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Halloween Theme DVD Package

Introducing our new DVD Package for Halloween – with a motion menu. Motion Menu for Halloween Theme DVD

Image resolution, dpi, ppi and scanning tips

Image Resolution, ppi, dpi and Megapixels:

Resolution is the measurement of how many dots/pixels fit into one inch. The higher resolution, the sharper the image will be. Low resolution images print fuzzy, jagged and blurry.

Printer’s resolutions are expressed in dpi, dots per inch. DPI is a measure of printer’s quality. In general, the more dpi, the smoother is the tonal gradation in the print, the finer the definition and the wider the color gamut.

Digital image from a scanner is expressed in ppi or pixels per inch.

The multiplication of the 2D pixel dimension of an image amounts to the Megapixels values of the image.   An image of 640×480 is 0.3 Megapixels.

Image Resolution for Printing:

Minimum resolution for magazine-quality printing is 300ppi, so an image of 1200×900 will only allow for a decent print of 4 x 3 inches (1200pixels/300ppi=4 inches by 900pixels/300ppi=3 inches). 1200×900=0.96Mpixels.

If you want a decent 8×10 print, you will need the image of 2400×3000 (~7Megpixels).

Resolution rules:

  1. Images should be 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the final print size.
  2. Images which include text should be 400 dpi at the print final size.
  3. Computer monitors generally have a display setting of 72 dpi.
  4. Resolution and image size are inversely proportional to each other. Enlarge an image, the resolution decreases; reduce an image, the resolution increases. Example: a 2 x 2″ image at 300 dpi (acceptable) enlarged to 4 x 4″ has a new resolution of 150 dpi (unacceptable).

Some Scanning Tips:
The settings used during the original “capture” of an image (ie: scanning) determine its base resolution, therefore, it is crucial to scan your photos at the right resolution.

  1. Before you scan, you need to know what size your image will be in your final print. If in doubt, overestimate the size you will need. If you need to restore or retouch a damaged photo, double the scan resolution.
    • If the original image is larger than the size it will be in your print, simply scan at 300 dpi or 400 dpi if image includes text.
    • If the original image is smaller than the size it will be in your file, you need to calculate the resolution at which you must scan. Increase the scanning resolution by the same percentage you will be enlarging the original image. For example: if the original is 4×6, you can scan at 300dpi if you want to print at 4×6, 600dpi if you want a print of 8×10.
    • Increase the scanning resolution (300 dpi if image doesn’t have text; 400 dpi if it includes text) by the same percentage you will be enlarging the original image.

2. Save your scanned images as lossless formats such as TIF or EPS files to best preserve color and sharpness. File formats JPEG are lossy compression for web pages, as they compress color and pixel resolution to enhance transmission speed.

3. Most scanners save images in the RGB color space. To print on a four-color printing press, all RGB images need to be converted to CMYK.

What is 3D Photo Montage?

In still imagery art, photomontage is the process of compositing a new photograph by joining a number of other Images (more info, here).

In motion graphic art, digital photo montage is also known as: DVD biography, digital photo album, DVD video slideshow or digital photo slideshow with music, which is a video clip created out of the compilation of still photos and/or video clips. Note: A slideshow is not necessarily a video unless it is encoded and interlaced with audio at a much higher frame rates (30fps for NTSC or 25fps for PAL).

The simplest slideshow is a sequence of images displayed at a certain interval with some simple transition effects.  Some video editing applications  are needed in order to edit and encode the sequence along with audio into a video clip (NTSC, PAL or SECAM). The images can be manipulated to produce a sense of motion.  One of most commonly used technique is called Ken Burns, which  is a type of pan-and-scan effect used in video production from still imagery. 

3D Photo Montage  employs the similar concept as in 3D animation.  The still images are composited in a seamless 3D motion graphic background. Explore our website or blog site for some creative 3D photo montage.

New Photo Album Templates

We have added a few new photo album templates, check them out.


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