These adjustments can have a huge impact on your print outcome. The adjusted images of a baobab tree should help give you an idea of the sorts of changes that are available to you.
Adjusting Contrast and Brightness
Select Image, Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast from the Photoshop menu.
Turning up the contrast will tend to:
- make dark colours print darker;
- accentuate the differences between colours, so bringing more detail into view on the print;
- make colours more intense.
Select Image, Adjustments, Vibrance, from the menu. This handy tool adjusts the saturation of your image so that lower-saturated colors are affected more than are higher-saturated colors; it also prevents skin tones from becoming oversaturated. Given that it is usually the case that you have to over-intensify your image colours in order to achieve the effect you want when they are printed on to fabric, that is a particulary handy tool when preparing your images for fabric printing.
Adjusting Shadows and Highlights – Bring out the Detail in your Image
Select Image, Adjustments, Shadows/Highlights from the menu. This utility can help you bring out the detail in your image that might not otherwise be visible.
Testing Different Settings
Many of you print different designs as samples, to see how they print out before ordering larger quantities. We suggest that you could also use the same design image, repeat it across a fabric width, and change those different repeats with different colour settings.
For each separate colour adjustment you want to make:
- Select the area of the image that you want to adjust (in our example below we select each separate logo separately for each set of adjustments we make)
- Make your adjustments! They will be contained in the selected part of your image.