Photoshop Free Tutorials,
Adobe InDesign Help:
Available on this site are cool Adobe Photoshop free tutorials and Adobe InDesign help which I have assembled based on my experience in the graphics and editorial departments of a newspaper.
I see digital photos of all shapes and sizes. Newspapers require a high resolution file. Many papers print their photos at a resolution of around 200 pixels per inch. No, not dpi (dots per inch). That's little printer talk (ink-jet).
Granted, we aren't as quality-demanding as a magazine (300 ppi), but we're many notches higher than, say, a Web page (72 ppi). A six megapixel full-frame image from my DSLR will fill an entire page of the newspaper with no loss of quality.
Submitted pix from the public really make it frustrating. What do we get? That's right. Stuff that would be better suited for the Web. Images from cell phones.
Team photos in orange gyms.
The submitter will proudly write, "...and I even downsized it for you so it wouldn't plug up your email."
When you point out the lack of size, it is met with a confused explanation: "Well, it looked big enough on my screen."
Here's my route for image preparation at my newspaper,
based on a 220 ppi resolution
Click on the links to take you to the respective Photoshop Free Tutorials
At the outset, you must understand that your quest for perfect colour calibration will give you all sorts of headaches. In the newspaper business, we can get our computer monitors consistent; but heck we're printing on newsprint, some off-white, scary substance that ain't exactly a perfectionist's canvas. We can work all we want on an image, but we're at the mercy of the press and the paper.
I remember once when a colour advertisement ran twice in the same issue by mistake. I compared both versions and sure enough, the colours didn't come close to matching.
You've probably had experiences like this with photo labs at your Budget-Store-Marts, You-Shops and such. Or you have purchased an ink-jet home printer (which is fine if you want to spend more on ink that the actual printer and have the prints last five years!).
Despite these depressing outcomes, there is some merit in pre-press efforts. The best you can do is at least prepare an image that should, under reasonable circumstances, do well in its printing.
With the help of these Photoshop free tutorials, you are on your way.
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