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From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color Workflow

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color WorkflowLearn to achieve the color results you have always wanted through a solid, easy-to-follow system of working with color. Instructor Richard Lynch, a longtime Photoshop and Elements veteran and author, will lead you on your way to getting the color right. This exciting 4-week online course help you start tackling decisions about your color workflow, and finally understand how color management affects your outcome. Find out how to calibrate your monitor, make solid color management choices, and test the process by making prints that prove the results.

Key Features

  1. Seeing the Color Right; Calibrating Your Monitor 
  2. Setting Up Color Management; Making Choices for Profiling
  3. Making Color Corrections, Repairs and Enhancements
  4. Putting the Process Together; Selecting a Service and Making Test Prints

  • Master the mysteries of color management, monitor calibration and using color profiles.
  • Calibrate your monitor and make a custom ICC profile for your system.
  • Test the color management workflow that you establish by making high-quality light-process prints.
  • Note: This course has been adapted - with updated lessons! - from Richard's 8-week From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Workflow class.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Richard  Lynch Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch has written 9 books on Photoshop and image editing. His expertise was born following interests in photography and design, honed as the editor and designer of a photography book publishing house and perfected by working with his own images. His photographic techniques and Photoshop work are steeped in darkroom tradition and photographic theory. He has spent more than 20 years adapting the darkroom to solid digital techniques, and is confident that he can make any image more than it was when it was shot using the digital darkroom.

American born and a US resident, Richard currently lives in Romania where he runs photo tours. He teaches courses for digital photographers and hobbyists in photography and Photoshop online and in the classroom. His articles have been in a variety of publications online and in print, including Popular Photography, PCPhoto, Advanced Photoshop, Digital Photography Techniques, and Photo Techniques. His books tend to fall outside of the series typical series algorithm. His latest book, The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book (, was the first and only book devoted specifically to Photoshop layers when it first came out in 2007. A completely new edition of the layers book was released for 2012.

In his ‘spare’ time, Richard experiments with both modern and vintage equipment (like manual-focus lenses, extension tubes, modifications), and devises new and better schemes for image editing (often in the shower). His creative prose has been published in a variety of literary magazines and online. A culinary background and interest in malt beverages led him to competitive beer brewing, and has won awards for his brews in national competitions in the US. Richard enjoys target shooting, a skill not unlike photography, and has a strong knowledge of pellet guns and rifle optics born of his interest in camera lenses and plinking little plastic army guys. He lives to follow his interest, sneak in a little fun, and is in possession of more camera and computer equipment than anyone realistically needs – but he can justify all of it.

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Course Outline


Lesson 1: Seeing the Color Right
The key to getting images right starts with seeing the right thing on screen. Without calibrating your monitor and creating a custom ICC profile, you are doomed to never really optimizing the performance of your system. This lesson leads you through calibrating your monitor and building a custom ICC profile so you see the color correctly on your monitor screen.
Assignment: Calibrate your monitor, build an ICC profile, and submit images.

Lesson 2: Setting Up Color Management
Considering color management settings in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements requires understanding your options and how they affect your workflow. This lesson will lay out your choices and workflow options and help you choose which way to go (we won't all necessarily work it the same way).
Assignment: Set your color management choices.

Lesson 3: Making Color Corrections, Repairs and Enhancements
With confidence in the color you see on screen it is time to make changes to your images to make them look their best. We'll also consider choices for archiving images (embed a profile? Don't embed?), and consider profile changes to cover what might happen down the road.
Assignment: Color correct an image, and place it in your color workflow

Lesson 4: Selecting a Service and Making Test Prints
It is time to put the process all together to see color management at work. We'll learn how to do a test run, hoew to select a printing service, how to prep your image for test prints and learn what to do when submitting images to the service. This process can also be used to test your printing at home - if you choose.
Assignment: Using an outside service, you will submit three versions of your image to test your workflow and results.

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  • Richard's Photoshop 101 course, or equivalent life experience using Photoshop or Elements
  • Photoshop 7, CS, CS2, or CS3; or Photoshop Elements 3, 4, 5, or 6
  • A $10 to $15 printing budget



Who needs this course?
Everyone who uses Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you've been perplexed by the difference between what you see on screen and what you get in print, by what you upload to and what appears in your browser, if you've guessed at color settings just because you think you have to do something (but are not sure what), or if you don't touch color settings because you are afraid ... then this course is for you. 

How will this course help me?
This course will help you achieve consistent results when printing images by showing you how to handle color management and helping you create a foolproof color management workflow.  

I use Elements, not Photoshop. Can I take this course?
Yes! This course is intended for Photoshop AND Elements users and contains instruction for both. 

I have never used Photoshop or Elements. Should I take this course?
No. This course is intended for those with some experience. A better course for a beginner is my Photoshop 101 class here at BetterPhoto. Photoshop 101 was meant to prepare you to take this and my Correcting and Enhancing Images courses. 

What is color management?
Color Management has to do with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Color Settings preferences, but extends to calibrating your monitor, creating ICC profiles and establishing a color workflow. Working with color management (rather than around it) will help you be sure you get the right color in print (and on the Web). 

Does color management require special equipment?
Photoshop or Elements are the only special tools you need, but it may be helpful to have a calibration device. Some people do purchase a calibration device like the ColorVision Spyder, but it is not a course requirement. 

Do I need a digital camera?
No. You don't need a digital camera, but you will need at least two digital images. 

Do I need a printer at home?
No. None of my Photoshop courses require that you have a home printer. Getting the Color Right requires printing, but encourages you to use a service. 

What is the printing budget for?
The final course assignment is to make a print at a service. This gives you the opportunity to test the process as well as the quality of printing that you get with photo printing services. 

Can I use my home printer for this course?
Yes. It is strongly suggested that you use an outside service to make the best, unbiased test of the color workflow that you establish. Using a service helps eliminate maintenance, settings, materials and other printer problems (e.g., clogged printing heads) as variables in your tests. It also allows you to test printing on equipment that is not available for home use. Once you have a workflow that you can trust, you can test it on your home printer (which should give you the same results). However, if you must use a home printer, it is acceptable, although not preferred. 

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© Richard Lynch 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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