Question about pixels and enlarging a photo

Started May 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Question about pixels and enlarging a photo
In reply to Saleen1999, May 3, 2012

180dpi is the lowest dpi you want to start at. the higher the better.
after that its what program you use. Photozoom is the best i know of.

i can take a 180 dpi up to 40x60 and still looks good. that said you need a sharp Lens to start with. then its a few trail and errors on how much Sharpening before it looks bad. some people i've talked to like to use USM twice. So you might what to check with those using your camera and lens. they most likely have worked out a few numbers.

i never use PS to upsize. the printer has its own software to upsize 180dpi/ppi to 2880 ppi.

Saleen1999 wrote:

I wanted to know how can I tell how large I can make a picture without losing details.

I have a picture that was emailed to me of my son's band on stage in black and white and I want to enlarge it as a house warming gift to him as he got his first apartment with his fiance. The pixel size is 4272x2848. How large can I go with it? I was hoping it could be enlarged long enough to hang behind his sofa.

Thank you all.
Melissa aka mustang_fan

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