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Preparing Your Photos for Online Printing

By Jeff Carlson  ·  January 25th, 2009

I’ll assume you’ve already used Photoshop Elements’ tools to improve the quality of your photos. However, don’t upload the image files into the ether just yet. A few steps will help ensure the photos end up as you intended:


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5 Replies to Preparing Your Photos for Online Printing:

  1. Peggy

    May 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I have a lot to learn. Someone has told me that each time you open a Jpeg, you lose more and more resolution and that you should save files in some form other than Jpeg.
    Is it true that if I send you a jpeg and then you send it to Sam who sends it to Joe, the image that Joe receives will be inferior to the original.
    thanks for any comments.

    • Gordon

      May 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

      I don’t know if you have recieved an answer to your question but here’s what I’ve learned.
      Opening and closing, or emailing for that matter, a jpeg file does not change the resolution of the file. It is true, however, that every time to open the file in an editor and change anything in the file and save it again a little is lost. That’s why when doing the editing it’s a good idea to save the file in the Adobe format and then save it again in the jpeg format for printing and sharing. By saving the file in the Adobe format you can always have the option of going back and do more work on the file without the danger of losing any resolution.
      So the pictures you send to Sam and Sam sends to Joe will be exactly like they were when you sent them out.

  2. John

    September 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

    The jpeg option seems to be missing from the save as operation. Any suggestions?

  3. Michael

    September 27, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I have been saving my photos to JPEG as you have shown? And then putting them on a USB stick
    When I take the USB stick in to the photo Lab some photos will show and some will not???/
    When I put the USB back in to my Mac it will show the photos but you cannot use/send the photo

  4. Sue

    October 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I never thought about sharpening in regards to printing on different papers – thanks for the tip!

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