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Old 08-07-2013, 02:58 PM
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Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card pr

Hello,
I recently received a .psd file from a designer I hired to make a logo for me. Now that I have the logo, I want to place an order for business cards and stickers on vistaprint.com but every time I upload my logo, it comes out blurry. I think the dpi resolution is too low. I have photoshop cs2 and was hoping to increase the dpi resolution.

First off, can I find out the current dpi?
Second, can I up the dpi to 300 so I can get my cards printed?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:07 PM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

Go in Photoshop
Click tab at the top
1 Image
2 Image Size
3 Resolution (it should be 300)
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:09 PM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

Did you ask the designer to make it 300 dPI?
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:40 PM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

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I want to place an order for business cards and stickers on vistaprint.com but every time I upload my logo, it comes out blurry.
Do you mean it printed blurry or just looks blurry online?

They probably use low res jpegs for online viewing, which should have nothing to do with the file that will actually print.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:30 PM
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It has been my experience that some printing places (online for me) can use a 72 or 96 dpi res image to make an excellent card, or printing job. They can adjust the dpi upwards them selves.

One thing I have picked up along the way is that if you go into Image Size and leave the physical size alone you can up the dpi to whatever you want-as long as you can send it in what ever manner you are choosing. I mean a file that is 6MB in size isn't going thru email, probably.

Speaking of resolution brings to mind another tip. If you have an, oh say, 5X7 inch (physical dimension) image at 96 dpi, you can up it to possibly a 16 X 20 inch poster, depending on the image, if you change the dpi to 360. I don't know why it works just that it does.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:48 AM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

How much you can resize depends on the image and the method of resizing.

FYI: Pixels Per Inch should be used when referring to digital image resolution, not Dots Per Inch, which is used for the resolution of ink dots on paper.

Using a 72ppi image for a 5x7 card is doable if the original document size is 30in x 24in. To check this open the Image Size dialog, uncheck Resample, and change the PPI to 300 - see attached images. The resulting document size will change to 7.2in x 5.76in, which means no resizing will be necessary.

Most high-end printers prefer image resolution between 240ppi and 355ppi. This size is determined based on reproduction in conjunction with the line screen size of the printing plates. Most Web presses use a line screen around 175 or lower. Sheet fed offset presses can be as high as 240 (like ours). Some Digital offset presses have a 210 line screen capability. We recommend 355ppi for best repo on our presses, but 200ppi for some images will also be fine. Lower ppi than that begins to show jagged edges.

For a well exposed and sharp image the usual recommendation is to not enlarge more than 150% or reduce more than 50%. This limitation can be worked around depended on the resizing method and software used, but having a proper resolution image is always better to begin with.
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File Type: jpg 72.JPG (36.0 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg 300.JPG (37.2 KB, 8 views)

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Old 08-10-2013, 06:45 PM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

What are the actual pixel dimensions of the image you're trying to print?
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:19 PM
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Re: Dpi resolution needed to 300 for business card

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It has been my experience that some printing places (online for me) can use a 72 or 96 dpi res image to make an excellent card, or printing job. They can adjust the dpi upwards them selves.

One thing I have picked up along the way is that if you go into Image Size and leave the physical size alone you can up the dpi to whatever you want-as long as you can send it in what ever manner you are choosing. I mean a file that is 6MB in size isn't going thru email, probably.

Speaking of resolution brings to mind another tip. If you have an, oh say, 5X7 inch (physical dimension) image at 96 dpi, you can up it to possibly a 16 X 20 inch poster, depending on the image, if you change the dpi to 360. I don't know why it works just that it does.
Happy Resolutions Day to all.
Don't want to step on your toes, but in my experience that is not good advice.
Sorry. Shoku's advice is correct in my experience.
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