Maybe you have already made a page and you can’t wait to print it out! There are lots of different ways you can print. You can print at home on your personal printer. Of course most of us don’t have a printer that will print 12×12 sized pages, and almost all the scrap booking kits you find are made for 12×12. So what do you do? Some where a long the line, in my research I read that you could scarp in 12×12 size and then print them 8×8. I will be honest that I was a little skeptical at first, thinking my print or even my photos would come out too small, BUT the fact is my pages printed beautifully! AND the 8×8 albums are so much easier to store, and less expensive to purchase. 😉 If you are really wanting 12×12 pages, and you don’t have a printer to accommodate that size, there are places that you can send your jpeg files to, that will print the pages for you and send them back, and you can then just slip them into your albums.
Another really good option is to make a photo book from one of the sites, like Snapfish, Shutterfly, Picaboo, etc. In these cases, you will upload your jpeg files to the site, and drop them into a book. Choose a book where you can place 1 photo to fill the page.
The following are references to understand more about ppi and dpi as it concerns printing.
Here are some References with links if you would like to learn more:
About.com Graphics Software
Getting Started Scanning… by Sue Chastain
…if you’re using your printer’s “normal” setting (300 dpi), your image needed to have at least 150 ppi. When using the higher quality printer settings (720 dpi and up), you can bring the PPI down to about 1/3 of the output resolution. That would be 240 ppi for your printer’s 720 dpi setting. Since writing this of the output resolution. That would be 240 ppi for your printer’s 720 dpi setting. Since writing this article photo printers have gotten much better–the dots are smaller and more compact–but still, you rarely need your image resolution to be higher than 240-300 ppi for inkjet printing. http://graphicssoft.about.com/library/weekly/aa111799p4.htm
Photo Expert How To: Choose the Correct Scanning Resolution
The ideal image resolution range is from 250 to 300 dpi for EPSON Photo printers. 250/300 dpi is the best resolution for a 20 x 30 cm photo where the viewer distance is very close. In the case of a larger photo, we usually assume that the viewing distance is equal to the document size. This allows the image resolution to be smaller, which makes the data file smaller. For example, for a 60 X 80 cm photo, 200 dpi image resolution is acceptable. (link was broken)
HP Digital Photography center
10 quick tips for perfect prints
The standard unit of measurement for your picture’s sharpness is dots per inch, or dpi. You should be sure that the electronic file of your photo is at least 240 dpi for smaller photos (4 x 6 and below) and 300 dpi for larger ones (5 x 7 and above). (link broken)
The Imaging Resource
Pixels, Dots, and Inches: How Big Can I Print It By Dave Etchells
…you can probably plan on useful PPI values of 120-150 for 720 dpi printers, and somewhere around 150-180 PPI for the 1440 ones. For the special “photo” printers, expect to be at the high end of these ranges, as those devices hold more detail in highlight areas as well as in the shadows, revealing more jaggies than their lesser brethren. (link broken)
Picture quality settings
Resolution is also used to describe the quality of an inkjet print. Print resolution is expressed in ppi (pixels per inch). A resolution of 225 ppi is sufficient for making a high-quality inkjet print. (link broken)
Microsoft Home Magazine
Print your digital photos
Compare the cost and convenience of printing your digital photos from a printer or online photo store By Deena Waisberg
Photos are made up of digital dots (or pixels). You’ll want a certain resolution (or dots per inch) to get a clear picture. George Perdicaris, digital media maker and instructor at Toronto Image Works, a school that teaches new-media computer training, recommends a minimum of 150 dots per inch (dpi) and ideally 200 dpi. http://www.microsoft.com/canada/home/photos&music/2.0.26_printyourdigitalphotos.asp
Prints and the Resolution by M David Stone
If you know the lpi rating for your ink jet (or laser, for that matter) printer at the printer resolution you plan to use, you can base the image resolution on the same rule of thumb, or else ignore the lpi and use either 150 ppi or 200 ppi as the optimum resolution, regardless of the printer resolution. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1790570,00.asp
The Big Pixel By Carla Thornton From the December 2001 issue of PC World Magazine
Anything above 150 ppi will allow good-quality photos on ink jet printers capable of 720 by 720 dots per inch or higher. (Note: Consumer ink jet printers don’t make use of over-300-ppi digital images.) (link broken)
So when IS there any advantage of 300 dpi? By Wayne Fulton
Photo quality inkjet printers want 250 to 300 ppi images (scaled to final size), but anything over 300 ppi is a real stretch of the imagination. Improved detail at up to 300 ppi is sometimes detectable on the sharpest images, and I often aim for 300 ppi. It’s a very subtle difference, and even when not imaginary, it is lost altogether if viewed at arms length. 240 ppi is typically fine, and 150 ppi is enough for plain paper, or very large images, and sometimes for less sharp snapshot images too. http://www.scantips.com/basics1e.html
Vivid Light Photography Online Photo Magazine
Introduction to Digital Photography by Frank Phillips
Resizing for Prints – 300 ppi The Magic Number
300 ppi has been the “magic number” when producing images for printing for some time now. You’ll frequently see it in magazines and books. So where did this number come from? The actual optimum print resolution will vary slightly from printer to printer. Since there are so many printers available, editors, writers, and digital printers needed a general “rule of thumb” number that would work for all printers when they were writing about digital printers. 300ppi provides enough density for the image that it will provide good results with any printer.
But as with anything technical there are those who would prefer to calculate the exact “best” resolution rather than use a rule of thumb. It’s been argued that 240 ppi is actually a better figure to use for printers with a resolution of 1440 dpi and 2880 dpi as 240 is an exact multiple of those resolutions. In other words a 1440 dpi printer would use exactly 6 dots to create each pixel and a 2880 dpi printer would used exactly 12 dots to create that same pixel. Frankly you really can’t see the difference between 300ppi and 240ppi in real world prints. The only advantage of using 240 ppi is that your image files will be slightly smaller.