Question about MGI Software PhotoSuite SE V4.0
I am trying to put pictures into a book for publication. The pictures I upload must be between 300 dpi and 400 dpi and in .jpeg format. I have MGI PhotoSuite II SE and my scanner is a Visioneer One Touch 8100. The pictures I am using are printed and centered on 8.5x11 sheets. I did the following 4 things with one of my pictures: 1) pre-cropped and then scanned in at 600 dpi; 2) scanned in as an 8.5x11 at 600 dpi; 3)pre-cropped and then scanned in at 100 dpi; 4) scanned in as an 8.5x11 at 100 dpi. I saved each one to my desktop for comparison. The problem is, when I check the properties on them, they all say 96 dpi.
No.1) width = 1874 pixels; height = 2473 pixels; both horizontal and vertical resolution = 96 dpi
No. 2) width = 1919 pixels; height = 2505 pixels; both horizontal and vertical resolution = 96 dpi
No. 3) width = 311 pixels; height = 415 pixels; both horizontal and vertical resolution = 96 dpi
No. 4) width = 317 pixels; height = 423 pixels; both horizontal and vertical resolution = 96 dpi
How can this be? How do I get them into the 300 to 400 dpi range that is required? The first two (1 & 2) which were scanned at 600 dpi are quite large (covering nearly the entire page) when I insert them into a word document, making me assume that when I size them down to the original size that they should then be at about 600 dpi. The second two (3 & 4) which were scanned at 100 dpi are about their original size (approx. 3x4) when I insert them into a word document, enforcing my belief that the larger ones are becoming a much higher dpi when sized back down to their original size. It doesn’t seem to matter if they are scanned into PhotoSuite pre-cropped or at the 8.5x11 size and then cropped in PhotoSuite before I save them. They still come out the same sizes respectively when I insert them into a word document. Please let me know if I am correct, that the dpi goes back up when I size them down.
My problem then becomes trying to figure out what dpi to scan them at in accordance to the size of the finished product I want. Is there any way to know what the dpi actually is once they are in the word document? And, is there any comparison chart that you could send me or point me toward to download that will give me these sizing stats. I need to know that each picture, and they are of many sizes and shapes, will all ultimately be in the 300 to 600 dpi range for the publisher.
Also, a few of the pictures take up nearly the whole 8.5x11 page--so how can I get them to at least 300 dpi? Maybe I am reading this wrong and I should be multiplying the height and width dpi, in which case the dpi would be extremely high however. Please clear this up for me.
Thank you for your time and patients in reading this, but I didn’t know how to explain it in any shorter form and still get my point across of what I am up against.
What I saw first off is that although the resolution indicates 96 DPI, the file size itself between the 2 examples are drastically different. You are putting raster images into MS Word for publication work, and that is a NO NO. Word was not created for any kind of high resolution printing. It's a glorified text editor that people seem to think is an option for printing. YOU WILL NEVER GET 300 or 600 DPI images out of Word. Ever.
To create your project for printing, you need to use software more suited for the task. InDesign and Quark are examples, but they are very expensive. In my opinion, Publisher would be better for this kind of project and I hate myself for saying that.
Talk to your Printer, find out his specifications for Applications and Linescreen for Printing. The minimum requirement is 280 DPI, but if the image is placed at 100%, 600 DPI is overkill.
Oh, and try to never scan a scan... you are looking for trouble... a little thing called a Moiré pattern comes into play, and it will make you images print NASTY!
I could go on about your post all day long, but if there is anything else I didn't explain, please post again.
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Adobe Photo Shop will do the resolutions in the image size function. That is also where you will resize your picture to the size you want it in your book. It will greatly change the pixel size. I work with duplicates and save my original images. I have the full version of Adobe Photo Shop, not elements. They also offer Adobe Photo Shop Classroom in A Book which is an excellent reference book, better than those dummy books. Lulu wants you to put a text box where your image go and send your images separately in a zip file. The text box needs to be the size of the image. Input in the text box the name of the image file. Currently I am working on my book to publish with Lulu. The Fine Print written by Mark Levine is an excellent source for knowing which POD services to use. He rates Lulu as a good POD company, not the best but in the second best group. I don't know which package you purchased but if you purchaed the package that allows for phone calls I would place that phone call. Cute PDF is a free converter program but it will not convert a lot of pages. I use Adobe PDF software which is rather expensive. Adobe used to let people try their program one time for free in their website. Lulu was specific as to which font to use and what size font to use. Did they not specify to you? Times Roman size 12. You may have published your book by now since this is June and this thread began in January.
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You may try installing it in windows 7 and check. If you are unable to install
it then I suggest you to install it in windows XP compatibility mode and check.
First create a restore point before trying this step.
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
SOURCE: mgi photosuite version 4.0 and
I am by no means a computer expert. somehow I got my mgi to download, by going in and changing what read the cd. I did not install using windows media. somehow I overrode that. BUT...even tho it is installed and working...I get error messages for certain functions. You can hit "continue" 4 times and then it works. Someone told me this would hurt my computer. Any insight?????
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
I had no luck with Photosuite 4 on Windows 7, even with backwards compatibility, vista or XP, but Photosuite 8.06 loaded up and appears to work okay, it is older but does seem to work on windows 7.
Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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