On copyright (US)

on copyright. First: INAL (I’m not a laywer.)I have, however,  read and closely followed copyright for a decade or more. Here are some quick, general points: “Prior to what year are works in the public domain?”1923. (It’s 2008 now, and with extensions, copyright attaches for 95 years.) In general, for works created on or after January 1, 1978, the term of copyright is the life of the author plus seventy.. Read More

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Fast, excellent raw file viewer

Need a fast and accurate camera raw file viewer? This one, cleverly named “FastRawViewer” is well worth a look, not to mention the extremely modest fee: http://www.fastrawviewer.com/ Scroll to the bottom of the page for some reviews by names you’ll likely recognize. The same folks wrote RawDigger, so they know whereof the speak… (so to speak…) Highly recommended. Tracywww.valleau.gallery

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DPI, PPI, pixels and size

It’s surprising how often I see a call-out, a request, for a digital image something like “2000 x 3000 @ 72 dpi”. That’s actually nonsense. A digital image’s size is its size, period. “2000 x 3000 @ 72 dpi” or “2000 x 3000 @ 300 dpi” is not going to change the size of the file. The file is 2000 x 3000. What it does do is say “If I print this.. Read More

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Monitor checking / test

Here: http://www.aardenburg-imaging.com/monitorchecker/ is a great Photoshop file, with several layers, each of which you can view on your monitor as an aid in determining how well your monitor is calibrated and profiled. Highly recommended. Free, but requires an email sign-up. I joined them several years ago, and get an email once every blue moon. (Oh, and if you’re of a mind, join and make a contribution while you’re there…)

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Fixing over-sharpened images in Photoshop

Here are two approaches to fixing over-sharpened images in Photoshop. Both rely on the blending mode you are using. The first is “before the fact” – that is, if you have not sharpened the image yet, do this: 1) duplicate the image, which will place an identical copy above your base layer. 2) do your sharpening on that duplicated layer. If the sharpening produces the dreaded white halo, do this:.. Read More

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Extrapolation: is the printer driver the same or better at enlargements?

I’ve seen this all over the web: “Don’t bother with fancy and expensive extrapolation software. Just let the printer driver do the enlargement. It’s just as good, if not better.” Overly optimistic, I’d say… but you tell me. Below is the same image extrapolated to 300% of the original size. On the left is the work of PhotoZoom Pro v6, and on the right is the Epson 9890 driver. The.. Read More

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borderless printing on an Epson 9890 – solved

I’ve had trouble getting a 24” borderless print on my Epson 9890. No matter what I did, it was off by at least an eighth of an inch, (and often more) cause me to lose details on the edge, not to mention ending up with a print that was less than 24” wide.    In many cases, this would not be much of an issue, but my work is art.. Read More

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“Up-Rez” – “Extrapolation” or just “enlarge”…

  … regardless of what you call it, it’s making a digital image larger, so you can print a bigger version than your camera’s native resolution allows. Epson printers want 360 dpi, and others want 300 dpi for the best results. (If you’re printing on canvas, you can go down to 240 dpi.) But what if you want to print a 44” wide photo? You have to enlarge it, and.. Read More

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How to release the head on an Epson 7890 – 9890

The old “turn it on, and yank the power cord” is hardly the safest way to release the print head on an extremely expensive printer. Here’s the correct way to do it (no dangerous moves required) :   Start in service mode*   select self-testing -> met Adjustment -> PG Adj   Press OK while Un Cap is displayed.   That releases the head.   When you are done, press.. Read More

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Printing a printer profile target on OS X.

Most of you know that it’s not any longer conveniently possible to print a file with absolutely NO color management tweaking the colors. Between Apple, Adobe and Epson, there just isn’t a simple and obvious way to print out a sample target for reading with your ColorMunki or i1 Photo Pro. There are three, in fact. One is well-known: get Adobe’s Color Printer Utility, which is free from them at:.. Read More

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