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designs by krista
07-01-2006, 12:36 PM
Ugh ~ I have gotten some 200dpi stuff from a certain place ~ how can I change it to 300dpi (or can I)? I use PSCS2. Thanks!
07-01-2006, 01:56 PM
You can change it but you will lose on quality.
Image -> image size -> change resolution.
07-01-2006, 02:40 PM
If you wanted to make things 300dpi, you could decrease the size of them to make up for the resolution. You can go to image size ... increase the dpi to 300ppi and then decrease the dimensions until the file sizes shown at the top of the window are the same. The items will be smaller than you had before, but the ppi will be higher. If you just bump them up to 300 and leave the dimensions the same, you will have lower quality.
designs by krista
07-01-2006, 04:20 PM
OK so would it be better to change the 300 to 200 - or would the loss in quality be the same difference?
07-03-2006, 06:16 AM
try this -- open your new canvas to make your layout on. Create it at 300 ppi. Drag the element you're wanting to use onto the layout -- it will automatically resize during that process. If it's not big enough once it's on your layout, with the Move Tool selected, hold down the shift key and drag the bounding box handles to make it bigger (then hit "enter" to make it take.) I've found that most elements, photos, and even papers enlarge quite well this way.
To learn more about resizing with the Move Tool, click here:
07-04-2006, 07:38 AM
Anytime I've gotten 200dpi stuff I've ended up creating 8x8 pages instead of 12x12 - a 200dpi 8x8 is equal to a 300dpi 12x12 - instead of resizing the 200dpi up to 300/12inches, I just up the resolution to 300 & make the size 8inches. Although I create & always try to buy 300dpi, I have printed some 200dpi stuff & I couldn't tell the difference. However I will still continue to create at 300dpi because I figure it's better to let the user size down instead of up (in case a user preferred 200dpi).
07-04-2006, 09:15 AM
Well here's a crucial question - at which size do you normally print? Are you printing 12x12's? If not, then you can just design in 8x8 size with your 200 dpi stuff and meet somewhere in the middle. KWIM?
designs by krista
07-04-2006, 09:54 AM
So why does 1 shop (as far as I know of only 1) continue to create at 200dpi when everyone else does 300dpi? Is seems it would be no big deal to change to 300. The only problem I guess with the 200dpi is when you go mixing it with stuff that is 300dpi.
That's good to know about the 8x8 200dpi is equal to 12x12 300dpi. I always print 8x8 but work in 12x12.
07-04-2006, 10:34 AM
ACk that question has plagued me!! Now I won't be rambling on about my thoughts on why one store stays 200 when the indurstry standard is 300, well because... well I just won't. I have in the past and.... well I just won't. :):)
"The only problem I guess with the 200dpi is when you go mixing it with stuff that is 300dpi."
Well another problem is that some people feel the print quality difference is noticeable. Some don't. It's a personal choice in that regard.
07-04-2006, 11:31 AM
I've used Scott Kelby's method of increasing the physical size using 10% increments. Somehow, the bicubic sharpening algorithm works fine at 10%. I first made the embellishement (lace, in this case) 300 dpi by using image: resize: Image size to change the resolution to 300 with bicubic sharpening turned off. Then I resized upwards in 10% increments (use the little drop-down boxes) keeping the resolution at 300 with bicubc sharpening on until I got the element to be the size I needed. As I did this with lace, I can't vouch for the total sharpness of the resulting element - but it looked good on my print. I've also done this with photos, taking 3.2 megepixel photos up to an 11 by 14 print for my dining room and they turned out great.
07-06-2006, 11:36 PM
In not about to defend our choice of 200ppi apart from saying that its more than what is recommended by the NAPP and Scott Kelby himself for printing with Inkjets ( its all your choice as to what you choose to use and buy though) - but there is no point in sizing up each element unless you are mixing bits between kits of different resolutions and even then you can do it within your layout using a transform or deform tool - - if you want to print at 12x12 just increase the size of your finished layout when you go to print it - most print drivers give you the option to print at whatever size you like - I do my own printing and print my layouts at 8x8 - I rarely print at 12x12 myself but I know others who do - I also print at 6x6 and smaller at times - as i said - the printer driver gives me the option to print at whatever size I like
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