Please Help Me Make a First Print

Started Dec 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Mark Scott Abeln
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Re: Please Help Me Make a First Print
In reply to Larry Silverberg, Dec 5, 2012

As others mentioned, 300 dots per inch is for good quality prints that you will examine closely. I’ve found that 150 dpi is adequate for most purposes, and only reveals roughness at close inspection.

I have a couple of my photos on billboards, where the resolution can’t be more than 10 dpi, but they look fine because the distance is so large. The perception of quality is more about the angular distance between each pixel from wherever the viewer is located.

When you adjust images for digital printing, just use the crop tool. Don’t use resize or resampling to change the dpi.

You do need to worry about dpi if you are printing on a commercial press — the kinds that use printing plates — but this is not an issue for most people.

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