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It Looked Good On The Screen. The Print Was Disappointing. Sound Familier?

29 February 2016 - 08:42 PM

Make sure your PSE layout is viewed at 100% before you commit to printing.

Many of us create our layouts at 3600 x 3600 pixels because that translates into a high quality 12" x 12" print.  Before you print your layout, ALWAYS view it at 100%.  You may spot potential problems beforehand, and save yourself from printing a less than perfect layout.

When we view our entire layout no larger than what our screen size can accommodate, it can visually hide the fact that an image on our layout is of poor quality.

What's the resolution of your screen?  Mine is 1600 x 1200 pixels.  So, if I try to view my entire layout crammed onto my screen, obviously, not all 3600 x 3600 pixels can be displayed.  To see it all, go to 100% view and scroll left/right and up/down.  If everything looks good, you will likely be pleased with the print.  If you see unwanted blurry, blotchy areas, you'll have to decide if you can live with that, or take action to make improvements.


(I wrote this post because I'm helping someone understand the importance of viewing at 100%, pictures that have been resized.)

When Dpi Falls Below 300

26 February 2016 - 07:16 PM

The thread "Removing an object from a photo" segued into the topic of resolution and print quality, so I am starting this new thread to continue the discussion.


Often, we add a low resolution photo to a 12x12 300 dpi layout.  When we enlarge the photo to fill the layout, the dpi of that photo usually falls below 300.  That's why the photo looks fuzzy compared to the high resolution scrapbook graphics next to them.


To enlarge the photo, PSE uses a technology called bicubic smoothing to add interpolated pixels.  As a comparison, I enlarged a picture using PSE, then enlarged the same picture using MS Paint so the difference can be seen.  Bicubic smoothing vs no bicubic smoothing.


(These results can be replicated by anyone with both PSE and MS Paint.)



The bicubic smoothing is a little blurry, but still much better than the jagged edges when no bicubic smoothing is applied.


Later this week, I will try out my new program which uses "S-Spline" to add interpolated pixels.  My expectation is that it will look sharper, but not jagged.

Super Sale On Calendar Printing - Under $10

26 December 2015 - 11:47 PM

This sale is in my local flyer.  Look for it or something similar in your area.  Calendars for less than $10, made with your scrapbook pages.  As long as you are happy with the choice of backgrounds, you can upload your square JPGs and get a calendar like this.  You probably have 12 beautiful layouts already made, so making the calendar is pretty much done!


Your JPGs will need to be at least 3000 x 3000 pixels for sharp printing.  Don't use the lower resolution JPGs you post in the gallery.

Trying To Get Neon Green Printed

15 October 2015 - 08:23 AM

I have exported to PDF to get professional printing, but am concerned that my neon green letters won't print super bright.  I used "pure green" (RGB = 0,255,0) when I created this logo.  When I convert to CMYK, the green is dull.  I looked up the CMYK values for "neon green" and it's the same dullness.


I saw a long list of color profiles to choose from when creating my PDF, but I don't know how to interpret them or if they apply to my situation.  I've always left that alone at whatever was the default.


I need some technical advice, please.