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What size does a file need to be to make a quality print? 11x14, 8x10, 5x7, 4x6. I printed a pic and it was very pixelated and someone said it was because of the file size. There are some good pics I found from the morgue file and flickr that I would like to use in as a background layer but how do I know if the pic is large enough? For example I was trying to place a picture of a couple in a wine glass. I got the pic from the morgue file but it was too small and I could not use it. Someone on this forum posted a pic that she uses and it worked. Her pic size was larger I guess. Is there a way you can make a file larger?
A google search for 'printing photos file size' brought up this site, which has a chart for printing at 200 ppi & 300 ppi http://www.urban75.org/photos/print.html.
If you want to check out some more of the search results - click this
http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHM ... 8f1bff98ea
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a google search for 'photoshop resolution' brought up this helpful site
http://www.photoshopessentials.com/esse ... e-quality/
if you would like to check out more info about image size & resolution click this
http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHM ... resolution

Please indicate which version of photoshop elements you are using.
I find the help files included with the programs are very useful for the basics. Also, there are several good authors who publish good books & tutorials. Mark Galer, Deke McClelland, Philip Andrews, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker & Dave Cross to name a few.

Photoshopelementsuser com has hundreds of good tutorial videos
There is an annual $59 subscription fee to the site which publishes a magazine & online articles as well
http://www.photoshopelementsuser.com/
I found the site most helpful & well worth the annual subscription fee.


Kelby Online Training also has many lessons for both photography & some versions of photoshop. Should you subscribe, you will need to end the subscription at the end of the billing month, or another month's subscription is automatically billed.
Betty
Win 8.1, PS CC, Canon bridge P&S
You can make files larger, but depending on how much larger you try to make it, and what method you use, the results can be pretty lousy.

When you're in PSE and have the photo open, look down at the bottom left for a status bar that says something like "70% 6 inches x 4 inches (300ppi)." That's an example from the photo I last worked on. I wanted to print it as a 4x6 and I knew that 300 ppi would give me very good print quality. You can get good prints from lower ppi's (pixel per inch) too; check those references Betty gave above to learn more. If that information is not showing up in your status bar, look for the little black arrowhead and click it, choose Document Dimensions. (I'm using PSE 9, which could be different form yours.)

You can also choose from the main menu, Image > Resize > Image Size. Read up on the help for that menu and the references Betty gave if you want to try to make a photo larger (or smaller).

Courtney
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