Color alterations of a digital image are reminiscent of learning to print accurately
Rolling Fields – Digital Painting – 2004 – Dan Beck
This must be one of my favorites – I like it’s simplicity, I like the strong feeling of the how the fields roll here.
I am featuring it again because I stumbled upon this image in a county newspaper website – I knew they had published a couple of my pieces last summer – so I searched their site and found…
Rolling Fields of a Different Color
It perhaps explains their commentary. I guess it is some kind of RGB/CMYK confusion – but I have to confess I kind of like it.
Anyway – I show this because I think sometimes that printing is a lot like the above examples. I am sure there are a zillion articles on how to print accurately.All I can pass on is that if it isn’t right, you need to experiment…and make notes on the back of your images about the settings. Print small so you use less ink and try to be methodical and use common sense.I am on my third version of how to print – my first two were good – but the third is the best. The differences are subtle, but have to do with richness of color and feeling I can’t quite put my finger on.Technology and color profiles were supposed to make it easier – I’ve heard from many – it is not so. But I do know that at Outhouse Studios and the local printer I work with, we have the formula down:
Art prints always look as good as the digital painting … and 99% of the time, they look even better.