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    Printing size of digital work?

    I need to know how large I can print this stuff.
    The image below will be the first subject(no it's not finished. I just uploaded it to give you wonderful commenters something to look at! )

    By the end, I suspect I'll have it around 8000 pixels. Right now it's at 5000 in width. So my question to you is how large can I print this thing before it becomes pixelated?



    Also, SHOULD I make it larger? I can fit in all the detail I really need with this 5k pixel canvas. But, wouldn't making it larger and redefining it be advisable for printing? Let me know! Thanks CA!

    P.S. If you have any advice on how I might improve the color pallet of this piece, I'm all ears. I think it'll need darker darks...or something.

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    What's the resolution of the image? (As in not the pixel dimensions, but the resolution.)

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    Erhm...How do I find the resolution?
    Also, I won't be using the uploaded image from photobucket. It'll be a jpeg straight from my computer. I don't know if you were referring to the resolution from photobucket.

    As far as photoshop is concerned, I don't know where to find resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmpaArt View Post
    Erhm...How do I find the resolution?
    Also, I won't be using the uploaded image from photobucket. It'll be a jpeg straight from my computer. I don't know if you were referring to the resolution from photobucket.

    As far as photoshop is concerned, I don't know where to find resolution.
    It's right in the size thingy (Ctrl+Alt+I) under Document Size, resolution.
    http://www.photoshopessentials.com/e...image-quality/
    Also if you're going to print it, don't use jpg for the print, as it loses quality. Use .tiff.

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    Wait!

    28.346 is the current resolution.

    Aw dang, you replied before I could make up for my idiotic oversight lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmpaArt View Post
    28.346 is the current resolution.
    Well, I suggest you to look through the link I posted, generally the preferred resolution to colour prints is 300.

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    Thanks TinyBird! I really appreciate the speedy feedback. I'll check it out.

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    8000 pixels wide would come to about 26 inches at 300 dpi, which is as good as you need for high res printing. You could even get good results at up to 34 inches, which would translate to about 240 dpi.

    Your main problem working at this size is that your file will be massive and is likely to slow your computer down. If you intend to print big wall-size posters, you can get away with much lower resolution, as theyre generally not intended to be viewed as closely as a small print.

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    Thanks Papageo. That confirms my thoughts after reading the article posted by TinyBird.

    I CERTAINLY do not have a high end computer so I have to work smart with those image sizes. By the time I make an image 5k pixels or more I have already flattened an image and work only on 1 layer. By that point I'm already working on smaller details so that I don't get too much brush lag. It's still pretty difficult to work at that size though.

    If only I had a high end computer to work larger.

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    Make sure you understand the relationships between dpi (which is the resolution), pixel dimensions and "real world" dimensions. Don't take this wrong but that is really digital media 101.

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    6000 pixels on the long side is a pretty good resolution to work in. I try to never work smaller than that (sketches aside, of course). My largest work goes up to 12000 pixels, though. Go easy on the layers and it's fairly doable even with an older machine.

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    If your working large you can pick up a second monitor for pretty cheap these days and double your screen area.

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    Thanks guys!
    Definitely gotta admit that prior to this thread, I didn't even know the purpose of dpi and resolution within photoshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papageo View Post
    Your main problem working at this size is that your file will be massive and is likely to slow your computer down.
    This is exactly why I invested in a small Epson printer farm at my studio. I have a separate server set up to cue directly to all the printers over a network. I have a RIP, but I noticed that using genuine ink and media straight out of PS pretty much give the same results as 3rd party supplies and a RIP after using a spectrophotometer to generate a custom profile.....ok starting to wander here....
    My point is what papageo says is important to look out for, sending large files even over USB can be a risk when spooling them to a printer from a computer used for general purpose and hooked up to the net. ANYTHING can move in on that thread and cause it to crash mid-document (waste of expensive paper an ink). See how much a service bureau (google "reprographics" locally) will do it for, usually they have dedicated printservers to handle this accordingly.

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