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Chapter 17. Workflow > Step 15—Create Output-Specific Files

Step 15—Create Output-Specific Files

Now that the image is completely finished, I'll think about creating derivatives of the image to be used for specific purposes. Regardless of how the image will be used, I choose Layer > Flatten at this point since the layers are saved in the master file and I don't plan on making any more changes to the image. If the image will be reproduced on a printing press, the next step would be to convert the image to CMYK mode by choosing Image > Mode > CMYK Color. Next, I'd scale the image to the final size at which it will be printed and set the resolution by choosing Image > Image Size. Only after scaling it would I sharpen the image. The reason I wait until now to sharpen the image is because each output device requires a different amount of sharpening to produce the best results so I don't want to apply generic sharpening to the master file since it might be used for multiple purposes. If I notice color shifts on the edge of objects due to the sharpening setting used, I'll choose Edit > Fade and set the Mode pop-up menu to Luminosity to prevent any color shifts (Figures 17.42 and 17.43).

Figure 17.42. This image was sharpened using the Unsharp Mask filter (©2005 iStockphoto.com/mevans).



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