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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Whenever I print anything (I make greeting cards) it always tells me that at the size I want it will be printed at less than 300dpi. The size is usually A4.

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Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I receive this prompt intermittently as well. Simply ignore it as the greeting card will print just fine.

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Nov 05, 2022 Nov 05, 2022

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Thanks for the reply. If I am honest I am disappointed with  the new version of Photoshop. It seems to make its own mind up about what to print and what size. But thanks anyway for the help.

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Nov 05, 2022 Nov 05, 2022

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If you tell us about the deficiencies that you encounter, perhaps we can offer a resolution. 

The message about 300 dpi refers to a determinant as it relates to the printer (dpi=dots per inch)

 

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Thanks for the reply. If I am honest I am disappointed with  the new version of Photoshop. It seems to make its own mind up about what to print and what size. But thanks anyway for the help.


By @Doreen25461507ll2s

 

No, this stupid message has been present for many years, and NO, the message does not mean that there is any variation in print quality.

@hatstead  is right that dpi (dots per inch) is totally irrelevant there, you must state ppi (pixels per inch) or ppc (pixels per centimeter = 118.11). You can do your maths and see that you are printing with the right number of pixels.

Just define a resolution of 301 ppi or 119 ppc and you don't get the dreaded message which no longer appears. So that looks like a rounding error. Everything looks like you are printing at 299 ppi...

 

On the other hand, there is nothing magical about the old 300 number. Even for a small print seen from very close,  300 ppi is definitely superior to what your eyes can see. Today, experts agree that 240 ppi is still acceptable.

 

I don't understand why the message has not been changed to a more realistic value.

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