We want your images to print beautifully, but photos printed using four-color process printing can look very different than they do on your monitor. Use these tips and techniques to ensure your printed photos are the sharpest and brightest they can be.
The 4by6.com Sample Kit contains examples of these "perfect card" techniques to help you get beautiful results.
Photos typically look brighter on screen than in print. Some images may
need brightness and contrast adjustment to get a matching print.
Darker images should be adjusted, particularly when the
dark areas of a photo contain details. Lighter images may
not need adjustment.
If detail is lost in the lightest areas, you may have gone too far.
Low-resolution images (i.e. 72 DPI, or dots per inch, images used for the web) can look smooth and clear on a monitor, but will look pixelated when printed.
Image files should be set to a minimum resolution of 300 DPI, or dots per inch, so that they don't appear jagged and pixelated in print.
Use the Adobe Photoshop Image Size control in the Image menu. Increasing resolution will eliminate pixelation, but creates a blurry result due to the resampling process. It is always preferable to start with a high-resolution image.
Pixel dimensions in the image file properties or description
from your desktop will tell you the resolution of an image. If
your image is low-resolution, Design Support will be happy
to adjust your file for you.Design Support will be happy
to adjust your file for you.
Computer monitors use light to display your photo, making some color
appear richer and brighter than it looks in print. Some images may need to
be enhanced to appear the same in print as they do on your monitor.
Photographs that are expected to feature bright, vibrant
colors may need to be enhanced.
Use Hue and Saturation controls to enhance the look of your final prints.
We recommend the Adobe Photoshop Mode control in the Image menu.