View Full Version : Understanding Printing-Helpful Info

06-07-2009, 06:30 PM
here is some info Ithat I thought some of you might be interested for getting the best print from your printer.

Whether you are new to printing or would like a quick review, this reference section can help you understand some of the factors that affect the printing of your images.

Image and printer resolution
Laser and ink-jet printers work by applying dots of black or colored ink to paper. Whereas image resolution is measured in pixels per inch (ppi), printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). The printed image size is expressed in inches and is calculated as the image size in pixels divided by pixels per inch.

Images with higher dpi values have more data and result in higher print quality. You can resize images, to create a larger print size, but the print quality can decrease due to the reduced print resolution (ppi).
It is best to consider the resolution of the printer when you choose a resolution for the image you are creating. You can use the following guidelines to determine the image size for printing:

For a 300-dpi printer, use an image that is 72 to 120 ppi.
For a 600-dpi printer, use an image that is 125 to 170 ppi.
For a 1200-dpi printer, use an image that is 150 to 200 ppi.

Image color and lightness
Computer monitors display color by combining red, green, and blue light on the screen. Color printers, however, use a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks. The differences between these two color modes can cause images to appear darker on paper than on the screen. As you become familiar with how your printer handles color, you can adjust your images to compensate for these differences. If the printed image appears too dark, you can adjust the brightness or contrast.

Paper quality
The texture and color of the paper used for printing affect the quality of the printed image. For example, porous paper can cause colors to bleed into each other, colored paper can alter the image colors, and off-white paper can reduce the contrast and vibrancy of the image colors. For recommendations on which paper to use for printing, refer to the documentation supplied with your printer.

File formats
Saving your image in the PspImage format provides the most flexibility if you plan to print your image on a personal printer. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo prints all layers in an image, so you do not need to flatten the image by merging the layers. If you are using a black-and-white printer, you can print your images in grayscale.

If you are sending the image to a printing service, you need to flatten the image that is, merge the layers before you save the image. The program automatically flattens an image when you save it in most formats other than PspImage. It is best to consult with your printing service about file format, resolution, and color depth requirements.

06-07-2009, 08:54 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/i5sktc.jpgCan you take my boot print off the fish ? I am lame when it comes to photo edit !


06-07-2009, 09:51 PM
Nice boot print *;D ;D. I will work on this one. This is what I came up with for now.


06-07-2009, 10:26 PM
Man that looks nice. Almost like when I pulled it out of the water. Thanks a bunch Darin !


06-07-2009, 10:37 PM
Although a little blured on top it still looks better without the boot print. Its now my background till the wife wakes up and changes it.


06-07-2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks jake. By tomorrow I will have it looking good for you. What color was the head when you caught it . Was it black like that?. Also if you have any other pictures that would help alot with coloration and texture.


06-07-2009, 10:54 PM
Sorry Darin it was a battle to get this thing to cooperate but here is the only other pic with dirt mind you !http://i44.tinypic.com/swtjrl.jpg
And this but ?


06-07-2009, 11:00 PM
It was old and ready to leave the river.


06-07-2009, 11:09 PM
Yeah I bet that was a good fighter. Fat boys like that are fat for a reason ;) Nice Fish. That picture will help alot.


06-08-2009, 04:42 AM
Here ya go John. This was my first attempt at doing anything like this but I think it looks better than before. A hog like that has gotta have a good picture. Hopefully I was close to the original detail.



06-08-2009, 04:31 PM
That fish cleaned up nicely :) Good job Darin.....You too Jake, that's a pig!

06-08-2009, 11:03 PM
FFG - You did a GREAT job on your retouch. *For a first time FANTASTIC!

Mac - OUTSTANDING trophy!

Thought I'd have a go at a little edit fun too. *It's called "OOBing" for Out Of Bounds. *I've only done a few. *I started with FFG's first try because it was darker and just followed the steps from the tutorial linked below.


You have to hunt a bit on this page to find the links for the actual downloads, but this is the best place to start.

OOB Tutorial found here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28466683@N00/153507433/in/set-72157594146002408/)