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Image resolution

It starts with your camera. No, it is not necessary to have that latest high-end model digital camera. But what is important is that the camera that you have is placed in the highest resolution mode in the camera menu.

Rule of thumb: change the settings in a way that fewer pictures fit on your storage card. The smaller that number, the higher resolution your photos will be. Even an older 5 mega pixel camera can produce phenomenal clarity and detail, as long as the menu settings are placed in a high resolution mode. For Photo Books, where images won’t be much larger than the size of a 12 x 12 page, a minimum 5 megapixel camera in high resolution settings will do the trick. It is true that a 12 Megapixel camera can produce a better image, but the difference is only visible to the average person when the image is enlarged to a really huge size. Most cell phone camera images are not up to the task, so better leave these out of a photo book. In case the software warns you that the resolution is too low, do the following to correct the situation:

Hover with your mouse over the image. Look at the bottom of your screen and read the DPI value of the image. We print our books in 400 DPI (dots per inch of ink). If the resolution is over 150, your printed work will look great. From 120 to 150: it will look good, 100 to 120 still ok, but not the best.  If the resolution value shows below 100, fix the problem in your book, by resizing the image to a smaller size. Hover again over the photo and see what the new DPI value is, try to reach that 100 number. If the images are kept small, it is usually OK to ignore the software “low resolution” warnings.