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Photoshop® Elements 8 After the Shoot by Mark Fitzgerald

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Chapter 13. Making Final Adjustments

For the most part, the information in this book is presented in the same order as a typical workflow: You import and organize your photos, make basic tonal and color adjustments, apply any necessary retouching, and add creative effects. At this point in the workflow, your photos have almost completed their trip through Photoshop Elements (PSE). However, there are still some critical steps you must perform before they're ready for output. In this chapter, you learn the proper way to make those final adjustments so that they enhance your photos, instead of detracting from the improvements you've already made to them.

Understanding Resolution

For people new to digital photography, resolution can be one of those things that's hard to wrap your head around. When it comes to photography, there are two different types of resolution to consider.

The first is dots per inch (dpi), which refers to the number of dots of ink per inch that are laid down by an inkjet printer's print head. The higher the number, the closer the dots of ink are to one another. If the dots are not close enough to one another, gaps appear, causing edges that should be smooth to appear jagged because the space between the dots is visible.

The illustration in Figure 13.1 demonstrates this point.

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Inkjet printing is discussed in detail in Chapter 14.

The printer driver controls the dpi, and higher settings consume more ink. For example, my inkjet printer has three dpi settings: ...

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