Step 3: Sharpen Image

Now — and only after the image has been sized to its final size should you sharpen the image, as shown in Technique 12. If you are picky about the quality of your images, you should now print an image to make any decisions about whether the image was enlarged or sharpened too much. While making decisions about how a print will look by looking at a monitor is easy, looking at a print will make the best decisions.

Next time you need to increase the size of an image, remember: It depends, experiment, and don't judge the effects of up-sampling or sharpening by looking at your monitor if you are printing the image — print it — then judge the results.

USING AN ICC PROFILE WHEN PRINTING WITH AN EPSON 880/1280 PRINTER

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ABOUT THE IMAGE

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Purple & Yellow Iris on Green Canon EOS ID digital camera on tripod, 300mm f/2.8 IS with 25mm extension tube, ISO 200, RAW image quality setting, f/8.0 @ 1/25, 1648 x 2464 pixels, slightly edited and converted to 8-bits per channel,12.2MB .tif

For me — to a very great extent — photography is the print! No matter what subject I shoot, what kind of camera I use, what image editor or plug-in I use, or what fancy editing techniques I apply, if the print is no good — neither is the rest of the process I used to create it. Consequently, the printer is a very important part of photography for me, and probably for you, too. For this reason, I will be bold and speak my opinion. At the time this book went to press, the Epson Stylus Photo 880/1280 printers were arguably the best photographic printers on the market that cost less than a $1,000. These printers were the best in terms of image quality and print longevity when used with the correct inks and media.

My expectations are, that by the time you read this book, the just-announced Epson Stylus Photo 2200P pigmented inkjet printer will be even better — but different and so you may still want a 880/1280 printer — or maybe one of each! To get the best results from these printers or other photographic printers, you need to have an ICC color profile for a specific ink and media combination. Epson recently introduced their most highly touted media — new ColorLife photo quality paper. They have also used some of the finest color profiling tools available to create an ICC profile for the inks and the ColorLife paper. In this technique, you find out how to print by using the ColorLife ICC profile and the ColorLife paper to make excellent prints.

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