Before taking a picture, determine the quality of an image and how it can be used in a layout. Use the highest quality setting available on the camera. The pixel dimensions of an image identify the resolution. Dividing the pixel width and height by 300 determines the dpi. Divide by 400 for images with text.


For example:

A digital camera image (with no text) = 1200 pixels x 1600 pixels

1200 divided by 300 = 400 inches, 1600 divided by 300 = 5.33 inches



The image can print at this size or smaller for clear and crisp printing. This size would be acceptable for full bleed trading cards (print size 3.5 in. x 2.5 in.) or post cards (print size 3.5 in. x 5 in.).

Digital cameras use the RGB color mode. When RGB is converted to CMYK, images tend to darken. Brighten and sharpen your image for clearer printing and convert all images to the CMYK color mode, if possible. Professionals frequently use Adobe Photoshop for this task.





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