Adjust the DPI
by ChuckT - 12/21/09 10:22 PM
In Reply to: flashdrive photo sizing by chuckeej
Just because the image is nice on a screen means almost nothing of how it will print. The screen resolution is so much more coarse than what you need to print, that you can have a low resolution picture looking good on the screen and will print poorly.
On the other end of the scale, you can have a very large resolution picture that will show very well on the screen because the tool use to display on the screen is shrinking down the overall picture to make the picture fit the screen. BUT with the many, many bits, and no proper DPI setting within the picture to make the picture fit on a printed page, the printer tool (either the one you have at home, or the one at WalMart) just can't correctly fit to the page.
That second scenario is what I suspect is happening with you.
If you gave us some actual numbers of what exists for the pictures you want to print, and the approximate size you want to print at, then we could help you more.
Knowing the pictures pixel size, and the size you want to print, makes it a simple math problem as to what to set the pictures DPI to. Then you just use a tool to modify that DPI setting within the pictures meta-data. I like the use of a great picture viewer, called IrfanView, to make that adjustment.
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