Printing Your Series
And let's take a look at a few details that you might wanna consider. Now, when I calibrate my monitor. Calibration is when you set the colors and tonality of your monitor, to be true to print. And when I calibrate my monitor, I personally use X-Rite ColorMunki Display software, that's just me. And you might have another software that you like, and that's okay too, but I really like X-Rite, and it's super simple. I mean most monitor calibration will be fairly straightforward, depending on how advanced it is. But this one's really user friendly. Plug it in, I set this device on top of my screen, it reads the colors, it does a blinky thing for five minutes, and then it's done. So, it's really, really, simple, I only do it about once a month. And that's it. So, I always my monitor. Might be a good idea to ask what your printer uses. Just say, what software do you use, to calibrate your monitor, and then see if you can match that to your printer, and then you'll have few problems, probably...
, when you're sending your files off, to get printed. And then, do you have a laptop versus a home computer, how are you working, make sure that you're calibrating each device, and recognize, that, if you have let's say a laptop, that's just not as powerful, not as good as your desktop, it may never match, with the colors, it may never match with the tonality, exactly. So, I would say, make sure that you have a computer that is capable of showing true colors, and then edit from that device, more than you would a cheap laptop, probably. I had a cheap laptop, and my colors looked crazy desaturated all the time. And then it was really hard, because I was editing for that device, versus another device. Something else that I wanna point out though, is not just going to print, and making sure the your images look how we want in print, but from one device to the other, I actually really like having a device that is not calibrated, so that, whenever I'm done, I finish an image, I've got my edit, I feel really good about it. I can then send it to my email, or send it to that device somehow, and look at it on my uncalibrated device, so that I can see potentially what other people will be seeing, if they're not calibrated. Now, this is not something that you have to do, but, I get really freaked out, knowing that some people have really desaturated monitors, and some people have really saturated monitors, and I just generally wanna know. Maybe to find a happy medium, or just to be aware that this image is going to look drastically different on different screens. How do we choose a paper? We're gonna get ourselves some paper. And in order to that, there are many, many factors that you wanna consider, and I'm actually going to open up a sample pack of paper here. And, this is, I asked for a sample pack a paper from Breathing Color, because that's my paper company, so I use Breathing Color, and I thought that would be nice just to share a little bit. No. Okay, and so let's take a look. We've got a number of things inside this packet, and they send a bunch of things, such as this is an aluminum print, which isn't going to show very well on camera, but they're just showing a sample of everything that they offer, different ways of printing. And then, they send basically every single paper that they offer as a sample. So, if I open this up. I have got access to tons and tons of different papers. Oh, they're very nice, printable side up. That's for me, a note for me, who does not know how to print anything. And within this, I can feel all the different types of papers, I can see the different levels of texture, and they have each one labeled. So this is pure smooth, and I can that this is a less textured paper, than the one that I'm using personally. And each one, I can just go through, pull it out, look at the name, and test. And then, see what the difference are. This one has a different weight on it, has a little bit more texture. It's like, I can't really bend it, just flop away here. And so, that's really good to test. And then we have a bunch of other papers in here, that are more cotton-y, that's a word now. And, a little bit more canvas. So these are going be just a whole different thing. So, they're super textured, you can see this one's called Silverado. And it just gives you a really good sense of what it feels, how bendable it is, how dentable it is, how scratchable it is, and these are really important things to consider. Because, once you choose your paper, you're pretty much stuck with your paper. So, even though it feels really bad, to take a paper and to go like that with your nail, and see it how it scratches, or to sort of like dent it and see how it dents, which it just won't, pretty much. Dent, I'm denting it, there we go, I dented it. So, it's good to do though, just to see how destructible it is. If you are going with a glossy paper, for example, you're probably gonna have an easier time denting it. Or scratching it, or bending it. Whereas something like this is just a lot thicker. So, this is really fun to play with. And I'll pass this around to you guys in a bit, so you can actually touch and feel it, but I would really recommend, ordering a couple of sample packs, just from a couple of different companies. And touching it, and feeling it, and test printing on it. And you should be able to bring a sample pack to any printer, and say, "Can you please run a couple of my images through the paper, "that I have, so we can see what's best?" Okay. Now, the other thing with sample paper, when you're getting some test prints done, when you're choosing a paper, is always consider that different images will print differently. So, if you're starting to think to yourself, "Hmm, how do I choose the right paper, "I've got my sample pack, what do I print on it?" I would recommend printing a range of things. Two to three different images. A really, really dark image, a really light image, a really saturated image, just to see how color picks up, how darkness picks up, how lightness picks up on the different papers, and see how that goes. Now, do the same thing for printing methods as well, if you're not sure what type of printer to go with. Try the same thing, but we aware, that something dark might print a lot differently than something light, versus something that's saturated. So, how're we choosing paper? We're looking at sizes, size of the paper, how big does the paper come? Flat versus rolled, is the paper going to come in a roll, or is it only available flat? That could change the pricing of the paper. The texture of the paper. Most important one in my opinion, based on the size. If it's really small, you're gonna see more texture, so just be aware, that when you are testing paper, you might wanna do something tiny just to see if it's too much texture on such a small print. The weight of the paper. How heavy is it, and you saw me flapping like a bird, so, is it, is it less destructible or more destructible, based on the weight? The color of the paper. And we've discussed this, such as bright white, white, I forget all the ones that there are. Yellow white, no, that's not one, I'm just kidding. But, all these different colors, I think there were like five or seven named ones, but we did talk about that. Eco-friendliness of the paper. So, is it sustainable? Is it not? Where is this paper being sourced from? Is it available to your printer? So, is it compatible, is it some that can be shipped easily to whoever it is you're using? And the price. Is it expensive paper, or not? And this is something to consider, in case you're on a budget, or you just don't, you can't afford all that paper, something to consider. Now, we have talked about c-type prints vs giclee prints. So, we'll just run over that one more time, in case you're getting yourself prepared today. So, printing method, what you're gonna think about is the cost of the printing method, which we have talked about the c-type prints, tend to be a little bit more costly. Longevity, giclees tend to have more longevity. Is it eco-friendly or not? The c-type prints as we know, is a wet type of printing so that's going to be less eco friendly. Does it have a greater color spectrum, one over the other. Giclee tends to have a greater color spectrum. What is the availability of it? Can you find a printer that will do giclee, can you find a printer that can do c-type. That's going to make a big difference. And then time until delivery, now I find that neither one nor the other has a big enough margin, that it's going to really sway me, one way or the other. But something to consider.