Top Six Photo Enlargement Tips
Photo Enlargement Rules to Get the Best Possible Results
When working with images in Imagener, keep in mind the following six photo enlargement
tips and considerations. Forced resolution techniques, awareness of image resolution, avoiding lossy formats, image sharpening and making sure to avoid photo software not meant for photo enlargement will help you get the best final enlargement results.
Imagener is one of the few products that has the ability to force resolution into images. This technique should only be used on images that are not at the 240 dots-per-inch (dpi
for short) minimum most professional printers require for professional output. Low resolution images are often those images that have been optimized for web pages and are typically 72 dpi
or 96 dpi
. If you have a photo that you want to enlarge that is between 150 dpi
and 300 dpi
, forced resolution could work satisfactorily. See our article “Forcing Resolution Into Images.”
2. Be aware of Image Resolution
When working with images, you should also stay away from image formats that are known as “lossy.” This means the image is in a file type that was created especially to display well on a monitor. As you probably know by now, many images will not necessarily print out with the same quality the human eye perceives on a computer monitor. An image can look stunning but have a very low “pixel density.” See our article
“What is the Best File Format for Photo Printing?”
for more information.
Many of our customers use our photo software products (Imagener and YottaPrint) on laptop computers. Laptops are fine, but they often cannot accomodate expanding the memory or upgrading the video card (and along with it the video memory). Memory is relatively inexpensive for desktop computers, higher grade video cards are falling in price, and we recommend upgrading both in whatever computer you use for Imagener or Yottaprint. Doing so will not only improve your computer's ability to work with larger images in memory, but will also improve all other computer functions.
5. Sharpening Always Improves Clarity
Imagener can improve every digital image whether enlarging or not. Imagener employs a well-known procedure photographers call "unsharp mask," (see our article “Unsharp Mask Definition
”) but it does it in real time with the full size of the image viewable. See our article, “How to Make Enlargements Sharper”
for a visual example of how this procedure improves images even if not enlarged.
6. Avoid Photo Software Not Intended for Enlargement
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