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How to Submit Photographs for Printing

Photographs can be a great compliment to the surrounding text in a magazine or other print publication. However, if the pictures you submit to your printer arenít in the right format or resolution, youíll end up with a blurry and unprofessional looking image that will instantly lower the credibility of your publication.

If you are submitting pictures taken with a digital camera, make sure the pictures are at least 300dpi (or larger than 1mb if you are unfamiliar with how to find the dpi). The size of the picture on the page will dictate how high a resolution will be needed for the picture to look crisp and clear. For example, if you are creating a large poster out of a single image, your image file will have to be very large. As always, check with your printer to see what resolution they recommend. If you still think this digital camera thing is a fad that will die out sooner or later (along with that Internet thing the kids are always talking about) and are using a 35mm film camera, you have two options for how to submit your pictures. You can give your printer slides or negatives, or photographs printed on resin coated (RC) paper - this is the paper your photographs are printed on when you take them to get developed. Slides or negatives typically yield higher quality reproductions. Remember, the larger the slide format, the better the image.

Even if you know youíve submitted the highest quality photographs possible in exactly the right format, it is a good idea to ask your printer for a proof of the image printed at its intended size. This way, you can make sure the result meets your needs and expectations without having to pay for a complete re-print of your project

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