Printing From Lightroom®
So let's go over to Lightroom real quick. We've already been in there, so you've seen this before. Let's go to a color image here and it's a little different where these things are at, but they're all the same dialogues. So go to Page Setup. You know, we're choosing the printer. Here, let's just say we're choosing 17x22 inch paper, which is what we have back here for this Canon paper. We had some massive 17x22 inch sheets. So I'm going to click okay. And Print Settings. This is the same dialogue that we had in Photoshop and the one we just went through in the Canon print module, but here it's a little simplified for the Canon printer. It's Media & Quality. You know, this is very simplified. It automatically feeds, figures out where the paper's coming from. It automatically figures out what type of paper it uses, which all sounds great, but it's not gonna produce a good print. So this is a very simplified version of the print module for Canon that's too simplified. Honestly, we trie...
d printing out of this and it did not work very well. If I'm on an Epson, it's a little bit different and it's more like the Canon print module we're using for this print. Okay, something happened. (click) Okay, sorry. I was just noticing that it wasn't making the print, so I thought, "We should get that going." And now it's making the print, so it's good. But coming back, you know, for Epson, it's a little different layouts. Color matching up here, you'll notice, it's grayed out so that the Epson printer would not be controlling the color. I'm gonna do that within here in the dialogue farther down, but you can go to Printer Settings and here's where you would choose whatever paper you're using, like premium photo semi-gloss paper is what Ilford tells me to use for the Ilford Gold Fibre Silk. And then you'd choose whether it's 16 bit and here's where you'd choose 2880 dpi or 1440. I usually stick at 1440. I usually don't do high speed printing because that lowers the quality and then finest detail does make a difference here for Epsons. And then you'd click save and then this whole right panel over here is where you actually set up how big your image is gonna be on this sheet of 17x22 inch paper. And they have guides and stuff. All this stuff. So I can choose to have one inch for all of these. If I want to make the image bigger on that piece of paper and something's restricting it, okay, so we need to make this height is 22. Okay. And that's 17. So there we go. Now it's a little bit bigger and you can actually just move the sliders to change how big your print is on that piece of paper. So it's very intuitive here in Lightroom. There's a lot of sliders and stuff. The reality is, all this stuff you don't really need unless you're gonna start overlaying your logo on the print or you can set up templates for your prints if you print 8 1/2 x 11s at a certain size. If you do printing often of certain sizes, you can just set it up in a template over there and that way you just click one button and it's all done for you and it remembers everything, all the way down here to what rendering intent, what color space, sharpening, everything. So, continuing down here. So i just skipped over a whole bunch of this stuff in the middle. For most people, it's not gonna matter. That's like extra add-ons to your print. You can do draft mode printing, but you probably don't want to do that with an image because it's not going to look very good at all. File resolution, you choose whatever you want here. And then you choose your sharpening. JPEG quality, I think that's if you're outputting the image. And then here, we're definitely not doing sRGB. We've gotta go in and choose our color profile for this paper, this printer, that ink. And again, we can choose our Ilford Canon Pro- and I would choose relative here instead of perceptual. The one thing I will bring up here, this print adjustment. So if you need to touch that print adjustment, that tells me your color management is off. So this is a fudge factor at the bottom here. This is a massive fudge factor. Like, that's telling me: A, Your monitor is not calibrated or profiled. Tells me, B, you're not looking at your prints in calibrated light that's the right brightness.