Post # 1
I just tried to design our menus in Photoshop. I don’t have and am not familar with Illustrator, but after searching these forums, I remembered some ladies here have mentioned that if I set the document to 300 pixels per inch, it should still be okay (I think)? Well all looked great on screen, but I just went to print my design out on my Brother MFC laser printer, and it looks pretty crappy! The text looks pretty pixelated (at least to me) and even the graphics, which I downloaded in 300dpi looks pixelated. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?
Is it my printer? Is it my printer settings (I just pressed “print” from Photoshop without adjusting any options)? Is it my photoshop settings? Is it bcs I’m using photoshop and not illustrator? Is it my design? Any advice would be helpful! Thanks ladies!!!
Post # 3
Could you post a picture ?? I work extensively in both photoshop and illustrator and while I much prefer photoshop i find that it does tend to pixelate images if they are increased in size by more than double ( this is just my personal experience) I’ve never had that issue with text though. i know i havnt been especially helpful but I’m going to do a few little tests. Hopefully some more techno bees can chime in soon and we can get this figured out for you 🙂
Post # 4
I can’t say for sure what the issue is, too many variables unknown atm, and I’m no professional!
But, what’s your canvas size, in inches or metric if that’s what you use where you live… is it your paper size? It should be. 300dpi is pretty decent and should be fine for most things (even pics), but if your canvas is smaller than your paper and you print “to paper size”… it’s going to look pixilated. Also what font are you using? Some fonts just really suck at larger sizes :(.
I’m almost a guru on Photoshop 4 (cirica 1991 hahaha…. one program for everything and needed an update to see 1gb of memory lol) until I just this year got Windows 8 and can’t use it any more :*(. I’ve just started on paint.net, so far so good, but it hasn’t been long.
Text should never be pixilated if your canvas size is the same as your paper size, it should look on the screen as it does on paper! I can see your frustration! I doubt it’s the printer, pretty much any printer off the shelf is photo ready for the last 20 years… so text should be no problem. My old parallel port printer could print pics on photo paper you couldn’t tell from the original, in 1991 for $99 1991 dollars, so I doubt it’s the printer! You never really (and still don’t) have to “set up” a printer, drivers are important, but usually if they are bad either you get no printing or giberish.
Post # 5
I agree. Why don’t you scan a copy of what your printer printed, and then we can see whats happening?
Illustrator isn’t really impossible as long as you’re trying to do really basic things. If you own the design suite I suggest giving Illustrator a quick try (you can google for youtube videos that show step by steps.) The amount of time you’ll waste fiddling around in Photoshop will be likely similar to trying to do something basic the right way in Illustrator.
This is a very short explanation but if the problem is determined to be your printer you can always export the Illustrator file as a PDF and have FedEx print for you…
Post # 6
Thanks all for your input and trying to help me figure this out! I took a few pictures just now (sorry for the bad photos, it’s so dark in my house and all i had was my camera phone lol)
Here they are!
What it looks like now:
This is what it’s SUPPOSED to look like (no pixelation)!
Post # 7
‘flaky’ – means pastry
‘flakey’ means never shows up
Post # 8
@peonyinlove: LOLOLOL…that’s funny..it’s not even our real menu I was just mindlessly writing random food things just to get an idea of design and layout, as we have not yet picked out our menu yet…but thank you for picking that up! if flaky actually does come up in our menu choices, i will definitely not make that mistake now hahaha! i didn’t even realize i wrote that…AND i spelled coffee as “coofee”. Fail! lol
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Post # 10
Try playing with the advanced printer options before you hit Print. There might be an option for ‘Best quality’ or ‘Highest quality’, that could help?
Post # 11
If your printer is set to quick or normal, which they normally are to spit out alot of documents quickly it can make larger writing pixelated.
Everytime i go to print something for the wedding i print at the highest quality and have to change the settings as they revert back.
Post # 12
Thanks for the advice all! Question — do you all print straight from Photoshop? Or do you convert to jpeg and then print?
Post # 13
Illustrator is much better for type as it is vector based not pixel based so the font will always sharp and not pixelated. If you can try and do them in illustrator you will find the print quality will be much better. Other than that you can only try and make sure the quality settings are highest.
I always print straight from the programme.
Hope you get it sorted!
Post # 14
Print straight from Photoshop definitely. Converting to a jpg will ruin all of your quality.
Post # 15
@kirabee: +1 Converting typically means you’re compressing, which greatly decreases the quality of the image. Without a doubt, print directly from the program you’re working in!
I also second tweaking with the printer properties and make sure you’re printing at ‘Best’ quality.
Post # 16
@maraschino: Hmm…so while trying to “up” the quality of printing, I notice my laser printer only has a setting for printing at 600 dpi and at 1200 dpi…but my file is at 300 dpi. The print dialog box says the print resolution is 300 dpi though. Could that affect anything? Printing at 1200 dpi made the menu look slightly better, but the text still looks pixalated…*sigh*