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doublehmom
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Nov 22, 2009 12:28 |  #1

Okay, I have my lighting finally set up and got it all situated. I am going to have one of the Christmas greeting cards done this year of my kids. I am using MPIX. Do I need to take the pic in raw or jpeg, which one is going to look better? I have a rebel xsi. My problem is that I downloaded a pic to mpix and did the display but the pic looked really terrible. I have the camera set to 12 mgpixels. I am just trying to figure out how to have a clear, sharp picture on the 4x6 greeting card.




  
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Nov 22, 2009 13:45 |  #2

I guess what I am really asking is if I print my pics, is jpeg or raw going to look better?




  
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Nov 22, 2009 15:39 as a reply to  @ doublehmom's post |  #3

I would make the adjustments you can to your image in your raw processing program and then open the image in Photoshop. Finish with any other adjustments you want and crop the image to a 4x6 size at 300 dpi then save as a level 10 jpeg. This is the way my lab, www.whcc.com (external link) (like MPIX) wants the images sent to them. Good luck, Dennis


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Nov 22, 2009 15:55 as a reply to  @ Dchemist's post |  #4

Mpix has instructions on their site concerning your questions.


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Nov 22, 2009 16:24 |  #5

Thanks, guys!! Very helpful!!! Now, can you tell me if I can fix dog eyes in elements 7 and how?




  
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Nov 22, 2009 19:09 |  #6

doublehmom wrote in post #9061862 (external link)
I am using MPIX. Do I need to take the pic in raw or jpeg, which one is going to look better?

That depends on your processing ability of the RAW file.;) Shooting jpeg will use the in-camera settings. Shooting jpeg is fine if you have no WB or exposure issues and you don't want to process each shot. Shooting RAW gives more leeway for correcting WB and exposure, but you have to process each shot. Don't forget to sharpen the RAW file as it will have none.

I have a rebel xsi. My problem is that I downloaded a pic to mpix and did the display but the pic looked really terrible. I have the camera set to 12 mgpixels. I am just trying to figure out how to have a clear, sharp picture on the 4x6 greeting card.

Make sure the image you uploaded to them is sRGB. A 4x6 shouldn't be any problem getting clear and sharp, but then that depends on your shooting settings.


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Nov 22, 2009 21:33 |  #7

I guess the problem I am having is resizing the pic to a 4x6 in elements. I go to resize then get stuck from there~if anyone can tell me what to do next I would greatly appreciate it. I know how to do the jpeg quality~easy but can't figure out how I should resize.




  
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Nov 22, 2009 22:06 |  #8

You shouldn't need to resize for a 4x6 unless you've done some weird cropping as that is the ratio your shots are in. You'll be ok as long as the size is 2x3, 4x6, 6x9, 8x12, etc.


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Nov 23, 2009 08:11 |  #9

Okay, thanks.




  
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