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At what percent should I be looking at images for an 8x10 print?

 
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Mar 26, 2010 00:43 |  #1

So I've been here long enough to know that looking at an image at 100% is like making a 20x30 print...but what about other sizes? What percent should i be looking at them? I never print more than 8x10, so what % is that? Because I want to print this image, but I left it in ISO 1600, and it looks pretty bad...yet I know that I've had other images that look horrible at 100% but that it disappears in the print.


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Mar 26, 2010 00:46 |  #2

Depends on the pixel density of your monitor.


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Mar 26, 2010 05:33 |  #3

Most table-top monitors are in the range 90-100 ppi, so the equivalent display to a 300 ppi print should be 33% zoom. But there's a catch - most applications use resizing algorithms that are fast but not the best quality. They particularly show their shortcomings when doing difficult math like a 27% zoom for "fit to screen" or "print size", but also when dividing by odd numbers they struggle. So for decent quality 50% or 25% are best. And there is also the matter of viewing distance; we sit further from the monitor than the distance at which we view a handheld 8x10. Which is all a longwinded way to say, view at 50%.


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Mar 26, 2010 08:13 as a reply to  @ tzalman's post |  #4

There are a few little tutorials around on the web to arrange things so that the screen will show real "actual size" images. I've got one here written for "Photoshop Mastery" by Ben Willmore. It's entitled "Fixing the View>Print Size command".

edited to add: I typed in Photoshop Mastery and the pdf popped up third on the list as shown below.

But for quick rough and ready viewing at actual size I compare a real ruler against the screen rulers and tweak the image magnification until its near enough the same.


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