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Mastering Digital Printing (Miscellaneous) 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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Editorial Reviews


"...It's a printing classic in the world of digital arts.... Truly a great road map towards digital printing." -- InsideGraphics.com

"...a complete reference book of digital printing for photography and fine art." -- Art World News, March 2003

"Photographers, digital and traditional artists, and printmakers can gain a thorough introduction to digital printmaking in "Mastering Digital Printing." -- The Big Picture Magazine, Nov/Dec. 2002

"The new bible for digital printmakers!" -- WorldPrintmakers.com

"There's really nothing like this book. It's comprehensive, but it's readable without getting clammy." -- Imaging Resource Digital Photography Newsletter, Feb. 21, 2003

From the Inside Flap

"I applaud Harald Johnson's efforts to provide a comprehensive guidebook to digital imaging and to chronicle the past, the present, and the future of this exciting medium."     -- Graham Nash, Nash Editions --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Miscellaneous
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (December 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929685653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929685653
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,932,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Friedman on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has ventured seriously into creating digital art sooner or later stumbles into the uncharted sea of printing. Once an artist has finally created his or her masterpiece on the computer, they must contend with a vast array of new printing technologies, image management software (sometimes called RIP), and different ink types and substrates to produce their final print. Until now that process has remained a complete mystery to all but a few. But at last Harald Johnson has come forward with his new book Mastering Digital Printing to explain the process from the basics to the complex.
Perhaps what I like most about the book is that is not just a technical manual, but really goes a long way into addressing head on some of the issues that are raging in the art world today regarding digital artwork. Things like what the difference is between a digital reproduction and digital original, and what a Giclee print is. These topics really shed some light onto some controversial and often overlooked issues.
On the technical side he does a very deft job of delicately explaining complex terms such as printer resolution, dpi, and lpi so that even a beginner can start to get an adequate grasp of the subject. This is a book aimed at artists, not propeller heads. And while his coverage of the different printing technologies may be a bit more information than most artists want, it is never the less important when one is considering [purchasing]a print based on those technologies. He also does an outstanding job of explaining scanning and what artists really need to know about sending out work to be scanned, or scanning it themselves.
Finally he addresses two important issues for the professional artist, permanence and substrates.
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Format: Paperback
A Virtual Milestone
Harald Johnson's new book, Mastering Digital Printing: The Photographer's and Artist's Guide to High-Quality Digital Output (Muska & Lipman, December 2002) seems to me something of a milestone, not only for its prodigious content, but for its very concept. For Johnson has not only written the Bible of digital printing for fine-art printmakers and photographers, but he has also solved the abiding problem of people who write books on technical subjects: currency. Technology changes fast and books on technological subjects go stale just as rapidly. So Johnson has provided his readers/practitioners with the added support of both a website ([...]) and a lively online discussion group ([...]) which he created a couple of years ago and conscientiously moderates.
Into the Fourth Dimension
These online resources constantly lever the power and actuality of the book, providing instant access to current information on the ever-changing state of the art. More than a simple book, what Johnson has created is a "metabook" which extends its domain into the fourth dimension: time. This is a prodigious achievement for one man working on his own, one for which Johnson-the Prometheus of digital printing-is to be admired and congratulated.
Have I made the book sound stuffy? Far from it! Mastering Digital Printing is written in a personal conversational style which is more like a chat with a friendly expert than a technical manual. It is wide ranging both in breadth and depth, of interest both to beginners and experts.
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This handsome volume badly disappointed me. I think the proper rating for the book is about one and a half stars, but I gave it two out of generosity.

If you don't have a printer and are looking to buy one, it gives a pretty good round-up of the choices, technologies, and papers. The problem with this kind of thing, of course, is that it is necessarily dated--so it can't really serve as a buyer's guide.

If you already have a printer--I have an Epson 4800--and a source of digital images, you won't find much information here about how to make great prints. The only section on the actual print making process shows the dialogs for one printer, probably the author's. Totally unhelpful unless you have that printer (and you've probably already figured out how those dialogs work if you have that printer).

The section on RIP software is way overview, and doesn't provide any decent guidance on how to proceed with it.

I'm not given to writing negative reviews, and I don't often return books (as I am with this one), but in the face of all the positive feedback for this book I feel compelled to provide my opinion. As I said, if you are looking to buy a printer, this might help you understand the basic technology issues (although the models have changed since the book was written). Otherwise, the only use I see for it is as a "gee whiz" coffee table book for would-be digital printers rather than a serious reference manual.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2003
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With a title including the word "mastering" I expected a little more than a basic overview of the subject. The first part of the book is a history lesson talking about Graham Nash being the first one to do high-end digital printing for the art world. It includes numerous plugs for Nash's Nash Editions printing company as well as other related companies. The second park talks about the various equipment available for digital printing, both high end, and at home. Again, a great history lesson (most equipment is outdated already) but you can learn more by window-shopping at a local electronics store. With a title like Mastering Digital Printing, I expected more info on color calibration, setting up images for output, etc., and less of a history lesson. If they re-titled the book to actually reflect the contents, and cut the price in half, this would be a great book at an acceptable price.
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