Check the resolution of your image

You want to look at the Document Size section of the dialog box. Start by checking the ppi setting. If it's too low, like 72 ppi, then go to the bottom of the dialog box and turn off Resample Image. Then, in the Document Size area, enter the ppi you want. The dimensions should become smaller to reflect the greater density of the pixels. If they don't, click OK and then open the dialog box again.

3. Check the physical size of your photo .

Look at the numbers in the Document Size area. Are they what you want? If so, then you're all done. Click Okay.

Figure 10-17. Different resolution settings can dramatically alter the quality of a printout. Top: A photo with a resolution of 300 ppi. Bottom: The same photo, with resolution set to 72 ppi. Too few pixels stretched too far causes this kind of blocky, blurry printing. When you can see the individual pixels, a photo is sai to be pixelated.

Figure 10-17. Different resolution settings can dramatically alter the quality of a printout. Top: A photo with a resolution of 300 ppi. Bottom: The same photo, with resolution set to 72 ppi. Too few pixels stretched too far causes this kind of blocky, blurry printing. When you can see the individual pixels, a photo is sai to be pixelated.

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