I'd like to make a suggestion about some content in the video that
needs to be clarified. Perhaps you could put up a small article or
Jeff Schewe rightly mentions the use of just one master file ("the new
way of working"), and prepping it for output (targetting it) as needed
using a file with a natural resolution between 180 and 480 ppi.
I'm clear on the concepts; however, there are two issues that, to my
mind, weren't clear in the video:
Sharpening (using Photokit Output Sharpener ) for this master file. Do
I need to sharpen a different version for each output size before
printing (i.e., say if I want to print an 8x10, 4x5, etc) at different
resolutions (not resampling the native resolution, but simply changing
the image size in Photoshop)? Since Photokit Output Sharpener wants to
know the final image size, I take it this is necessary, requiring
multiple copies of the image with different output sharpening for
different output sizes.
This leads me to my next question: If you want to prepare everything
in Photoshop (sharpening) and then print from Lightroom what is the
optimal way to do this if the output file size is going to vary? Say I
want to fill a page with varies sizes of the same or different images.
I am assuming that I don't want to use Lightroom's output sharpening
(and I understand that I should turn off the resolution/interpolation
option in Lightroom), but how should these images be prepared in
Photoshop with Photokit Output Sharpener if the final print sizes of
the file will vary when printed in Lightroom. Obviously I could do
this on an individual basis in Photoshop, but would like to take
advantage of Lightroom's superior printing (assuming I do the
soft-proofing and corrections in Photoshop previously).
I really think the video deals with individual steps nicely but didn't
bring it all together in a summary to show what an optimum workflow
would be assuming that most users would be using:
Photokit Output Sharpener
My other question regards printing with an Epson printer (R2400) from
Windows and Photoshop CS3. Namely, the output will vary (colors,
tonality) even when you use Photoshop to Manage the colors, depending
on your Working RGB. I find I have more difficulties printing
correctly to the Epson with a ProPhoto Working Space versus setting it
to sRGB or Adobe RGB even if the embedded profile is ProPhoto. In
fact, the most consistent (best) method seems to be to use sRGB as the
Working Space and Convert to Profile using the Epson Paper/Ink profile
and turning all management off in Photoshop and the printer driver.
It's easy enough to test by taking the same image and trying the two
or three Working Spaces. Sometimes the ProPhoto results are simply
terrible. I would expect the output to be very similar if the image
retained the same color profile throughout.
Maybe Jeff Schewe could answer this one because it seems to be an
Epson/Photoshop specific issue.
In general I enjoyed the video. I think an overall summary workflow
video with just screenshots would be useful to everyone though.