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Robyn ONeill

printing digital black and white

I've been taking some actor headshots and while I have found that converting to b&w is not as easy as just hitting the grayscale button, I have achieved a modicum of satisfaction when viewing them on my monitor. However, when I print (either on my computer or sending to a lab), I lose most of the sharpness and detail. The pictures are not exactly blurry, but it's as if there was a transparent sheet on top of the picture that just needs to be peeled off. Does this make sense? Can anyone help? Thanks.

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2/18/2006 6:19:25 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  that picture looks pixelated.

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2/18/2006 10:26:37 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Looks better in the gallery. Unsharp mask to remove moire. Or is it noire

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2/18/2006 10:30:47 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  First of all - use Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color. Then save the file. Note - your original should be in PSD or TIFF. Never save a file you plan to edit in JPEG!

Then adjust the contrast using Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/ Contrast. Once you like your product. Save it to a new file.

Then use the Unsharp Mask. Remember - every image you edit with your computer should, at least, be checked using the Unsharp Mask to see if it can be sharpened. Most authors say every image must be sharpened to some degree.

Try printing your image with and without the Grayscale Radio Button clicked. You'll like one or the other.

Have fun.

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2/20/2006 1:52:24 PM

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