Image Resolution Degrades Making Collage.

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Ric Kaysen, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Ric Kaysen

    Ric Kaysen Guest

    Please excuse the beginners question here, I'm rather new to Photoshop.
    Using PS CS, I'm trying to create a simple collage using layers over a
    background image. It all seems to go well until I see the finished project
    printed. The original images were taken with an 8 megapixel camera. The
    originals look awesome, but when applied to a collage and printed or viewed
    enlarged on the monitor, the resolution of the individual pictures looks
    more like taken with a 640 X 480 camera. I've been looking for some way to
    improve the resolution of the component images in the collage, but I'm not
    getting it. Any suggestions would be very welcome....TIA.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Sep 23, 2004
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    Kingdom Guest

    don't know what your doing exactly but it sounds like a resolution problem,
    for print the dpi should be a minimim of 200 pixels/inch and the hight the
    better to the thresh hold of your printer. Screen imagege tend to 72 0r 96
    ppi and either become very small or look mushy when printed.

    Check resolution in IMAGE menu > IMAGE SIZE > pixels/inch for both
    pictures.
     
    Kingdom, Sep 23, 2004
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    Thanks for the advice.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Sep 24, 2004
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    Mike Russell Guest

    You probably started off with the resolution too low. As Kingdom suggests,
    it's best to start with a higher pixels per inch number when you first
    create your image. 200 or even 300 ppi is a good number. For Epson
    printers 320 pixels per inch is thought to be a sweet spot.

    So you made a boo boo. OTOH - collages can be a lot of work, and you may be
    interested in rescuing what you've done so far. I had to do this once when
    I realized I'd done an important group shot at VGA resolution (ouch!).

    If possible, replace or overlay a few of the more important foreground
    elements of your collage with higher resolution versions. Flatten the
    collage, and experiment with Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask to make things look
    a little better. Don't overdo it with USM - just get a little more edge.
    By the same token, with moderation in mind, use curves to bump the contrast,
    and Hue/Saturation to make sure your colors are reasonably saturated.
    Reduce the print size a bit - use Photoshop to add a nice matte around the
    edge using a frame layer and drop shadow.

    Each of these moves will make your current result look just a bit sharper.
     
    Mike Russell, Sep 24, 2004
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    Thanks for the reply and the good advice.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Sep 24, 2004
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