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What megapixel size shots are needed for a calendar?

1782 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2007 11:59 AM by Old Toad RSS
Michael Levenston Calculating status...
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I have a Canon that shoots 3.2 megapixel shots, 2048 x 1536, and when I place these in single, double or even triple layout pages I get a yellow exclamation mark and this message over the photo: "This photo may print at too low a quality."

What size images does Apple expect us to have for their calendar pages? Is there a chart that lists the size of images for all the layouts (single image through to seven images)?

Do I need a new camera?

Many thanks, Mike
Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • John Guo Level 5 Level 5 (5,165 points)
    I would say at least 6 megapixtals or above for the calendar. The calendar is pretty big, so you need a big picture. Or, I am not sure if you can do this, but how about putting more than one picture in the zone? Like I said, not sure if you can do this. And for your 3.2 megapixtal camera, its pictures are too small in photography of 2007.
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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,985 points)

    I've ordered calendars with photos from a camera with a max pixel size of 1600 x 1200 and was very happy with the results. iPhoto's print warning is set at 140 dip (not sure if it's for ordering prints or items other than books which is 180.

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  • Cloudhr Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Interesting thing... I've been putting together a calendar and organizing photos in iPhoto '08 on my 12.1" Powerbook running 10.4.11 and never before did I get the yellow exclamation point. I copied my iPhoto library to my dual gig Leopard G4 and now I get the exclamation point on my calendar without the text warning. What's up with that?

    G4 Dual Gig w MDD and 12" G4 Powerbook., Mac OS X (10.5), Toshiba Satellite running XP sp2
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,985 points)
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    Dec 3, 2007 11:59 AM (in response to Cloudhr)
    I think iPhoto 8 has upped the threshold for low resolution warning. The PrintWarningImageDPI is 140 dpi and the BookWarningImageDPI is 180 dpi. It may be the same for the calendar, 180.
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