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Using Lightroom to create print-ready files

6th June 2013 | Technical

If you’re an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (or later) user you can use the included Print module to layout your image(s) exactly how you want and prepare a file for printing with the highest quality results. Sophisticated layouts can be created in Lightroom with ease and a lot of flexibility. Your layout could be just a single image placed exactly how you want on the paper or multiple images/copies arranged however you like, even overlapping. After you’ve tweaked your images and done the layout the following will explain how to create a JPEG file you can upload to Macquarie Editions’ site for subsequent printing.

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Print Care Instructions

5th November 2012 | Technical

Careful handling of your prints is essential to ensure their optimum presentation and avoid costly reprints (at full price). If they’re to be framed/mounted it’s best to take them directly to your framer. Allowing time for the prints to cure is also highly recommended (plan for this instead of submitting your work at the last minute). Lastly, when collecting your prints bring an appropriately sized portfolio case to transport them safely. (more…)

Preparing your files for printing

30th July 2009 | Technical

The following general guidelines for image preparation will ensure that you get the best results from your images: (more…)

Lobster 2.0

1st January 2009 | Technical

Most books on Photoshop will tell you that Curves is the way to edit the tonality (and colour) of your images. What they don’t mention is that an edit with the composite RGB curve (the “RGB” channel) performs as you’d expect only for neutral colours (R=G=B). The further you move away from this neutral axis, the greater the distortions are. These distortions manifest themselves as unwanted changes to saturation and even hue. (more…)

Colour Spaces

30th December 2008 | Technical

Colour spaces are the source for a lot of confusion. This is a rewrite of an earlier explanation and is aimed at practical usage for post-processing and distribution of your images. The intention here is to cover just the important points. Links for more information can be found at the bottom.

A RGB colour space (called Working Space when editing the file in Adobe Photoshop) gives definition to an image’s values (or coordinates) within that space. Both the values (eg. 255,0,0) and space (e.g. sRGB) are required to define the actual colour. A RGB file provided without specification of its colour space isn’t useful. (more…)