Help with image size before taking image to printer.

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Mr. Rather B. Beachen, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. Greetings all:

    I have an Olympus D-40 and a C-50. I use Photoshop 7.0.

    First of all, I've never taken a image straight from the camera to the
    photo shop to get prints. I've always worked on the image before hand
    in Photoshop. Sometimes I crop the image a little bit.

    Here is my question. Is there a setting or certain configuration I can
    do in photoshop that will show me what will be shown/printed if I get
    the image printed in various sizes (5X7, 4X6,8X10, for example)? I
    want to make sure that what I see on screen is what they will make
    prints of-that they will not be cropping the photo. Does this make
    sense? I want to make sure that I am not cropping off too much or that
    the photo shop might crop something out that I wanted in, just because
    my sizing/cropping was incorrect.

    I know many of you must know what to do here so I'm looking for your

    I thank you in advance.

    It's Mr. Rather B. Beachen to you

    Mr. Rather B. Beachen, Jul 3, 2004
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    dwight Guest

    I'm still using the ancient PhotoShop 5.0. I click VIEW > PRINT SIZE. This
    only shows me the image on my screen as it would be printed, not variations.

    I would downsize the original image (in my case 23" at 72dpi) to 10",
    increasing resolution accordingly, then check PRINT SIZE. (Viewed at 100%,
    there should be no change in the onscreen image size.) Then downsize to 7",
    again increasing resolution, and check that. Etc...

    dwight, Jul 3, 2004
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    bagal Guest

    Dear Mr. Rather B. Beachen to you and the world

    I believe that some print machine now cater for the 4:3 ratio of digital
    images thus avoiding the loss of print area.

    In my experience delegating the printable area is to be avoided = find a
    suitable 8x6 digiprinter near you

    das B
    bagal, Jul 3, 2004
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    While there are ways to display it 'actual size', as long as print size
    is smaller than your monitor screen, this will not give you the same
    quality as a paper print.

    First of all, modern monitors seem to have more dynamic range than paper
    prints. So this makes a monitor display look better than a print as far
    as tonal range. Offsetting this, however, is that monitors do not have
    the resolution of a medium size or large size print. You can print up
    to about 300 pixels per inch with a good printer. On an 8 x 10 print,
    this corresponds to a 3000 x 2400 pixel print. Few monitors can give
    you this kind of resolution. even when you print at 200 ppi, this is a
    2000 x 1600 pixel print. Unless you have a VERY good, very large
    monitor, this is more than your monitor will likely show. Today's
    consumer monitors range from about 1200 to 1600 pixels wide.
    Don Stauffer, Jul 4, 2004
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