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caseyfromlosangeles Calculating status...
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Aug 25, 2013 8:28 AM

Photographic images look great on othe computer but are very poor when printed.  How can I generate high quality prints? I've tried all printer settings. I don't get the preview option in the print setup window? Another post suggested printing through adobe [?]. I don't know how to do this.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 8:48 AM (in response to caseyfromlosangeles)

    Which resolution have the photos? To get good prints they have to be 200 - 300 dpi.


    To get the preview option usually you have to click on the triangle/arrow on the right of the Printer name.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:02 AM (in response to caseyfromlosangeles)

    Exactly how are you disappointed by the printed result?


    What printer are you using and what paper?


    dpi = dots per inch. You take the measure of the image and divide its size in Pages into the number of pixels to get the actual resolution.


    Quality printing requires 300dpi so your photos are only good enough for 3.4".


    The fact that a photo looks good on your screen tells you nothing really. The screen does not usually display at more than roughly 92dpi, except retina which is more, and the paper that you print it to is not a tranlucent glossy sheet that glows.


    There is a skill to preparing images for reproduction on paper, that requires color balancing, adjusting the max and minimum density of images, correcting for blemishes, and correctly converting from RGB to CMYK inks.


    What is the origin of the photos?


    What file format?


    How much compression was used on the images?


    What is the actual file size of the images in Finder?



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to caseyfromlosangeles)

    What setting do you use for the jpeg conversion?


    We really do need to know what the actual resolution is. Do the maths.


    You are printing directly from Pages and not creating pdfs?


    Are you using any transparency including drop shadows, reflections, 3D graphs and some bitmap borders?


    Again what printer are you using and have you tested printing exactly the same jpgs at the same size from other applications?


    If you like send me a sample of the Pages document, by clicking on my blue name and emailing it to me.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to caseyfromlosangeles)

    Sorry my telepathic powers are weak this early in the morning.


    Could you please answer the questions.


    jpegs destined for quality print should be set to maximum quality.


    "ok re maths"? What does that mean? What is the resolution? What is the printed size?


    Printing from pdfs is different than printing from Pages, particularly when the files have transparency.


    Have you tested printing the jpegs from something else than Pages? How else will you know the problem is Pages?




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