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Studio Workshops Online – Live and Interactive via ZOOM
•  11-12 February 2023 (AEDT)
•  17-18 June 2023 (AEST)
•  18-19 November 2023 (AEDT)

This introductory workshop is all about preparing and digitally printing our attendees’ images on our Epson and Canon large format printers. Ideally our attendees will also print the same files on their own printer during the workshop so together we can test and perfect their print path. To facilitate this, where ever possible we will remotely create a stunningly accurate and incredibly beautiful custom printer profile for each attendee’s printer and favourite paper in the week before the workshop. The aim is to ensure your print path and workflow are accurately calibrated so you can move forward with confidence and develop the understanding and skills required to create stunningly beautiful digital prints. Specific topics that have been covered in this workshop include:

The Famous Five Categories of Print Making
•  File preparation, Materiality, Colour Management, Ink Control, Aesthetics
•  Matching images to media
•  Evaluating Media – Colour, Surface, Base, Finish, Inkset
•  Media selection and ink usage – economy vs. quality

Ink and Media
•  Solids (wood and metals)
•  Woven media (canvas and silks)
•  Commercial Papers: Resin coated & microporous media
•  Art Papers: Cotton rag & alpha cellulose papers
•  Photographic Papers: Baryta and non-Baryta papers

Printing a Digital Print
•  Printing through printer drivers vs RIPs
•  Rendering intents and gamut compression
•  Custom vs. generic printer profiles
•  Output sharpening techniques and strategies

Preparing Images for Printing
•  Levels – colour and density correction fundamentals
•  Re-sizing images and factorial scaling
•  Choosing the most appropriate working colour space
•  Printing with ProLabs and hard proofing on a local printer

Perfecting the Digital Print
•  Matching screen to print monitor calibration
•  Re-defining spatial and luminosity relationships in the print
•  Intensification and reduction – expanding print ‘presence’
•  Adapting files for printing on matte surfaced media

Displaying and Protecting Digital Prints
•  Metamerism, ink inconstancy, lighting and displaying prints
•  Flattening, trimming and handling digital prints
•  Protecting, annotating and storing digital prints
•  Printer and ink maintenance

Some people also attend this workshop to help them decide what printer to purchase, or to better understand the collaborative process between artist and master printer if they outsource their printing, or to investigate the latest printer, ink and paper technology and the creative options they provide. Our video conferencing and remote desktop software allow us to critically investigate the entire print workflow from file processing to media selection and final exhibition printing.

The workshop is also supported by a resource rich website including detailed course notes, videos, and test files.

Venue: Interactive Broadcast from Les Walkling’s Studio, Melbourne
Duration: 10.00am – 1.00pm Saturday and Sunday (AEST/AEDT)
Class Size: Average class size of 5
Cost: AUS $330 including GST per person
Bookings: Email or Phone +61 4 38 59 00 93

Updated 26 November 2022