12 Useful Test Files

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A little testing upfront can ensure that you get the finest results possible.

Use these test files to confirm color management is working properly.

 

1. Using Gray Gradient Test Files | Coming

2. Test File – Gray Gradient Smooth | Download

3. Test File – Gray Gradient 10% Steps | Download

4. Test File – Gray Gradient 5% Steps | Download

5. Test File – Gray Gradient 1% Steps | Download

6. Test File – Spectrum Gradients | Download

7. Test File – RGBCMY | Download

8. Test File – RGBCMY to Black Smooth | Download

9. Test File – RGBCMY to Black Posterized  | Download

10. Test File – RGBCMY to White Smooth  | Download

11. Test File – RGBCMY to White Posterized | Download

12. Test File – Line Pairs | Coming Soon

 

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Printing Tips

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The little things can make a big difference, never more so than with printing.

 

Banding

Colored Micro-Banding

Dark Micro-Banding

Delete & Reload Printer Driver

Evaluate Proofs Under Glass

Fragile – Packing & Shipping Prints

Ink Drips or Smears

Ink Spattering and Pooling

Light Micro-Banding

Locating Printer Utilities

Maintenance Tank is Full

Paper Won’t Feed

Printing Borders Aren’t Equal

Printing Off Paper

Printer Power Cleaning Cycles

Signing Prints

 

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The Art Of Proofing

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Get the best print quality possible with these proofing techniques.

 

Proof – The Art of Proofing
Refinine your proofing process to achieve the best print quality efficiently.

Proof – BAT
BAT (bon a tiré) it’s the final proof print.

Proof – Bracket Proofing
Bracket proof and get one hundred proofs in one.

Proof – Compensate for Scale
Larger images appear lighter than smaller images. It’s an optical effect that affects your prints.

Proof – Correcting for Viewing Light
Compensate for discrepancies in profiles and viewing light temperatures.

Proof – Full Scale
Proof at full scale to check noise and sharpness.

Proof – Light Temperature
Light temperature has a significant effect on exposure, calibration, printing, and display.

Proof – Notes
Take good notes so you can retrace your steps precisely.

Proof – Prevent Overinking
Set proper ink limit for a substrate and reduce overinking.

 

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The Fine Art Of Digital Printing

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Print your images to achieve new levels of mastery and personal expression.

 

Dano’s Glossary of Fine Art Terms 

 

Looking

 

6 Benefits Of Making Prints – Video

12 Things To Look For In Great Prints – Video

 

What Printing Can Do For You

What Printing Can Do For Your Images

How To Strike Up A Lively Conversation With Your Images

How To Map Out A Strategy To Develop Your Photographs | Coming

7 Things To Look For In Great Prints & Great Artists Who Make Exceptions

9 Ways To Tell If Your Photographs Are Over Cooked

12 Classic Mistakes We’ve All Made Trying To Make Better Prints

How To Key Your Images Expressively – Go High, Medium, Or Low

How To Avoid Making Viewers Squint At Your Prints To See Their Highlights

How To Create Lively Midtone Contrast In Your Prints | Coming

How To Render Lively Shadows In Your Prints

 

Tools

 

Why Your Tools Matter When Printing
This big overview gives you the bottom line – and links for more depth.

Ink
Choose media wisely.

Paper / Substrate
Your choice of materials has a profound impact on your prints.

Make New Film | .99
Printing digital negatives with Adobe Photoshop (all versions) – 6 pages

Longevity  Free to Members
How long do inkjet prints last? What should you do to protect them? Find out here.

Printer Points of Control   Free to Members
You have a number of points of control with digital printers.

Printer Profiles
How do you make a printer profile? When do you need to?

Resolution  Free to Members
Learn how resolution can ensure fine detail and smooth transition.

Paper Sizes – Standard   Free to Members

Paper Size – Custom   Free to Members

 

Outgassing  Free to Members
Cure your prints before framing them.

Metamerism
Metamerism is the tendency of an object to change its appearance under different light sources.

Bronzing 
Bronzing is an iridescent flash of color when viewing prints under varying angles of light.

Gloss Differential 
Gloss differential is an uneven reflectance of the surface of a print.

Banding  Free to Members
Use these simple methods to cure banding.

Printer Maintenance  Free to Members
A little maintenance can go a long way!

Preflight Checklist  Free to Members
Create a preflight checklist designed to help you avoid common mistakes.

 

Epson

 

Epson Driver – Color 

Epson Driver – Advanced B&W Photo

Epson Driver – Double Color Management

Epson Driver – Ink Limit  Free to Members

Delete and Reload Printer Driver  Free to Members

Epson – Print / File Size Chart   Free to Members
The relationship between print size, file resolution and bit depth for Epson printers.

 

Presentation

 

Scale  Free to Members
Size matters. Consider the size of your prints with care.

Notation  Free to Members
The notations you make on your prints add value to them.

Mounting  Free to Members
Ensure that your prints are protected and beautifully displayed.

Matting  Free to Members
Make sure your images are protected and presented properly.

Framing  Free to Members
The frames you choose will enhance the quality of your artwork.

Exhibiting  Free to Members
Make your experience more successful by knowing what is required.

Limited Editions  Free to Members
Edition structures disclose the number of prints that will be made of an image.

Signing Prints
Use the best tools to ensure your signature lasts. 

 

Masterworks In My Collection

 

The Importance Of Viewing Masterworks

 

Paul Caponigro – Apple, New York City, 1964

Ansel Adams – Clearing Winter Storm, 1944

Jerry Uelsmann, Nude, 1983

Joyce Tenneson – Kristin, Hands In The Air, 1998

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Photographers Celebrate The Print

 

Two Generations – Paul & John Paul Caponigro 

John Paul Caponigro 

Jeremy Cowart

Gregory Crewdson

Lois Greenfield 

Gerd Ludwig 

Steve McCurry

Mark Seliger 

John Sexton 

Tim Tadder 

Amy Toensing 

Stephen Wilkes 

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Bambi Cantrell

John Paul Caponigro 

Douglas Dubler 

Greg Gorman 

Jay Maise

Steve McCurry

Jeff Schewe

 

John Sexton 

Kim Weston 

 

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How To Preserve Lively Shadows In Your Prints

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One of the keys to making a great print is great shadow detail.

Shadow detail is something to be mindful of during exposure, processing, and printing. Curiously, even if you see shadow detail in your file on a calibrated monitor you may not see all of the details in your print. What can you do about this? Many things!

First Check Your Color Management
Before you start editing your files based on your proofs, check your color management system.

Recalibrate Your Monitor
Make sure you’ve calibrated your monitor with hardware. Set a brightness value of 90-100 lux, instead of using the default brightness target of 120 lux. If your monitor is too bright, your prints will look dark overall, especially in your shadows.

Read more on Profiling Your Monitor here.

Give Your Prints Enough Time To Dry
Inkjet prints come out of the printer almost dry, but not quite fully dry. When they’re fully dry, they’ll appear slightly lighter, especially in the shadows where there’s a lot of ink. So before you evaluate prints critically, give them a few minutes to dry. This affects absorbent matte surfaces even more than glossy surfaces.

Find my resource on Outgassing here.

Look At Your Prints In Good Light
Look at your prints in good light. You need the right amount of light (at least 500 lumens), the right color temperature light (5000K is the standard but many viewers prefer the warmer 3600K), and it helps to use full-spectrum light (a CRI of 90 or higher). (Many manufacturers now make full spectrum bulbs, like Solux and Soraa.)

Read more on Controlling Your Environment here.

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Media Type sets the amount of ink that's used.

Set Your Media Type Correctly
Your printer driver will allow you to set your media type, which controls ink the amount of ink that is sprayed on your paper. Use too much ink and you’ll lose shadow detail. Use too little and your blacks and midtones will appear weak. If you’re using a paper not made by the manufacturer, choose the nearest media type and then adjust its settings with the printer driver’s advanced utilities. (You’ll find this under Advanced Media Control with Epson printers.)

Find my resource on Ink Limit here.

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Print test patches to determine when maximum black is achieved and when separation is lost.

Print A Target To Determine How Much To Lighten Shadows
Before you adjust your files for printing precisely determine how much you need to lighten your deep shadows by printing a target. While they vary a little, most media settings lose shadow detail around a value of 96% on a grayscale. If you print patches of values between 100% and 90% you’ll see exactly where you lose shadow detail. Printed results will vary slightly with each different media setting, so you’ll need to adjust files slightly differently for different media.

You can download my targets here.

Next Adjust Your File


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The Caponigros – Two Generations Of Photographers

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In this video my father and I share insights into our creative lives and our passion for printing.

View photographs here.

Find quotes here.

Read Q&A here.

Find conversations here.

View the catalog for our exhibit here.

Learn more in my digital printing workshops.

Free Printing Seminars At Photo Plus NYC 2017 10/26-28

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PhotoPlus Expo brings together over 200 of your favorite international brands under one roof. See all the latest imaging products, previews, and more. PhotoPlus offers a wealth of seminars, panels, and reviews. Many manufacturer’s booths offer free seminars.
I’ll be presenting at the Epson booth.
Thursday, October 26
11-11:30    Julianne Kost
12-12:30   Mac Holbert
1-1:30       John Paul Caponigro
2-2:30      Mac Holbert
3-3:30      John Paul Caponigro
4-4:30      Vincent Versace
Friday, October 27
11-11:30    Julianne Kost
12-12:30   Mac Holbert
1-1:30       John Paul Caponigro
2-2:30      Matt Koslowski
3-3:30      Vincent Versace
Saturday, October 28
11-11:30   Matt Koslowski
12-12:30  Vincent Versace
1-1:30      Matt Koslowski
2-2:30     Vincent Versace