"raoul" <memberadobeforums.com> wrote in message
| What I see as missing and hope someone of Infinite Wisdom can distill is:
What are the basic tips for scanning and importing a photo image to elements
then manipulating that image into a print? My scanner is capable of
producing 170MB (and bigger) image files that slow the program to a crawl.
Hours of work to resize /sharpen a photo and get it to print on my photo
printer - and it looks terrible. I'll learn all the gee-whiz features as I
go (if ever), for now I need some pointers on just getting a scanned photo
to size to a specified size and print(yes the printer works fine and
otherwise prints great photos). Just the basics please.
You do not mention the name of scanner, or printer. That would help answer
The basics of resolution, scaling and printing are explained in many
different ways, but the result is the same for the end user. You have an
original of fixed size. The scanner has different settings for sampling,
such as 100 pixels per inch. Of course there are other settings, and you may
not see this.
Your scanner software probably has presets, which are dependent on the
output device you select. For instance, the software may target a specific
printer and resolution, and then give you a sampling rate that is not too
low, and not too high. The software may re-adjust its settings when you do a
If you scan an 8" x 10" photo at 100 pixels per inch, the file size is 800
pixels by 1000 pixels, and probably consumes at least 2 MB on your disk.
I'll end my intro right there. It takes time to digest and internalize the
concepts. I have a question for you. If you have an 8" x 10" color print,
how much resolution should you sample? 100, 300, 600, 1200, or perhaps some
A reference that may help you can be found at: