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Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage

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Chapter 14. Printing Your Photos

Now that you’ve gone to so much trouble making your photos look terrific, you’ll probably want to share them with other people. The next three chapters look at the many different options Elements gives you for sharing your photos with the world at large.

This chapter covers the traditional method—printing your photos. You can print your photos at home on an inkjet printer, take them to a printing kiosk at a local store, or use an online printing service. Adobe makes it especially easy to use Ofoto, their online printing partner. And you’re not limited to merely ordinary prints these days. You can create hardcover books, calendars, album pages, and greeting cards, too.

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Printing is one area where the differences between the Windows and Mac versions of Elements start to become apparent. This chapter points out any big differences as they come up.

Getting Ready to Print

Whether you’re going to print at home or send your photos out, you need to make sure your image file is setup to give you good-looking prints.

The first thing to check is your photo’s resolution, which controls the number of pixels in your image. If you don’t have enough pixels in your photo, you’re not going to get a good print. 300 pixels per inch (ppi) is usually considered optimum, and a quality print needs a resolution of at least 150 ppi to avoid the grainy look you see in low-resolution photos (see page 64 for more on setting your photo’s resolution).

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Be sure you set your resolution ...

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