Photoshop Tutorials For Beginners - Printing Digital Camera Images

By: Golden Fleece Enterprises

Have you edited a photograph on your computer and when you went to print it, it was just a tiny image on the page? Have you ever emailed a digital photo to your mother but the image file size was so big that her inbox rejected your attachment?

Image Dimensions

Pixels are the name of the tiny dots that make up an image and resolution is a measurement of how many pixels fit into one inch.

Our televisions, computer screens and even digital cameras are full of pixels - thousands upon thousands of them all crowded together so closely it fools the human brain into thinking it is a smooth, unbroken photo.

The more pixels within an image, the better the picture looks. On the contrary, if the pixel count is too low, the image quality degrades. A pixelated image results when the pixel count is so low, you can see the jaggy edges.

Photos taken by digital cameras have a high pixel count whereas most home computer displays have a low pixel count, generally under 100 pixels in an inch. Displaying high resolution images on a low resolution device results in an image that appears much larger than the computer screen. Digital cameras take images at high resolution to allow photographic quality prints. But e-mailing this large image file will use megabytes of data and many e-mail clients will refuse it.

Image Resampling

The answer is resampling the image which is computer speak for altering the resolution. Decreasing the number of pixels makes the image appear normal on a computer monitor. And this will allow you to e-mail Mom with the hottest family photos from your latest vacation. But after decreasing the resolution of the image, don't be expecting to get a quality photograph any longer since you've removed too many pixels.

So here is the main thing to remember. Digital images that will be printed need to be at a high resolution whereas images displayed on a computer display need only a low resolution.

If you would like to do both, make a copy of your original digital image for playing around with. In addition to preparing for both printing and viewing images correctly, this is also a well recommended backup plan for all of your digital images.

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For a more in-depth description of how to re-sample digital images and more topics on photo resolution, visit for how to use Photoshop.

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