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Hello all.  I am new on here, so please forgive me for asking obvious questions.  I am wanting to design digital art to print fabric - the finished project will be 90x90cm and the printer is asking for a minimum of 300dpi.   My designs are made up of layers of photographs and images with added shapes and lines.  When I create at the actual print size the end file comes out at less than 100dpi.  I saw a tutorial which explained that to get a higher dpi, work larger and then re-size at the end - but when I try to do that everything freezes up.  Am I attempting to do something impossible?

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90 cm ~ 35,43 inches

 

dpi = dots per inch

 

35.43 * 300 = 10629 (pixels)

 

Paint.net works on screen with a standard resolution of 96 dpi. So the size will be 281.23 cm. Changing to 300 dpi -> 90 cm

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^ correct. +1

 

@Buck create a new image (File > New). In the dialog, manually input a resolution of 300 dots per inch and pixel size of 10629 pixels in both height and width.

 

Ref: http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/FileMenu.html

 

Yup. It's going to be big! Working larger like this will slow things down - especially on more modest systems. Keep the number of layers down or create the components across a number of separate images (the same size).

 

P.s. Manage the view size with the Ctrl key + mousewheel ;) 

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Thanks for your help on this.  I have managed to create several pieces of artwork that I am very pleased with.  These are to be digitally printed to silk scarves.  The print company is asking for me to prepare artwork using PSD - save as a tif / Colour mode RGB 8bit / Pixel Order: interleaved / Byte order : macintosh.  Also asking to keeping selected colour profile checked using Adobe RGB 1998.

 

All the above it new to me and I'm feeling a bit lost!  Can anyone help please?  I want to avoid paying for a costly PSD program if i can help it - PDN seemed like a good option....

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Because there are no such specific saving options for the TIFF format in PDN, I suggest, that you better use for this professional job an other software. You can not always avoid higher expenses.

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Thanks. I have a friend who is a graphic designer - I wonder if they could convert the files for me?  I am not at all familiar with PS and would probably have to start again with my learning!  Will give it some thought........

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Most print companies should be able to handle almost any file format. Ask them for an alternative. PDF is often acceptable.

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