you exactly what the difference is between the two. So you can decide, if you go for maximum quality and huge file size or for a good balance between quality AND file size.

18 export for a website with Lightroom Classic What’s a good size to export your images for a website. Find out more in this lesson and also see the squarespace recommendation.

19 Export out of Photoshop When working with files in Photoshop directly (without coming from Lightroom), you can export via the export dialog. Therein you will find file format, resize options that are just for the exported image and a handy file size display, so you know exactly how big the exported file is on the hard drive of the server.

20 Whitewall.com offers extensive possibilities to print your images. I will demonstrate in this video how to set up your files for printing with them. One step is to download and use the ICC-profile associated with your chosen print material.

21 Softproofing in Photoshop With a soft proof, you are able to see on your screen how the print will look on paper. Therefore, the screen have to be calibrated and the lighting conditions must be controlled. If this is the case, you can see how certain colors will be out of gamut, and you are able to tweak them, so everything is under your control. BUT: if you don’t soft proof and don’t correct ether, it’s not as big of a deal. Because the print will most certainly don’t hang next to your screen, and so your eyes will adapt to the environment of the print on the wall.

22 Photoshop In this video, you will learn how to set up Photoshops print dialog for printing.

23 Lightroom Classic Learn how to print with the print module inside Lightroom Classic.

24 Print from Mirage Mirage from DinAX is a very powerful printing tool. Since I use Mirage, I don’t have failed prints (besides where I messed up – wrong paper side up, wrong profile,…). I can highly recommend Mirage if you consider printing at home!

25 blurb as an example I create my photo books with blurb.com most of the time directly out of Lightroom Classic. In this first video of the chapter on book printing, I introduce you to the possibilities that blurb has to offer.

26 From Lightroom to blurb In this video, we will explore the book module inside Lightroom Classic. When finished your book, you can directly upload from Lightroom Classic to blurb.

27 Lightroom Upload problem If you encounter upload problems within the book module, you can export via pdf. This pdf can be uploaded manually to blurb and if ready for your order! Small workaround but immense time safer.

28 Export photos for using in another tool If you want to work outside Lightroom, you have to export the developed photos. What settings you should use is the topic of this lesson.

29 Work with Adobe InDesign Blurb provides a powerful plugin for InDesign. I demonstrate how to download, install and set up your book inside InDesign with this plugin. After that, you can directly create a pdf and upload it to blurb.

30 Work with Affinity Publisher Serif offers with Affinity Publisher a valuable and powerful alternative for InDesign. How this application can be used for creating books with blurb is the content of this lesson.

31 Print your own photos! Now it’s your turn. Print your images and share your experiences with the world.

How to print your photos!

31 video-lessons to #getbetter in your pace.

Watch, learn and create tangible products to share experiences!

Regards Martin