DSP, we strive to bring you the best quality products possible. Not only because we care about you, but
also because we use them to preserve our family history too!
have been tested and print beautifully, but there are a few things
to remember. The quality
of the prints you get from your printer depends on many variables
such as printer brand and model, paper brand and type, ink brand,
print settings, temperature and humidity, and even the coverage
of colors on the images.
Printers and Paper
There are many printers on the market that will give you great prints
without blowing your budget.
Do a search for reviews and research the best printer for
you. Usually you will
get the best results by using the same brand of printer, ink, and
paper. Glen Menin explains, "Manufacturers
recommend specific papers for their printers because the chemical
properties of the receiver layers are formulated with the printer
makers' own inks in mind. The bottom line is, if you're looking
to print photos or any kind of archival documentation, your best
bet is to go with the manufacturer's paper recommendation after
choosing the finish you want. (PC
Magazine, "Inside PC Labs: Becoming the Prince of Prints,"
by Glenn Menin, February 12, 2002)
However, there are always exceptions and we recommend you experiment to find
the best paper for your prints and your price range.
You also need to consider the quality of the images you wish to print.
Resolution is measured in PPI (pixels per inch) and needs
to be high enough for good quality prints. 72-96 PPI is commonly used for web graphics,
but would not print well.
150-300 PPI is normally suggested for printing.
While 300 PPI is commonly accepted by
professional graphic designers, their images are also made to be
color separated, made into printing plates, and printed on commercial
presses. Since we are
printing images on ink jet printers, our optimal settings would
naturally be different. Months
of research shows that the experts dont even agree on the
best image resolution for ink jet printers, but the accepted range
is 150-250 PPI. See
the table below.
PPI for quality prints on ink jet printers:
To please our customers, DSP offers graphics at 300 PPI and resizing help for those who prefer to scrap at 200 PPI.
Practicality and Quality
As the leader in this industry, we make digital
scrapping practical. We keep our fize sizes as small as possible, and offer resources for resizing graphics. For those on dialup or limited data, or others for whom 12x12 files at 300 PPI are too hard on
their systems, we help resize to a more usable 200 PPI.
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) said this, Did
you know that a 300-ppi Photoshop document is approximately twice
the size of a 220-ppi Photoshop document?
Crazy but it's true. It's called Adobe Math.
We don't pretend to understand Adobe Math, but we do understand
its effects on our Photoshop documents.
Make certain that you're using the appropriate resolution
for your files. It's amazing how many people design Web graphics
at 300 ppi (Yikes)! Try
these Adobe recommended Resolutions to give yourself and Photoshop
CS a break.
the screen frequency (lpi) value-specified"
paragraph, from an article by Kleber Stephenson entitled, Optimizing
Adobe Photoshop CS for Windows XP, is reprinted by permission
of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) (www.photoshopuser.com). The article in its entirety is available
to NAPP members at www.photoshopuser.com/napmem/whitepaper.html.
it for yourself
If you'd like to test different PPI values on your chosen printer/paper
combination, please do so properly. To create an image at
300 PPI and simply resize to 200 PPI is not a fair evaluation, as
quality is lost in the resize. You must create an image at
300 PPI, then create the same image at 200 PPI to do a proper comparison, since you would be creating layouts at 200 PPI,
not creating them at 300 PPI and resizing them.
But what if I get published in a magazine?
This is a common question, since most of the magazines
request the files in 300 PPI. Fortunately, at the sizes the
layouts are printed in the magazines or even higher quality books,
200 PPI is sufficient for those prints as well. Team Digital
has had personal experience with layouts created at 200 PPI in every
scrapbook magazine and many books. If the magazine requires
300 PPI, and you created it in 200 PPI, simply resize the layout to 300 PPI. It will not
actually increase the quality, but it will meet their specifications,
and it was already at a good print quality, especially at the smaller
size they will use. As long as you create the layout at a
decent size, 5x7 or higher, you don't need to worry.
So, DSP offers the best of both worlds, graphics at 300 PPI and resizing help for those who prefer to scrap at 200 PPI. We know youll love the print quality
of either resolution, as well as the smaller file sizes if you resize to 200 PPI.
Quicker downloads, faster processing, and room for storing
more kits! We are experts
in digital scrapping, not image printing, which is why we went to
the image experts. If
you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the experts
About.com Graphics Software
Getting Started Scanning... by Sue Chastain
you're using your printer's "normal" setting (300 dpi),
your image needed to have at least 150 ppi. When using the higher
quality printer settings (720 dpi and up), you can bring the PPI
down to about 1/3 of the output resolution. That would be 240 ppi
for your printer's 720 dpi setting. Since writing this article
photo printers have gotten much better--the dots are smaller and
more compact--but still, you rarely need your image resolution to
be higher than 240-300 ppi for inkjet printing.
Photo Expert How To: Choose the Correct Scanning Resolution
ideal image resolution range is from 250 to 300 dpi for EPSON Photo
printers. 250/300 dpi is the best resolution for
a 20 x 30 cm photo where the viewer distance is very close. In the
case of a larger photo, we usually assume that the viewing
distance is equal to the document size. This allows the image resolution
to be smaller, which makes the data file smaller. For example, for
a 60 X 80 cm photo, 200 dpi image resolution is acceptable.
HP Digital Photography center
10 quick tips for perfect prints
standard unit of measurement for your picture's sharpness is dots
per inch, or dpi. You should be sure that the electronic file of
your photo is at least 240 dpi for smaller photos (4 x 6 and below)
and 300 dpi for larger ones (5 x 7 and above).
The Imaging Resource
Pixels, Dots, and Inches: How Big Can I Print It By Dave Etchells
you can probably plan on useful PPI values of 120-150 for 720 dpi
printers, and somewhere around 150-180 PPI for the 1440 ones. For
the special "photo" printers, expect to be at the high
end of these ranges, as those devices hold more detail in highlight
areas as well as in the shadows, revealing more jaggies than their
is also used to describe the quality of an inkjet print. Print resolution
is expressed in ppi (pixels per inch). A resolution of 225 ppi is
sufficient for making a high-quality inkjet print.
Print your digital photos
Compare the cost and convenience of printing your digital photos
from a printer or online photo store By Deena Waisberg
Photos are made up of digital dots (or pixels). You'll want
a certain resolution (or dots per inch) to get a clear picture.
George Perdicaris, digital media maker and instructor at Toronto
Image Works, a school that teaches new-media computer training,
recommends a minimum of 150 dots per inch (dpi) and ideally 200
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
paragraph above, from an article by Kleber Stephenson entitled,
Optimizing Adobe Photoshop CS for Windows XP, is reprinted
by permission of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals
(NAPP) (www.photoshopuser.com). The article in its entirety is available
to NAPP members at www.photoshopuser.com/napmem/whitepaper.html.
Prints and the Resolution by M David Stone
If you know the lpi rating
for your ink jet (or laser, for that matter) printer at the printer
resolution you plan to use, you can base the image resolution on
the same rule of thumb, or else ignore the lpi and use either 150
ppi or 200 ppi as the optimum resolution, regardless of the printer
The Big Pixel By Carla
Thornton From the December 2001 issue of PC World Magazine
Anything above 150 ppi will
allow good-quality photos on ink jet printers capable of 720 by
720 dots per inch or higher. (Note: Consumer ink jet printers don't
make use of over-300-ppi digital images.)
Choosing a Digital Camera By Ron Lacey
The rule of thumb
to achieve quality prints on an inkjet printer is that the print
should be made at at least 150 pixels per inch (or PPI), with 200
to 300 for larger prints.
So when IS there any advantage of 300 dpi? By Wayne Fulton
Photo quality inkjet
printers want 250 to 300 ppi images (scaled to final size), but
anything over 300 ppi is a real stretch of the imagination. Improved
detail at up to 300 ppi is sometimes detectable on the sharpest
images, and I often aim for 300 ppi. It's a very subtle difference,
and even when not imaginary, it is lost altogether if viewed at
arms length. 240 ppi is typically fine, and 150 ppi is enough for
plain paper, or very large images, and sometimes for less sharp
snapshot images too.
Light Photography Online Photo Magazine
Introduction to Digital Photography by Frank Phillips
for Prints - 300 ppi The Magic Number
300 ppi has been the "magic number" when producing images
for printing for some time now. You'll frequently see it in magazines
and books. So where did this number come from? The actual
optimum print resolution will vary slightly from printer to printer.
Since there are so many printers available, editors, writers, and
digital printers needed a general "rule of thumb" number
that would work for all printers when they were writing about digital
printers. 300ppi provides enough density for the image that it will
provide good results with any printer.
as with anything technical there are those who would prefer to calculate
the exact "best" resolution rather than use a rule of
thumb. It's been argued that 240 ppi is actually a better figure
to use for printers with a resolution of 1440 dpi and 2880 dpi as
240 is an exact multiple of those resolutions. In other words a
1440 dpi printer would use exactly 6 dots to create each pixel and
a 2880 dpi printer would used exactly 12 dots to create that same
pixel. Frankly you really can't see the difference between 300ppi
and 240ppi in real world prints. The only advantage of using 240
ppi is that your image files will be slightly smaller.