3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 1:25 PM by Old Toad
mganner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am creating a book in iPhoto 11 for the first time. In older versions, I would get a yellow triangle indicating my image quality was too low for that size image. Based on other threads, it looks like iPhoto no longer gives the warning. What is the best way to know if the image will print okay? Is there a workaround so I can check the quality of the image prior to printing out the book?

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,255 points)

    I noticed that there's not resolution waring also.  Create a PDF file of the book and look at the pages at full sized with Preview and determine if the photos are sharp enough for you.


    I ran a test with two images, one 4000 x 3000 pixels and the other 230 x 200 pixels in a 2 photo per page book page and then created a pdf of the book, Modern Lines theme.  This is a screenshot of  the page in Preview at View ➙ View Full Sized:



    This screenshot is of the same photo in a different 2 photo per page layout in the same theme.  It does look more like I expected:





    Right click on the image and select Show in New Window from the Contextual menu.  I'm really surprised the first example of the small image looked as good as it did. I expected a very pixelated image like the second example but iPhoto upsized it rather nicely. So iPhoto can upsize a small photo to some degree but I don't recommend relying on it for such small images.   And it is a very, very, very small image.  Soif your image is reasonably large you should be OK.  But check it in the PDF file.



  • mganner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OT - thank you for your help. This is time consuming, but much better than a book with poor images. I am thinking of buying Aperture because it still has the yellow triangle low resolution warning. Do you think that is a good long term solution?


    Thanks again, Maureen

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,255 points)

    I don't use Aperture so can't comment.  How small are your photos?  What's the smallest pixel dimension of the photos you're using?  You may be overly concerned about nothing.