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Michelle N. Russell
 

Photoshop Help Anyone?


I'm working on a project in Photoshop that has a photo background on top of it. For some reason, when I print, the text is pixalated even though it doesn't show up the same way at 100% view. This has happened almost every time I've tried to put text on top of a photo and I can't figure out why. Any ideas?


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2/7/2008 11:39:43 AM

 
Michelle N. Russell   Clarification: photo background with text on top of it. (typo, sorry!)


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2/7/2008 11:40:43 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  How are you sizing it for print?


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2/7/2008 1:39:41 PM

 
Michelle N. Russell   I'm just printing it at 100% on 8.5x11" paper. The image is 8.5x6"


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2/7/2008 2:39:39 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  At what resolution?


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2/7/2008 3:19:25 PM

 
Michelle N. Russell   I honestly didn't know you could set the resolution for printing. I guess I'll have to look into that.


P.S. Gregory, your gallery is beautiful.


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2/7/2008 9:40:50 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  There may be several issues going on here depending on how you are trying to print (to what device), but assuming you are printing to an inkjet some of these shouldn't come into play.

*Are you flattening the image before printing? (this may help depending on certain factors)

*(as Gregory said) what resolution are you printing at? Check using Image Size.

*what kind of fonts are you using?

Richard Lynch


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2/8/2008 10:02:19 AM

 
Michelle N. Russell   Thanks for being willing to help, Richard!

I'm printing to a color copy machine.

I did not flatten the image, but can try that.

Resolution is 72 pixels/inch. Should I increase that?

I was using Palatino Linotype and Pristina.


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2/8/2008 11:25:31 AM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  72ppi is pretty low -- appropriate for web images, but not for printing. Generally (and this is a generalization, lest there are other opinions) you will want to have somewhere around 240 ppi at final size for most home applications -- about 3 times what you have now. Certainly 72ppi can appear blocky. Likely it is that and nothing more complicated.

Richard


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2/8/2008 11:45:44 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  You should look at image size and become familiar with the box that says "resample". When you uncheck it and resize a picture smaller than it's original, it saves all the pixels in the image.
Consider pixels are goats in a pen. Your goat resolution is 72 before resizing the pen. Uncheck the resample box, pull the pen in closer on itself, all the goats have to bunch in closer together in a smaller pen.
Your goat resolution is now higher, and you have all your original goats.
It's also a good time to look at the cropping tool and the options you have with that. Like setting a certain crop size, and resolution with that.


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2/8/2008 1:48:31 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  also, thanks


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2/8/2008 1:48:58 PM

 
Michelle N. Russell   Thank you both for your time and help!!


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2/9/2008 9:23:07 PM

 
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