Have you ever had this feeling?
You’re looking at a gorgeous print of one of your photographs … then you notice a small detail that needs to be fixed, and you know you’re going to have to reprint it. More time, more paper, more ink. Frustration. It’s so obvious when you see it now! Why didn’t you see it before? Save time, money, resources, and increase your productivity and enjoyment at the same time.
Use these checklists to eliminate this problem.
Before you print check your …
highlight detail especially at the edges
saturation overall and specific hues
white balance casts are best seen in neutrals, flesh tones, and memory colors
noise reduced avoid blurring and artificial smoothing effects
sharpened avoid producing halos
imprecise masking edges misaligned or haloed
imprecise retouching blurry or misaligned or repeating patterns
dust check at 100% screen magnification
softproof make output specific tweaks based on printer profile used
resampling if resolution is below 240 ppi or above 720 ppi
output sharpening compensate for image softening due to dot gain
You can ensure you take all these steps with a consistent workflow.
While you print check your …
orientation portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal)
page setup paper size and margins
color management Adobe or Printer (for B&W)
media setting precise or nearest paper type
ink MK matte or PK photo black
printer resolution 1440 matte or 2880 photo
Save these settings as a Preset so you can use them again with a single click.
After you print check your …
white spots dust on paper before printing
scuffing handle paper with care before and after printing
banding align heads or reduce print speed or make sure data transfer’s fast
microbanding check for nozzle clogs or print speed
local color casts areas check for nozzle clogs
colors faded wrong side of paper
Make sure you view prints in enough light with the right color temperature.