Hey guys Thought I'd ask in this forum before going to print.
I have some P30 files that I will be pringting to Canvas on a HP Z3000 printer. My pictures have extensive photoshopping and are pretty contrasty.
Was wondering what you think the best method would be to upsize them to be printed at 1.10 Meters (Max width of Z3000) by about 1.45 Meters long which is the format I get with my P30 and AFDII with out any crop.
Going to print er to Canvas (HP Ithink or Premium Brand) what is the best method for upsizing. I was told by another printer he uses photoshop in 10% increments. Where can I find a good idea how to do it at 10% exactly and correctly if that is truly the best way to do it?
Thank you very much in advance for any info.
Upsizing for canvas is a whole different thing than upsizing for smooth photo paper. Canvas texture gobbles up quite a bit of detail, including digital noise, digital artifacts etc. I quite often do not sharpen at all for large canvas prints.
In any case you can learn a lot by printing some 20cm x 1.1 meter test strips. Pair up the same strips side by side, one sharpened, one not sharpened. You might be surprised with which one looks better.
As far as I'm concerned, all the 10% thing does is make you feel like you're doing something. But that's about it. I think I get the best results from a single step resize in Smart Sharpen, which very careful attention to the highlight and shadow slides in the Advanced tab. Also, for some images "Bicubic Sharper" gives a nice upsized result, even though it recommends itself for reductions.
But just print some test strips. It's oh-so old school, and oh-so useful.