Monthly Meetup

  • February 28, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • ITT Technical Institute

At last month's meeting, we took an in-depth look at layers and masks. This topic can and is a bit daunting at first. I promise, it does get a bit easier with practice and repetition.

As we start the new year, we will continue our look at Layers and Masks, with an emphasis on making selections. I will show you my favorite selection techniques and how they can be used to fine tune your image editing tasks.

We will also show some basic image editing down in both Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom.

See you on the 24th!

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  • Alan K.

    John, another suggestion is to see if Jones will tell you what paper they print on. My un-educated guess is it's Epson, but no matter who supplies the paper, you should be able to go to those company's websites and download the profiles. If you're not printing yourself you can still use those profiles when you Proof in Photoshop. That will help, assuming you've got a good calibration on a consistent / even monitor, and you keep it up-to-date. I recheck my MacBook Pro Retina display and my EIZO CG210 monitor every two weeks, with a full re-calibration every 2 months. I'd bet I being lazy with that timeline. I use a Spyder Elite4 by Datacolor, it sits on my desk taking ambient light readings every 30 minutes. When / if the room gets too bright or dark the calibration may still be accurate but it will look different.

    Getting into Color Management is a wonderful exercise in learning what it takes to get the highest quality prints from your printer ;~), you're in for a great ride!

    February 25, 2014

    • John I.

      Thanks for your reply. I don't have a printer at home, so I will be sending my photos out for printing. I do have a good monitor and colorimeter and I have calibrated and profiled my monitor. I understand how to do soft proofing in Photoshop and Lightroom. So the next step is to find a good (local?) print shop who will provide ICC profiles for various printer/paper combinations and allow customers to do their own color management. Now that you mention it, I recall hearing about Jones at the meetup. I will give them a try. Thanks!

      February 25, 2014

  • Alan K.

    John, are asking for icc profiles that YOU can use on your printer?
    I'm just curios, this came up before and I made a comment that when I was getting "custom ICC profiles" made for my Epson 4800 I paid $25 to $50 for EACH paper I used in my printing. To be really accurate you should even get NEW custom profiles when you change an ink cart on your printer, but that's going over top for me ;~).

    A member, Bill Peckat, told me awhile back that Jones Photo was the best printer in town. I've not used them myself, but Bill did show me a large print, 20x30", that was beautiful! That was before I brought my printer here to Tucson. These days I've settled on just a couple of paper types and have had great results using the "canned profiles" I'd get from Ilford, Crane and Hahnemühle. If Jones Photo is making & using their own profiles you really can't expect them to just hand them over, IMHO ;~). They've invested in the equipment to make profiles, which is not a small investment.

    February 25, 2014

  • John I.

    Any suggestions for the best place to have prints made? I'm just getting into color management and want to let Photoshop manage color, so I'm looking for a shop that provides ICC profiles.

    February 25, 2014

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