Fundamentals for Great Prints


To see a photograph at it's most powerful it needs to be printed. In this course, Mike Hagen will teach the basics of printing amazing photos. He'll cover settings and exports to print from Lightroom® and Photoshop®. The different sizes and aspect ratios to consider as well as how to sharpen for best quality. He'll show the different considerations for choosing the best paper and more. Start building your print portfolio with these essential tips in getting quality prints.



  • This is a good fundamentals class. Mike is an excellent teacher. If you are just starting printing, this would be a good choice. If you are more experienced at printing it is probably too shallow. I thought the price of the class was high for the time and detail of the lessons.
  • Good solid fundamentals class for beginners. If you're a fairly seasoned pro wanting to refine your output techniques, you'll probably find this class too general. It concentrates on the basics of achieving a good image with a basic overview of printer settings and Adobe output dialog boxes.
  • Unfortunately this class feels rushed,non-optimised and incomplete. The instructor projects a sense of expertise but often glosses over important questions. Moreover, many topics that seem endemic to this class are relegated to a mythical 'next class'. Why? Why isn't it here? Here, you will not learn about soft proofing, monitor calibration, printer calibration, extensive software suite (e.g. working in Canon's own software), framing, storage, and a myriad of other topics. Certain sections feel especially cheap. For example, when choosing paper types, Mike shows 2 examples comparing 2 paper types side by side. Fair enough, but that doesn't really do much when he himself mentioned 5 or 6 different paper types and he only has 2 examples? I know printing is expensive but surely this class should count as an investment which justifies printing at least 5 or 10 different images, on all different papers so that the students can have 25 or 50 different datapoints. In his defense, perhaps he simply did not have the time. It seems this class was one of those shorter 'photo week' classes that are done in one afternoon. Still, it feels more like what they wanted to do was split the content across multiple classes rather than have one comprehensive bootcamp. Better tutorials on YouTube.