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The Art of Printing Photos on Your Epson Printer Paperback – 28 Sep 2009
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From the Back Cover
Looking to print and sell photographs, or print photos for your own creative expression? The Art of Printing Photos on Your Epson Printer is a comprehensive guide to the techniques of fine-art photographic printing and the first book to focus on both the technical and creative aspects together. It gives in-depth coverage of all the latest advances in printer paper and ink technology -- and how to make the most of them -- and even offers practical advice on producing and selling fine-art photographic prints! Written by Michael Freeman, the celebratedauthor of The Photographer's Eye, this book is another must-have for any digital photographer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
JOHN BEARDSWORTH is a photographer and writer with a wealth of experience photographing both digitally and on film. He is the author of Step-by-Step Digital Black-and-White Photography, Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook, Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook, Digital Photographer's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Advanced Digital Black & White Photography.
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This book is a step above a basic introduction to printing, but no more than intermediate. There are many clear illustrations and good reference to a range of printing related issues. I think it is actually very difficult to produce a reference to printing which will not be out-dated quickly, due to the rate of advances in technology. Michael Freeman has made a reasonable stab at it (typos aside!), but this will not last long and will not meet all the needs of someone looking for advanced information.
So you will find these chapters: 1-PRINTER AND INKS, 2-PAPER, 3-COLOR MANAGEMENT, 4-PRINT COMPARISONS, 5-THE CRAFT, 6-PRESENTATION AND DISPLAY.
The layout is beautiful, and there are many nice pictures and explanations. The only problem about this book is that it does not deliver
what it promises: the best from you printer. Let me explain what I found out. Page 84 is about Software setup and resolution. Any digital image
will have alpha x beta pixels, a resolution measured in pixels per inch, and a size: Width x Height. (In fact if you divide alpha by Width you will get
resolution). A picture you want to print will probably have a different size than the "native" size of you image, so you will have to resample it.
(It is better to do it in Photoshop than to let your printer do it)
Usually (but not necessarily) you will reduce it. So the author is suggesting that you set the resolution to 300 pixels/inch.
Apparently though, from research done on the internet most Epsons have a "Native" resolution of 720 pixels/inch.
This means that the optimal setting will be 720 pixels/inch (or at least a multiple of this figure like 360/inch), otherwise the printer
will have to "resample"/"interpolate" and the quality will be reduced. Anyway, I did try it on my Epson and with help from a magnifying lens I could
clearly see the difference between 300 and 720 dpi.
(So honestly...not alot of difference but still enough that it could be seen; why shouldn't I be getting the most when I just have to type a number?)
Now what disturbs me most is that the author doesn't even have a clue about the 720 dpi number, and I wonder
how much he really knows about these printers and how to get the most from them.
If such information is not covered or even mentioned in this 192 page book, where will I find it? Does this book deserve to call itself: "The art
of printing"?. Are the authors really masters of this Art? I leave the answer to you.
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