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A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« on: July 22, 2009, 08:46:11 AM »
Hi Folks,
I need to print large product images for a display background for work. The company camera is a Nikon D40 (6MP) and I've blown the images up but I don't think the quality will be there for print and it'll be a total waste of money as the background is made up of 4 panels at 660mm x 2000mm approx.
I need to be looking at images of up to 1000mm. I've got Onone genuine fractals and it does seem sharper than the standard PS CS4 enlargement process.
Do you think my A200 will be suitable or should I just farm it out to a local 'pro' guy?
Hope you can help with advice and tips.
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Re: A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 10:26:39 AM »

Hi chudsy

can I ask what are the images are of, and how close will people be when they look at them?

an a200 image can be enlarge to 1m (roughly 3 feet for those stuck on the old measure ;)) without any real problem,

if it's going to be used a background eg behind a presenter giving a speech, I would think it'd be fine

the print lab might be able/willing to do a small test print at the equivalent enlargement level to see if it's suitable (my usual printer does that, and I've rejected some and accepted some...)

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Re: A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2009, 10:39:42 AM »
Hi Fother,
I work for a medical device company so it would be anything from a mobility scooter, wheelchair etc. The images will be 'cut out' and placed on a company backgound.
The display system is a 'symmetry systems' 4 x 3 unit which is a curved system made up of 6 laminated panels which are held onto a frame with magnetic strips - alignment when installing is paramount to ensure the image meets up at the joins.
I just don't think that the Nikon is up to it so I brought my A200 into work to do the images.
People will prob be about 2 metres away from it so as you say, the images should be fine as I've just re-checked and I'll only need to go to 750mm maximum.
Fingers crossed it'll work as it's going to the US in a few months !!!!
Thanks for the reply.
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Re: A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 10:40:28 AM »
Chudsy as Fother said: a lot depends on the viewing distance. (Just walk up to one of those outdoor advertisement billboards and have a close up look- the grain is gold ball size ;)) Anyhow "Genuine Fractals" is a very good programm for upsizing. Photoshop does a good job as well- make sure you set it to Bicubic sharper (I know it says it is for downsizing but just believe me on this one). You should not have any problems neither with the Nikon nor with your A200 to produce imaes that can be enlarged to that size. Just make sure you shoot in raw to have the best quality to begin with. God luck.
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Re: A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009, 12:01:32 PM »
Many thanks Stef.
Nice tip on the bicubic sharper too - seems to work well!!!
Jusy got to get my head around preparing work for large scale printing when I'm used to A3 maximimum and vector stuff in illustrator - I'm used to sharp edges !!!!!!
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Re: A200 Maximum Printable Image Size
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 02:22:55 PM »
Chudsy- have a look at the sharpening tips in our darkroom technique section- they come in useful particularly the three step sharpenig method. Once again- I would not worry too much- I am sure you will manage with carefully processing the raw files. Best of luck
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