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Printing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Tim Daly

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CHAPTER 9

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Evaluating Prints

What Makes a Good Print?

Taking a stunning digital photograph is only one half of the task; making a print that does it justice is far more time-consuming and never happens by accident. The definition of a good photographic print is identical for both digital and silver-based photographs. Good prints exhibit a rich tonal range between small areas of full black shadows and clean white highlights; fine details are present and visible without needing to scrutinize at close distance. Finally, the principle subject should be clearly emphasized using variations in light and dark to direct the viewer’s attention away from ...

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