How do I make sure digital prints aren't blurry?
July 14, 2007 9:15 PM Subscribe
How can I be sure that my digital photos are not blurry before printing them at 8x10?
posted by sugarfish to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've decided to enter some photos in my county fair. Prints entered have to be 8x10 and are "not to be altered by computer." I take that to mean that I cannot use a sharpening filter on them. They also must be printed from a lab -- no home printing.
My photos are taken with a 5mp camera at 2560x1920.
I've had pictures from this camera printed before, and while some turned out quite lovely, others are blurry when they're actually in my hands. I need to know what I can use to be sure that a picture is clear enough to be printed at a photolab, as I am not interested in having a ton of prints I can't use around. I do not have a color printer to test a picture and I'm not sure that would be helpful, anyway.
I am using Mac OSX on a Macbook and I downloaded the Aperture trial today. The loupe tool is way cool but I'm not sure what I'm seeing with it. If something is blurry in the magnification does that mean it will print badly? Is there something else I can use to make sure before I get a given photo printed?
Thanks in advance. If I win a ribbon it will be all thanks to you.