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Old Feb 2, 2005, 5:35 PM   #1
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I use an online service for all my printing. I use Photoshop Elements 2 as my image editor. I can do some basics (brightness, contrast, saturation, fix red eye, unsharpen mask). In the books I have been reading about Photoshop, I have run into the terms resolution, dpi, ppi, resize, etc and am getting confused. After I finish editing in elements I save my file as a jpeg (I shoot only jpegs) with a quality of 12, maximum and I use the baseline standard format, then I upload to a printing service and order my prints. My confusion has to do with the image resize choice in elements. I want to get the best quality prints that I can, should I change the default 72 ppi to say, 300 ppi. Does that improve my image for printing?

My current workflow is: crop to print dimensions that I want (usually 4x6),clean upimage, save as a new name in highest quality, upload and order prints. Anything I am missing?
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Old Feb 7, 2005, 1:29 PM   #2
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You want to be aiming for 200-300 dpi at the size you're printing. If you are printing at 6x4 then you want somewhere round 1200x800 to 1800x1200 pixels. It doesn't really matter if thesoftware says this is 16x11 inches at 72 dpias long as you have enough pixels to make the print at the size and resolution you want.
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