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Alonzo J. Adams
 

What Resolution Required for Magazine Use?


What is the best megapixel/resolution to shoot pictures in for 1/2 page or larger magazine photos? I have a few pictures I would like to show a few magazines and calendar companies, but I don't know if the resolution/MPs are big enough for their printing needs.


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8/6/2004 8:50:09 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  How many MPs are you shooting?


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8/6/2004 8:51:27 AM

 
Alonzo J. Adams   I'm using the 6.1 MP Kodak DX 7630 EasyShare Camera at this time.


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8/6/2004 8:54:39 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  6.1 should be fine! Shoot RAW if you can and convert to TIFF


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8/6/2004 9:01:03 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
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  If you haven't done so already, get submission guidelines from the publications to whom you plan to submit. They will outline their specific format requirements in detail, as well as current editorial needs. You would be wise to follow their submission format TO THE LETTER. They look at a ton of material each month, and their selection process can be quite brutal.
For calendar companies ... most are looking for a series of images within a given theme to comprise an entire calendar year. The more original the theme ... the better chance of it getting accepted.
Best of luck!


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8/6/2004 2:55:23 PM

 
Alonzo J. Adams   Thank you Damian and thank you Bob for the heads up.


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8/6/2004 3:44:44 PM

 
Vince Broesch   You should have about 1.5 to 2 pixels to the dot. So one needs to know the lpi (lines per inch) of the publication. But you could guess 133 lpi, so you would want around 200-270 pixels per inch.
Vince
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8/6/2004 3:51:49 PM

 
Nick Milton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/25/2003
  A lot of mags and news mags only print at 180 dpi, so a 6 meg pic will easily do the job.


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8/9/2004 3:45:07 AM

 
Jose M. Ribeiro   Hi there, in order to get the best of ur digital picture on paper, u should print it at 190/200dpi and if u use photoshop, turn the picture to cmyk color and on the image size turn it to 200dpi. It should be enough!


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8/10/2004 5:16:31 AM

 
Nicole Boenig-McGrade   Hi Alonzo,
1) For Magazine full colour print: You should supply photos at 300dpi
2) For Newsprint in black & white: You will need to supply photos at 150dpi minimum. Note: Newsprint automatically darkens images quite dramatically so keep that in mind when adjusting your photos in Photoshop.
3) For Websites: images and graphics are acceptable at 72dpi-150dpi.
4) I'd also recommend that you not to change your colour settings, (ie. RGB for web and CMYK for print) as graphic designers often prefer to adjust colours to their own design requirements at the time of print. These can vary depending on what the image is used for.
5) Make sure you always ask for the printer/media company/advertiser's specifications before forwarding any work.
This is just the very basics, but I hope it helps.
Kind regards,
Nicole


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8/10/2004 5:42:37 AM

 
Alonzo J. Adams   Thanks everyone for your answers.


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8/10/2004 9:03:14 AM

 
Kathy Radford
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
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  Do any of the companies accept 4.0 megapixels? If not what is the lowest they will accept. Kathy in NH


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