Did you make your work print yet this week? I did a revised version of a shot from the Highway 89 project that I want to give as a gift. The earlier one had “issues” with cropping, and I’m glad I left enough time to redo it.
Instead of doing the things that would contribute to successful peddling of books, I made a new test print file to share. What’s it good for? When I’m trying a new paper, printer, or color profile, I like having something standard to make test prints. It reduces the variables from “what’s wrong with my prized image file on this printer?” to “what’s happening here compared to other printer/paper/profile combinations?” Print this first, get the printing workflow kinks worked out, then go for it with confidence on the masterpiece. That’s my theory, and I have a drawer full of test prints to refer to when things go wrong.
You can buy a standard file, but it’s easy enough to make. I like having an 11 step black-to-white ramp and a smooth gradient to check for banding and blocking up of the highlights and shadows. I made a file similar to this ages ago, but my tastes in post-processing, especially skin tones, has changed so much that I don’t want my prints to look like that test sheet today.
So if you need something to print for this week’s Print-a-week challenge, I have put this file in its 300 dpi glory on Flickr for you to download and try out. Better yet, make your own using your images, because that’s what you’ll be printing from here on out.
If you made a print this week, how did it turn out? What did you learn? What are you printing next?