Do you ever wonder why your photos look much better on the screen than they do on the paper when printed or after you post them online? Well, the answer is simple: a lot of sharpening gets lost on a high-resolution print or when saved for web. If you are printing your own images than you know you need to calibrate your equipment (monitors, cameras, printers) in order to get the same image you see on the screen printed on the paper or canvas. If you are sending your images to a photo lab to print them, you should know how to prepare them before you upload them for printing. It’s simple. Open your image in Photoshop, go under Edit menu and select Convert to Profile. Under Destination Space select Working RGB-sRGB IEC61966-2.1; click OK and that’s it.
This simple step will most likely get you the best results from your photo lab. If you are not sure which format your photo lab uses, give them a call or send them email and ask them how would they like you to prepare your photos for printing. If you are publishing your photos online, this is the way to go as well. You will also need to sharpen your images for the printing as well as for the web use. The way I do it is: Go under Filter and choose Sharpen, under Sharpen select Unsharp mask.
- Amount: 200% (you can go all the way up to 400% if the image is blurry)
- Radius: around 0.3 pixels
- Treshold: 0 levels
After I hit Enter, I go to Edit menu immediately and select Fade Unsharp Mask.
From the drop menu I select Luminosity and apply the sharpening to the image luminosity. This way the color will not be sharped again.
That’s it! I’d be happy to see you using this tip!