Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Help needed in understanding cropping

  1. #1

    Default Help needed in understanding cropping

    Hi all,

    This is a very basic question, am just starting out in PS. My images are shot in RAW with Oly C5050Zoom (5MP). Some of my underwater subjects are very small i.e. 1 cm only. With the help of macro lenses, I can barely fill 1/2 to 1/3 of the frame sometimes.

    Thus I need to crop the image a fair bit to give it a fair composition. I would like to print them as 4R size. What I have been doing is setting the crop tool size to 4"x6" with resolution of 300ppi and crop. How do I know whether the pic would turn out pixelated before sending it for printing? Alternatively is there a smarter way to do?

    Thanks for all the help

  2. #2
    Moderator ortega's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    23,686
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by fongwee
    Hi all,

    This is a very basic question, am just starting out in PS. My images are shot in RAW with Oly C5050Zoom (5MP). Some of my underwater subjects are very small i.e. 1 cm only. With the help of macro lenses, I can barely fill 1/2 to 1/3 of the frame sometimes.

    Thus I need to crop the image a fair bit to give it a fair composition. I would like to print them as 4R size. What I have been doing is setting the crop tool size to 4"x6" with resolution of 300ppi and crop. How do I know whether the pic would turn out pixelated before sending it for printing? Alternatively is there a smarter way to do?

    Thanks for all the help
    4r size is 1800 px by 1200 px

    crop to the above size and view at 100% to see if it is pixelated

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Cons digger.
    Posts
    3,924

    Default

    my friend ever "stole" pictures from my web page (600 X 400) to test print with a photo printer and i was amazed it turn out pretty well.. no discernable pixelations at 4R..

    ortega: 4R with (1800 X 1200) is the equivalent to 6" x 4" at 300dpi.

    I normally print at only 180dpi
    “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” - Adolf Hitler

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    46

    Default

    If you first crop the image with 6"x4" @ 300dpi, you should set zoom level to approx 30%. this will show the image on the screen with a physical size of approx 6" x 4". Now if you can see pixelization , it will apprear in the print. (Zoom percentage will depend upon your monitor resolution. Typically monitor use 72 pixels to show 1 physical inch on the screen, while Printer if printed @300dpi will use 300 pixels to print 1 physical inch).

  5. #5
    Moderator ortega's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    23,686
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    my friend ever "stole" pictures from my web page (600 X 400) to test print with a photo printer and i was amazed it turn out pretty well.. no discernable pixelations at 4R..

    ortega: 4R with (1800 X 1200) is the equivalent to 6" x 4" at 300dpi.

    I normally print at only 180dpi
    occupational harzard, i don't use anything below 300dpi

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    occupational harzard, i don't use anything below 300dpi
    look like 300dpi alredi get stuck in our brain - actually the high end machine only require 240dpi. better not to confuse stick to 300dpi.

  7. #7

    Default

    Thanks everyone for the advice. Would try that out Still learning

  8. #8

    Default

    For me I normally leave the dpi to empty. And set the width and height to 4" x 6"

    This, Photoshop will just do a cropping without resizing the photograph.

    However, if I want to send for print, I know my width and height is 1800 x 1200 x 300dpi. Then I will resize it to that IF my picture is bigger than this size.

    For picture that is smaller than this after cropping, I normally use the 10% upsize method.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •