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August 14th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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OK so I am reading through all the "specs" before starting my layouts for this "shutterbug" memory book I want to make. They want my images at 300dpi? My pics are all 72dpi. I mean I have a canon rebel xt and have the capabilities to take RAW pics at 300dpi but barely ever do. So how in the world am I going to make over 20pages of LO in 300dpi?

I also see a lot of options to "build" your own book with their software, but that doesn't mean that I can't upload my own completed pages does it? I mean I can use my own stuff and they'll still print it for me?

I don't know why I am having such a hard time wrapping my head around this. I swear I'm not as dumb as I sound I think I just want to start scrapping you know. And I can't until I know sizes and requirements.

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August 14th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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I've never used shutterfly so I can't speak specific to their program but as far as the 300 dpi goes, I believe that once you've created your page and you change your image size to 300dpi, that it would work. Boy, I guess I've never tried to print them yet so I don't know how the printed quality would be when you move from 72 to 300dpi....
I guess I would go ahead and complete a page that you like, change what you need t o change for the image size, then see what the difference in quality looks like.

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August 14th, 2008, 02:53 PM
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I don't know anything about shutterfly either. I know if you take your 12x12 paper or whatever size you use and your disk or whatever to Kinkos, they can print them on cardstock type paper. Thats what I do. Never had to worry about specs of what "they" want

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August 14th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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In photoshop, whenever you start a new document you can manually enter what DPI you'd like it to be. As far as printing through shutterfly, you can either use their online software or just upload your own documents. I'm doing the latter. I haven't actually printed out a book yet, but when I have enough pages I'd like to go through them and see how it turns out

Edit to add: The reason why the suggest a high DPI is so that the image isn't blurry. It's like when you save a document in photoshop and choose "medium" quality versus "high"

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