How to reproduce high quality photographic images with Photoshop?

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Jul 14, 2006
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I’m currently using Photoshop 6. Right now we are reproducing out of print CDs for small record labels. I scan the covers at 300 dpi and have a template that is a 300 dpi psd file at about 54mb.

I merge the scan onto the template, add some text and save the file as a high quality jpeg, usally at about 6mb.

When I print the new jpeg, the front cover that was originally a very crisp photographic image comes out a bit pixelated, definitely not the most crisp image you can get.

I’m printing on an HP color laserjet 1500L.

My question is, how can get my prints to look more like the original cd cover and not a lower quality reproduction?

I can’t figure out if it’s something in the Scan size, how I’m saving it, or my printer??

ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Mike
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I’m currently using Photoshop 6. Right now we are reproducing out of print CDs for small record labels. I scan the covers at 300 dpi and have a template that is a 300 dpi psd file at about 54mb.
I merge the scan onto the template, add some text and save the file as a high quality jpeg, usally at about 6mb.

When I print the new jpeg, the front cover that was originally a very crisp photographic image comes out a bit pixelated, definitely not the most crisp image you can get.

I’m printing on an HP color laserjet 1500L.

My question is, how can get my prints to look more like the original cd cover and not a lower quality reproduction?

I can’t figure out if it’s something in the Scan size, how I’m saving it, or my printer??

ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Mike

On a technical end, the first hurdle will be the half-tone screening on the artwork. There are things that can be done in the scanning to lessen this effect, but it’s difficult to eliminate it. Things like tilting the original at a defined angle for the scan, and then rotating it in PS can possibly help. You will need to experiment with the angles and they may well differ from artwork to artwork. PS has several Filters, that can often help: Despeckle, Dust & Scratches, etc.

Next, once you have done the scan and any touchup work, place it into your template. You should NOT need to Save_As JPG, as printing from the PSD should work with your HP (sorry, do not know that model). If not, then you might want to Save_As PDF with the settings for highest-quality RGB printing.

Glossy stock might well help the resultant image.

Lastly, what about the (c) of the artwork? Have you worked out that part?

As for more tips on scanning, you might post to one of the comp.perif.scanner groups.

Hunt

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