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Mono processing for screen and print

chavender 7 270 1 France
20 Aug 2012 11:27AM
Would appreciate views on processing Mono images for print or screen.
Apart from resolution and maybe sharpening, do you process images differently depending on the intended display medium?


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KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 11:42AM
I use Lightroom + Silver Effex that gives infinite results in monochrome.
With Lightroom alone there are endless possibities that go well beyond a simple conversion.
chavender 7 270 1 France
20 Aug 2012 11:48AM
Same here Ken.
I agree that they are two great pieces of software .
do you process images differently depending on the intended display medium?

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 12:24PM

I think part of the issue is that a degree of experimentation will always to some extent be needed.

For example, I might be tempted to rework an image for a particular type of paper. Usually, I stick to the same paper and so don't bother.

In regards to the screen versus print - no I don't usually do anything other than the very specific system I have for sharpening and resizing. On occasions I find I may need to tweak the resulting 1000px image a little in terms of contrast, but thats it.


User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
20 Aug 2012 2:24PM

I suspect your question might have been prompted by a discussion we had about one of the images I posted on the group gallery. Basically, you suggested that it lacked punch and I agreed, explaining that, when printed as a large print it had plenty of punch but that it definitely suffered when viewed on a computer screen.

I normally process for print as my photographs are usually produced for competitions or for wall-hanging. But, of course, prints and computer monitors are fundamentally different ways of viewing an image, not least because the print is viewed by means of reflected light. I think there is a case for processing differently if an image (maybe especially a mono image) is intended for viewing on a screen.

To illustrate this experimentally,

Here is the image in question as originally posted to the gallery. as I say, it is the version processed with a view to printing:


I have now re-processed it in an attempt to make the digital image as "punchy" as the large-scale print appears. I am not sure that I have got there fully - maybe it is simply impossible - but this is my first attempt:


Basically, I did not take it back into HDR Efex or Silver Efex, but simply used Lightroom 4.1 controls to deepen the blacks, lighten the whites, replace some of the grunge I had removed from the river surface and pulled a slight ND grad down from the top.

Possibly this does work better for a screen-viewed image, but it would look horribly "overcooked" I think if it was printed from this version.
chavender 7 270 1 France
20 Aug 2012 2:48PM
You are correct re the prompt.
It occurred to me that this may be the answer as to why there is a difference between my images viewed on screen and my printed images.
Not just the brightness or contrast or even colour cast but in the "Quality".

Not something I am able to qualify at the moment but there is a difference.
Whether it`s down to the paper choice or the processing I am unsure.

I will try some different processing techniques and papers now I can get custom profiles.

Thanks LF for sparking off a new line of discovery/experimentation.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
20 Aug 2012 3:44PM

Quote:Would appreciate views on processing Mono images for print or screen.
Apart from resolution and maybe sharpening, do you process images differently depending on the intended display medium?


no I always process with the print in mind.

I do sometimes get a bit of "crunching" of the dark tones when uploading to te web, caused by compression, changing to sRGB etc

When printing the paper has an enormous effect
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 6:42PM
I find that when processing for print a lighter touch when making adjustments is usually the way to go. I often only gently sharpen key areas. Processing for screen often needs a more agressive touch to convey the required mood. But as always every image is different.
chavender 7 270 1 France
21 Aug 2012 2:29PM
Thanks all
Now that I have some custom printer profiles loaded I can try a few variations.


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