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    Question Printing quality

    Hello everyone

    I have some 8x8 layouts that I am considering printing in 12x12. Will I be losing a lot of the quality?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Chrissy,

    It will partially depend on the resolution that they are right now - like 8x8 at 300dpi can be resized to 12x12 at 200dpi without any quality change. But if you 8x8 is a low quality you will get a poor quality print.

    If you have adobe photoshop you can open the lo and resize it to 12x12. Then view it at print size to see if it is still crisp and clear.

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    There are different ideas about this. Some people think there would be a loss of quality and others insist that there is not a noticeable difference (some digi-stores sell product that is 200dpi and most stores sell product that is created at 300 dpi)

    A lot of things would play a part too in the quality -- where you have your pages printed, what type of paper you have your pages printed on.

    GDS offers printing services :) you might want to check out

    If it were me, I would print out a few test pages, one at 8x8 and one at 12x12 to see if I was okay with the printing.



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    In case this thread ever gets read again, and someone wonders the same thing as me....

    I had my .xcf files saved up (the GIMP equivalent of a .psd file), so I used those to transform my 8x8's jpegs into 12x12's. Well, they look amazing! You can't even tell the difference, and I didn't even change the dpi (300). I guess they probably wouldn't have been as good if I had directly resized the jpegs, but I didn't try that, I didn't want to take any chances.

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    I have printed some 8x8 as 12x12 by resizing. Sometimes it comes out ok and sometimes not. I print them myself on a large format printer. Now I scrap in 12x12, save them as 12x12, and if I want to print at 8x8 it always turns out great. Sizing down is a snap and always comes out fine.

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