Whichever way I cut it, there’s no fast way to learn how to print well.
And of course, the image you want to print has to be good to start with (which is what my Tonal Relationships and Digital Darkroom e-books are all about). So this e-Book is all about how to use the technology to print well, with a bit of personal experience rolled in.
I’ve completed the first draft of the e-book and it’s over 110 pages. When I got down to it, I needed to put in a lot of walk-through’s for things that you will want to keep coming back to as a reference.
Just using the Epson print driver is a task upon itself. I’m undecided if they intentionally made it so convoluted. And then just learning about proofing and what all the options are for that, and how you should mirror the same proof settings in the print driver… etc. etc.
Then there are colour profiles. You’ve got to understand them. Just so you know why the colour of a file may change, and what to do about it. Plus sharpening, and monitor profiling……
And not forgetting that printing is really part of the editing stage. If you don’t print, you haven’t completed your edits. Because no matter how much you trust your monitor, or how well it’s calibrated, you’ll still see things in print that aren’t so obvious on the monitor.
It just seemed to become a project that kept growing.
But I’ve tried my best to keep it to the absolute minimum that you need to know.
I’ve also put in a lot of personal tips on how to get the best prints - things to consider when resizing, maximising the luminosity of the actual print, and evaluating them under advisable conditions.
I just have to review the text a couple more times, then send out some copies for further review, and hopefully the e-book isn’t too far away from being complete.