Sometime around 2/2/08 (at 03:25 -0500) snaps042 said:
I select ‘Insert’ from the drop-down menu and select the file that I want.
It drops into the box but far smaller than 500 pixels by 300 pixels.
The graphic you are importing has a pixel-per-inch setting higher
than the normal so-called screen resolution setting. Freeway thinks
in DTP terms in many ways, and one of those ways is to pay attention
to ppi settings for imported images and scale the image accordingly
as it arrives on the page.
This is actually a very useful thing, although it can confuse people
when they’re not expecting it. If I have images I’ve used in print
projects those will (if I’ve been even remotely professional about my
work) have a defined resolution suited to print output.
Take the common rule-of-thumb resolution for print; 300ppi. That says
that the image should fit 300 of its pixels within one inch on the
printed page. This ensures that the individual pixels are not
discernable, so the result looks like a nice, continuous tone image.
If that image consists of 900x600 pixels then it will print as a 3
inch by 2 inch image. (If I scale it up to take more space on the
page I also scale up the pixel grid, giving me a lower final output
If I place that onto a page in Freeway, it will arrive with the same
default, starting-scale dimensions as it did in my print layout. With
the above example, it will be a virtual 3x2 inch image.
That image would be able to be scaled up to around 400% (over 6
virtual inches across), or precisely 900 pixels in the page, before
you ‘ran out of pixels’ - enlarged it to the point where there were
no more available pixels for the size and the result started to
become lower than screen resolution.
See, this is all a function of Freeway’s ability to scale graphics in
the layout in a normal DTP-like manner. Just scale the image up using
the keyboard shortcuts (from the Item > Graphic set of options) or
the Transform dialog.
Or open your image in Photoshop, choose Image > Image Size, UNcheck
the Resample Image checkbox, then set the pixels per inch value to
72. Click OK, save, and import your image to Freeway.
(BTW, I use “ppi” here because we’re talking about pixel-based
images. The only time that “dpi” should be used is when referring to
printed output and the resolution of the dots that are made on the
substrate, whether laser, inkjet or whatever. Remember, ppi is for
pixels, dpi is for printed dots. Here endeth the lesson.
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