This is page 4 of 4. "File Size" begins here.
Each print size, 4"X6", 5"X7" and 8"X10" has a different aspect ratio (width/height).
That means you should set your file dimensions for each size. If you don't, your prints will be cropped differently than you have designed them. The developer automatically crops to fit the final print size. There is no manual override.
If you are like me and want to do things the same way every time, you can use the "advanced" key for all sizes and input the exact size. Then when you have your pictures printed they will not be cropped at all. They will match what you see on your screen.
Notice the ratio differences below.
Changing the file dimensions and working at the approximate finish size of a picture makes a big difference. It will mean the difference between dimensions that are too small causing a goofy looking shot.
Too large will cause a shot where you can’t see the intended effects when you are done. Plus, the right ratio will guarantee Aunt Millie's head is not cut off. The right dimensions will result in a professional looking photograph.
There are adjustments you can make in Photoshop which have nothing to do with the file dimensions, but I find it best to use dimensions close to the finish size I seek. From there I make the final adjustments in Photoshop.
If you demand a higher quality print you can figure 200 P.P.I. and adjust everything accordingly. I find 100 P.P.I. to be quite satisfactory. Especially when applying effects.
Effects, by nature, lower the precision of the finish. Things like Textured Dry Brush, which the pictures below are, and Old Photos, bottom two pictures, should not have a precision finish if they are to have the appearance sought.
Below is the same picture done four different ways. The top picture was reworked at the size you see it. The second is designed for 4”X6”, then 8”X10” and lastly about 16”X20”. I worked hard to get each to show well at the smaller size shown here.
As you can see, there is room for play, but it is best to use approximately the right dimensions when you are applying textured effects.
The second and third rendition of this little bird may look a little cleaner at this small size but remember the purpose is to get a finish that looks like an actual tiny oil painting on canvas.
In my opinion the first picture fulfills that purpose nicely. Only the first picture looks like a genuine tiny oil. Each looks best at the size it is created for.
Here are two more examples of creative works.
There you have it. In Photoshop file size matters when applying certain effects. I cannot give you exacts because there are so many variables.
Experiment and have fun. You will come up with what you like best. Have lots of patience with this. It takes a while to catch on because of all the variables.
P.S. The tall ship is just gorgeous at 16”X20”.
Remember all this sizing and resizing is applicable only to certain effects you are using. It doesn't make a difference for general Quick Fix application.
You can use any P.P.I. for Quick Fix and for non-texture type of effects in Photoshop. That means if you have already resized a picture file to 100 P.P.I. you will see great results with or without the effects I'm talking about here.
Just be sure to keep an original in case you ever need it. I always keep special folders containing my originals. I also make sure I have a backup of those folders for when my hard drive takes a nose dive into the never-never-land of cyber space.
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