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Penny Deig

Camera Settings for Best Prints

I am using Sony Mavica CD200 camera and Epson cx5400 printer. What are the best settings for each to get the best quality pictures? I read that tif setting was best, but what about fine/standard, etc. Thanks.

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1/8/2004 9:03:36 AM

doug Nelson   You are lucky if you have a tif setting. That means that your image is not compressed at all, giving you more to work with in the imaging software. (If you don't have an imaging software, go with Elements 2.) The down side of tif is that the images take up a LOT more space on storage cards, so you have to buy bigger cards. I consider that a worthwhile trade-off, others disagree.
Your fine setting probably gives you some JPEG compression, but hopefully not enough to wreck the structural and color integrity of the image. Most people would find pictures shot with your camera in the fine mode perfectly acceptable. Standard and lower settings compress your pictures for the sake of convenience, and you must be careful not to do a lot of edits and saves in your software, or you will wreck them.

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1/9/2004 6:34:33 AM

doug Nelson   I failed earlier to address your print settings. Go into the imaging software and in Image/Image Size uncheck Resample, check Constrained Proportions, and enter 240 for the resolution. You will see the image size shrink to a printable size. If the print size that comes up is not to your liking, enter the long dimension, and the shorter dimension and the resolution will be calculated for you. If the resolution falls between 240 and about 300 you're good to go. If it's over 300, don't worry about it. Use the printer company's photo quality paper. If your resolution is 240-300, a 720 dpi setting wil be fine. If it's over 300, use the printer's highest dpi setting and see what prints out. I am not familiar with that printer; I am basing it on my Epson 870. See the article on Printing on my web site.

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1/9/2004 6:44:14 AM

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