Digital Printing Start-Up Guide (Digital Process and Print) by Harald Johnson

By Harald Johnson

Springing at once from the electronic images revolution, "Digital Printing Start-Up advisor" walks newbie and intermediate readers throughout the means of digitally printing and sharing their pictures. Differing from different books, this is often the 1st on-the-shelves ebook to hide this topic from a non-branded viewpoint. through introducing the fundamentals of photo construction, enhancing, and printing; explaining the benefits and downsides of inkjet and different electronic printing applied sciences; and exhibiting readers the right way to make greater electronic prints, this sensible consultant bargains suggestion on bettering the electronic imaging and photo-printing technique. the power to percentage and print images digitally with top of the range is taken into account probably the most very important shopper traits on this planet at the present time. the massive good fortune of its dad or mum e-book, "Mastering electronic Printing", is an instance of electronic photography's transforming into recognition. various from its mother or father ebook, this new booklet concentrates on picture printing in preference to fine-art printing. With lots of sidebars, charts, diagrams, and images illustrating the book's contents, this advisor can be utilized as a standalone and likewise because the excellent better half for "Mastering electronic Printing".

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However, if you are printing normal bitmapped files to your own non-PostScript printer (which is what most desktop printers are), you won’t need it. RIPs. A Raster Image Processor (RIP) can give you a significant amount of control over certain aspects of your output, but only if you are an advanced user. “Ripping” includes telling the printhead where and how to place the dots and remapping the RGB colors to CMYK or whichever subtractive colors are used. Optional RIPs are available from print device manufacturers or from third-party sources.

Ripping” includes telling the printhead where and how to place the dots and remapping the RGB colors to CMYK or whichever subtractive colors are used. Optional RIPs are available from print device manufacturers or from third-party sources. When a RIP is called on, it takes over the functions of the regular printer driver. Do you need a RIP? As with PostScript, it all depends. For normal desktop printing of bitmapped images, no. But, if you want access to advanced color management with individual ink-limits and channel controls, if your files are very large or complex, if you need to print to unusual output sizes, if you have PostScript elements in your file, or if your printing crosses over into the commercial prepress world at all, then you will want a RIP.

The key point here is that you don’t need more printer resolution than you need. Normal people will stand back to view a large image, and they will get up close to view a small one. This means that larger or fewer dots are more acceptable on big prints destined to be viewed from further back. Viewing distance can have an impact on the choice of printer resolution. (James Mollison’s James and Other Apes inkjet print exhibition at the 2004 Arles Rencontres Photo Festival) Viewing distance, however, is only one-half the story.

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