Printing advice please

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Susan, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. Susan

    Susan Guest


    I have a 5.0 megapixel camera and when I print my photos out at size 6"x4"
    and above they turn out pretty good, however when I try and print small
    images to get say, 8 shots on an A4 size paper they all come out bitty and
    out of focus, I would have thought that the smaller the image on a 5.0
    megapixel setting they would be excellent quality or am I wrong? Should I
    choose a lower resolution for printing smaller Photo's? Any advice would be
    greatly appreciated please.

    Susan, Dec 14, 2003
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  2. Susan

    Crownfield Guest

    try a demo copy of PSP PhotoAlbum from .
    Crownfield, Dec 15, 2003
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  3. Susan

    Ray Murphy Guest

    RM: There is a lot to learn about all this stuff but it's all
    interesting. It is however a bit hard to give absolutely clear and
    accurate advice without going into great detail.

    Let's start with this: There is no reason at all why you cannot get
    great pics at small sizes if you have great pics on your monitor.

    You must understand though, that whenever we make small pics we are
    using less pixels in each inch across the image.
    This means that a large pic might have 200 pixels across someone's
    face in a large pic, but only 50 in a small pic. This obviously causes
    a loss of sharpness or quality.

    To partly answer your question - no, you don't need less pixels on
    small pics, but preferably *more* pixels.
    I'm not sure what the maximum is for desktop colour printers, but I
    suggest that you do some tests with 600 ppi and see how much sharper
    your images are.

    There's a lot more to be said, but try that first.

    Ray Murphy, Dec 15, 2003
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