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Resizing Images to Low res so cannot print them?

Spycat 8 17 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2009 9:35PM
Hi, I want to give my clients a proof CD of low res watermarked prints so they can choose the ones they want to buy without being able to print from the proof CD. What rsolution do they need to be so they can view them on acomputer screen but cannot print them as quality would be too poor? PPI? DPI? I'm hopeless with all this!! Also anyone know of any good, cheap/free watermark software out there?

Many thanks

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boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2009 9:39PM
dont know about the resolution but you can watermark pics easily in shop using the type tool
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
19 Oct 2009 10:04PM
600pixels on the longest side would be large enough to select shots from a computer screen. Heck 400 on the longest is not too bad. Don't worry about the PPI/DPI bit and just focus on the number of pixels on the longest side - that is all you need worry about.

That should limit them to postcard size or smaller if they try to print and the watermark *whilst removable to a pro with photoshop* will deterr most people and also prevent them using any proper printing labs as well. Further make sure that whilst your watermarking your not covering so much of the shot that the person cannot view it with ease. If they can't see what they are looking at they can't choose
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
19 Oct 2009 10:35PM
Try 'FastStone'.
It's a free download and can be used to resize and watermark your images in one click using their batch processing option. It's dead easy but the option's a bit hidden in the 'Tools' menu though once you''ve found it, it will do all you need.
If you get stuck, PM me, I'll talk you through it!
boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2009 2:17AM
marking me book
21 Oct 2009 11:45AM
I personally resize images to 550 pixels on the longest side @ 72ppi.

As for watermarking, I have an action set up to do this - which I set up from this tutorial shown here
snapbandit 14 2.3k 3 Northern Ireland
21 Oct 2009 3:01PM
It would surprise you how low quality people will accept sometimes if they get them for free!

I found one of my MX pics, (taken from a 600pixel wide, watermarked right through the middle website image) printed on a box trailer, approx 4 ft wide!! - just imagine the quality of that Sad didn't do a lot for my reputation!!, if they had asked I would have given them the full rez image to use.

I also found some local scenery (again taken from web @ 600pix.) shots of mine on calendars & posters on sale in a local store, unbelieveably some people had bought them!

Joe B
13 Jul 2013 10:45AM
I am anamateur Photographer. I enjoy my work and love to deliver the best. I always love to learn new things. I have faced problemsrecently several times with low resolutionimages. I need to make posters for my clients but sometimes the provided pictures from my clients are low resolutionimages. But thanks to God I found solution for this problem. I goggledwith the help one of my friends who is also a new graphics designer and found software which allows accurate, high quality and realistic enlargements at any zoom factor. It is named Reshade image resizing tools. Easy to use automatic settings make Reshade the perfect choice for beginners. Advanced controls are available for professional users. Anybody can solve this type of low image resolution problem solution from Photo enlargement software. Hope this will be helpful. Thanks. ---Mark
snapbandit 14 2.3k 3 Northern Ireland
13 Jul 2013 11:37AM
No offence meant Mark, honestly, but the point of this (zombie) thread is not to provide a way for people to make good quality images from low rez pics, it's to help reduce rez or watermark so they are less useable by people who wish to make unauthorized use of them. maybe a separate thread with this info/advert (or an advertisement for the software) aimed at people looking to increase quality of low rez image would be the way to go.

Just my 2p

Joe B
thewilliam 9 6.1k
13 Jul 2013 1:14PM
Never forget what modern software can do with a lo-res watermarked image. Did Adobe include "content aware fill" so that watermarks could easily be removed?

A dishonest customer will steal, whatever you do!

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