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Old 12-08-2007, 09:28 PM   #1
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I am losing so much in detail and resolution as I downsize my images in Adobe Photoshop for my label. It looks great big and unaltered but when I shrink down to 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 for my label it is fuzzy. Is there a way to fix this?

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Old 12-08-2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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Goto Image size, increase the resolution from say 72 to 300 DPI and then change the size in inches down to what you want, by putting more Dots Per Inch, you can make it print smaller while keeping the same number of dots. Figure out what your printer can handle and go from there.

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Old 12-08-2007, 09:56 PM   #3
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first, make sure you do the size change in one move. Every time you drag a corner, the program renders the picture over again and will quickly make words and small details turn into a blurry mess. Also, make sure you are keeping the horizontal to verticle ratio the same(ie keep it in proportion). If you're stretching or shrinking one dimension more than the other, you'll definitely have clarity problems.

The second option is don't use photoshop to shrink the pic. Use a program like printshop and import the pic at full resolution after you have set up or loaded the template. That way the pic will only be redrawn one time.

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Use bigger bottles

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Old 12-08-2007, 10:45 PM   #5
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Old 12-09-2007, 02:30 PM   #6
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:01 PM   #7
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why are you making it bigger than it needs to be. if you label is 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 make your label that size and then have it at atleast 300 dpi if you want to upsize it you will need more dpi and then going down you will never have an issue
when you scale down make sure your check boxes in image size are not scaling the res down to.

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Old 12-09-2007, 06:33 PM   #8
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What is the current size you're working with? If you're at 72dpi and smaller than 15" x 20" then you need to start over, because it will be less than 300dpi at your correct dimensions and will look blurry.

As stated above, when creating the new document, make it 300 dpi and the size in inches you want the label to be. Depending on the design, you might also want to add 1/8" - 1/4" all around the label as a bleed.

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Old 12-09-2007, 08:03 PM   #9
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why would you shrink it down after you made the label anyways? you should work at the size you intend to print the label at to avoid problems and make sure its 300dpi.

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He's shrinking it down because he didn't know about dpi. It's obviously set to 72dpi but at higher dimensions in pixels than his preferred size in inches at 72dpi.

3.75" x 4.75" @300dpi = 1125x1425

Those are the dimensions you need to print your label yourself, sharp at 300dpi. If you're going to a printer or have a printer at home that can do more than 300dpi, I recommend doubling the dimensions and dpi to 2250x2850 @600dpi which will provide a very, very high level of detail.

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