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Barbara Triscari
Mar 06, 2022
In Printing Fabric on Demand
I screen recorded me importing photos of a variety of DPI and how to tell how to be sure they are sized correctly for printing. It was really simple. So, if you have no idea how to resize or don't have/want software to resize, artfabrics takes away that problem and makes it easy to see your DPI as you alter the photo size in their software. As Leigh and I both said, we do all of that in other software since we are used to working that way, but the interface can do it easily.
Video Demo of DPI sizing photos in artfabrics.  So simple! content media
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Barbara Triscari
Mar 05, 2022
In Printing Fabric on Demand
While you can change the size of an image (resolution) in Photos or Microsoft Paint, you can't change the DPI. This info is for PCs not Macs. This is a lot of tech info. If you have not pulled your hair out with all the tech talk, then go download gimp! If you have pulled out all of your hair after the fist paragraph, learn how to tell in the print on demand website if the image is too small. I'm looking at making a tutorial for this on artfabrics In MS Photos/Paint you can change the amount of pixels (resolution) that your image holds and make it smaller, but it doesn't change the concentration of pixels (dpi). You usually want your image to be between 150-200 DPI to print on fabric (usually 300 or more dpi if printing on photo paper for a good quality print). So, if your image is 72 dpi, as most cameras seem to default to these days, and you want to be sure when you load it to a print on demand sited, you will need other software to do that. But, you can upload a 72 dpi photo to the print on demand websites, you just need to be very careful to ensure that the website automatically adjusts it to their minimum (150-200 dpi) and scales down the image. Just because an image is 72 dpi, it doesn't mean it is too small. The combination of the dpi and the resolution is what determines if it's large enough to print. So if you have a 72 dpi image with a resolution of 400x 800 pixels (say maybe it's a 500 KB kilobyte file), then it will be too small to print when converted to the desired 150-200 dpi. But if you have a 72 dpi image with a resolution of 2000 x 3000 pixels that is 2 MB (megabytes), it is going to big enough to print on fabric. You can check your image's resolution and file size by hovering over the file unopened giving you the pixels x pixels and the KB or MB for example as mentioned above. To find the DPI you can right click the image and select Properties. Select the Details tab and scroll to see DPI. So to change your DPI, you need other software. This is where Phototoshop or gimp.org comes in. Gimp is the free program we talked about in the presentation that you can download and use to change DPI and other photo manipulations. Another note: you can find information about how to open a 300 dpi image and copy a lower resolution image to it and save it as 300 dpi. This is saving it as 300 dpi, but it doesn't actually increase the photos pixels because it takes the original resolution which is too low and it doesn't have enough information to fill in all those extra pixels. So technically it is 300 dpi, but it pixelates the image because it is too low quality and still gives you a low quality image. You are better off uploading the lower image into the print on demand site and being sure you don't make it too big.
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Barbara Triscari
Mar 05, 2022
In Printing Fabric on Demand
You can see the meeting presentation here in Recorded Meetings Below is Barb's power point on inks and artfabrics.com is below
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