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Printing an Enlargement, unfortunately, isn't as simple as finding your best Low Resolution image on the web and having it enlarged to fill an A4 (8X12") photo frame.

In the print world anything below 150Pixels per inch (PPI) is miserably low resolution and usually pixelated beyond recognition if enlarged. Even though 150Pixels per inch is getting to be more respectable, the industry standard for optimum quality is 304 PPI. Unless you're planning on printing a billboard, which then asks for 600PPI to cope with the enlargement needed.

Photoshop is an amazing application, but despite its ability to transform virtually anything into a thing of beauty . . . over enlarging images is one short fall. If quality and image sharpness is vital to you, as it should be, then its advisable not to enlarge an image by more than 140% to avoid visible degradation of the image.

In my time as a Desktop Publisher, Ive sadly seen the quality of print rapidly decrease. But not to any fault of the printers! Its seems that with the digital era, came an acceptance for the mediocre. The quality of digital material delivered to printers is often questionable and even shocking at times. We would often be stunned by clients who would complain about a spelling error in the text while they have no problems with an image next to it that is pixelated beyond recognition.

It seems, in an attempt to rescue the situation, a fantastic company invented software which will allow one to enlarge an image up to 600% of its original size without loosing quality or detail . . . well so they claim. But having used it myself . . . its actually pretty close on that claim. While it cant add detail where there is none, it does a great job at maintaining edge sharpness and hiding pixels. But the usual rules apply in this scenario . . . 'rubbish in = rubbish out'. You can't improve a picture that's already bad quality . . . in fact, by enlarging it, its now just a BIG bad quality picture.

Here is one aspect of consideration that does help. Detail and sharpness are literally in the eye of the beholder, and it all depends on how far away that eye is viewing your material. For example, you would be shocked and amazed to see what a billboard print actually looks like from 2 metres away. Distance is your friend!

In conclusion: Get the best quality image you can lay your hands on and ask TGVphoto to do an enlargement for you. Then make sure your image is viewed from the appropriate distance!

Contact me for a price on enlarging your digital image and, or printing it