7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2013 12:52 PM by PeterBreis0807
caseyfromlosangeles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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)
  • 1. Re: printing from Pages
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

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

    Printer?

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

  • 2. Re: printing from Pages
    caseyfromlosangeles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response.

    Any printer.

    I reduce the photos to 1020 pixels on one side.  I don't know the DPI. The image is very sharp on the monitor so I know the resolution is there.

  • 3. Re: printing from Pages
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)

    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?

     

    Peter

  • 4. Re: printing from Pages
    caseyfromlosangeles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. In responce:    

    The printed image is blurry: does not capture any detail. The images on the printer are very high quality and can be enlarged considerably to evaluate details. 

     

    I color correct on the TIFF in photoshop from a QPCard before I generate a jpeg copy for documents.  I keep a file of TIFFs as a reference for all objects.

     

    I am not versed in controlling image size but systematically reduce large jpeg images to 1020 pixels on one side to drop into powerpoints + PAGES docs. The size is capable of producing a very good quality image projected onto a screen. It also allows me to create Pages documents that are not unmanageably large, while retaining the quality I require.  The problem is that the image quality is lost - I am not mislead by a  glossy glowing  screen .  I do not reduce the file size when I save Pages docs or print them but think there is an automatic setting that is converting the printed image to a more manageable size.  

     

    Any printer I've tried capable of printing high qualtiy images.

  • 5. Re: printing from Pages
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)

    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.

     

    Peter

  • 6. Re: printing from Pages
    caseyfromlosangeles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Peter

    jpeg; usually 5-8.

    ok re maths

    printing from either pages or pdfs

    I do use features but the quality drop occurs with or without.

     

    "....have you tested printing exactly the same jpgs at the same size from other applications?"   don't understand the question.

  • 7. Re: printing from Pages
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)

    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?

     

    Peter