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Episode 201: Brent Bergherm and Liam Douglas Discuss How and Why to Print Your Photos

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In this episode Brent Bergherm and Liam Douglas sit down and talk about why you should print your photos and how to do it right. There are a lot of components to consider when printing your images to do it right and get great results and Brent is an expert on this topic.

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Latitude Photo School

His next Shoot and Print Workshop here if you want to sign up

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Get his free Printing Work Flow Guide here


Getting good consistent color is the goal. Monitor calibration is critical and get- ting the right profiles for the paper helps you get consistent color.

• Follow the X-Rite or Spyder soft- ware instructions for monitor cali- bration. Use defaults to begin with, consider making changes if things just aren’t coming out right.

• If you’re using specialty paper, download the ICC profiles and in- stall them so your imaging software can use them. Follow the instruc- tions they provide.

Step 2: Capture Processing
This step is for assessing technical quality of the image and determining if it’s

even worth the effort to print. I look for the following:

• Lens corrections • White balance correction
• Chromatic aberration corrections • Sharpness check, only to verify that

• Checking the Histogram

Step 3: Creative Processing

the file will work.

Once step two is complete, I move on to making any edits necessary to achieve my vision. This usually includes but is not limited to:

  • Exposure adjustments
  • Saturation and other global color adjustments
  • Clarity and texture

• Adjustment brush and graduated tool for local changes

• Creative sharpening decisions • Anything in Photoshop

Over for more


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Printing Workflow

Cheat Sheet Step 1: Calibrate Monitor, ICC Paper Profiles


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Printing Workflow

Step 4: Output Sharpening

This work is done in Photoshop. This is the part where I like to get picky. It’s time to size the photo and make the right sharpening adjustments:

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Cheat Sheet


  • Open the image in Photoshop for ultimate control over output sharp- ening settings.
  • Use the crop tool to size the image to the proper WxHxR
    i.e. 8×10 @ 240 ppi
  • Save the image with “8×10 Print” or something similar in the file name. You can come back to it anytime you want to make another print.
  • Convert your image layer in PS to a smart object.Step 5: Printing
    Time to make it beautiful!
  • Print the image through Photoshop, select “Photoshop Manages Colors” and be sure to select the proper paper profile.
  • Use “Relative” for rendering intent.

• Apply the Unsharp Mask Amount: 100 +/-
Radius: 1/2 of 1% of resolution (i.e. 1.2) Threshold: about 8-10 for a standard scene

• Amount = strength of sharpening

• Radius = how far from the
defined edge the sharpening effect is applied

• Threshold = How different neigh- boring pixels have to be before sharpening is even applied

• Save the file before printing.

• In Print Settings, be sure to select the proper Media Type setting ac- cording to the paper manufacturer.

• Print and enjoy!

Step 6: Consider changes
Take your print and consider the following. Should sharpening be adjusted?

Should creative edits be altered? Revisit those and print again until it’s perfect!


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