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Hi. I have some basic printing questions:

-What is a good way to test an image on the computer screen for its potential print size? Using an image as desktop background on a 22" monitor---is that a good indication of approximate print size?

-By converting an image to b&w in Photoshop, is that help make it possible to print even bigger since noise and grain are no longer a problem but actually part of the image aesthetic?

Thanks in advance.



Jul 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM
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looking at your images at 50% will give you a approximation of what size at a maximum size you can print your image. A good rule of thumb would be, take your images dimensions and divide by 180 (ppi) and that will give you a realistic size you can print with out enlarging the image. Enlarging the file by as much as 400% can still give reasonable results though a softer image, viewed at a reasonable distance will be fine up close may fall apart somewhat.

B&W or just adding some noise to a enlarged color photo can definitely help with really large prints.



Jul 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
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WAYCOOL wrote:
looking at your images at 50% will give you a approximation of what size at a maximum size you can print your image. A good rule of thumb would be, take your images dimensions and divide by 180 (ppi) and that will give you a realistic size you can print with out enlarging the image. Enlarging the file by as much as 400% can still give reasonable results though a softer image, viewed at a reasonable distance will be fine up close may fall apart somewhat.

B&W or just adding some noise to a enlarged color photo can definitely help
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That is exactly what I needed to know, especially the bit about b&w. Thanks.



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WAYCOOL wrote:
looking at your images at 50% will give you a approximation of what size at a maximum size you can print your image. A good rule of thumb would be, take your images dimensions and divide by 180 (ppi) and that will give you a realistic size you can print with out enlarging the image. Enlarging the file by as much as 400% can still give reasonable results though a softer image, viewed at a reasonable distance will be fine up close may fall apart somewhat.

B&W or just adding some noise to a enlarged color photo can definitely help
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50% works best if the image is about 200ppi or lower. At 300 ppi or 400 ppi 25% works best. So you have to figure out what ppi the image is going to be printed at, and then check accordingly.



Aug 07, 2012 at 06:23 PM





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