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retouching for newspaper vs. magazine

Need to retouch some images for print in a newspaper. Would like to know if I should do anything differently than I would for a magazine. Thanks for any help.

by Michael Toolan at 2008-09-08 13:43:26 UTC (ed. Sep 9 2008 ) New York City , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Ahh… to me, these are very, very different methods.

I am primarily a photojournalist, and in my eyes, editing a news image is a sticky situation to be approached carefully. My rule is to make simple edits… levels, curves, maybe a little saturation, but with no selections, just editing the entire image as a whole.

But for editorial, magazine use, anything goes.



by James Martin | 08 Sep 2008 16:09 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Rules of thumb:

- Set Photoshop to use the ICC profile of the newspaper to get a proof on your monitor. Provided your monitor is halfway calibrated you will get a very good impression. A popular profile for many newspapers is IFRAisonewspaper26v4. If you don’t get ask me, I can mail it to you.

- In newsprint you lose highlights and shadows, and midtones are horrible. You might try Shadow/Highlights in PS CS2, a nice tool.

- If you know just approximately the size of your images on the page you can sharpen them… a lot more than for any other media. In most cases you can leave this step to the newspaper guys.

by Clemens | 08 Sep 2008 20:09 | Mainz, Germany | | Report spam→
Most newspapers have their own imaging people and they’ll be the best judge of sharpness and density etc. Get the image looking the way you want it and perhaps also send an unedited (ie no sharpening, curves etc) but cropped version. Magazines will tend to do less, but who knows – they vary as much as the people working there in their approach – really picky or blase. Get as much info from them as you can re what they expect in the file and even contact their designer/imaging person directly if there’s time. Good luck.

by Daniel O'Brien | 09 Sep 2008 08:09 | Delhi, India | | Report spam→

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