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Old March 8th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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What resolution should I be printing DVD covers?

This is the cover for my previous wedding (idk why im posting it as it does not really show the details of the quality).

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/9749/dvdcase.jpg

The problem with that cover is it does look a little pixelated up close and not professional grade. The image was 300dpi, so I dont understand the issue. The paper is made of cotton and from Jewelboxing - Super Jewel Box Packaging System - CD and DVD Cases

I am not an expert at imaging nor photoshop, so I just assumed it was just simply getting the picture with the highest quality.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 12:04 AM   #2
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Sure it was 300dpi, but was was the resolution of your source material? What was the physical size of your image? 300dpi doesn't do anything if the source image was 72dpi. Blowing it up doesn't give you a higher resolution.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #3
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Sure it was 300dpi, but was was the resolution of your source material? What was the physical size of your image? 300dpi doesn't do anything if the source image was 72dpi. Blowing it up doesn't give you a higher resolution.
The source image was 300dpi. I am starting to think it is simply the paper. The sample case they gave us looks similar but uses small text and if you look closely it does looked choppy.
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Paper can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your final printout. Some printers are particularly picky about what brand and grade of paper you run through them.

Perhaps get some samples of various papers, mark them so you can test accurately, and run the same sample print (and try different printers if you have a couple available). Compare the results... you might find a different paper will make your final product look far superior.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #5
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th paper used in the Jewelbox cases is a matt style almost a canvas style so unlike a good quality glossy paper the image printed on the paper will appear to be broken up. 2 solutions, 1) either use smaller images than you might normally use or 2) use a different paper. However the thing I like about the Jewelboxcases is the print area and layout is predefined.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #6
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I use the same product (Jewelbox cases) and I noticed the same problem if I tried to print one large image on the cover.

I started printing the cases with a collage of smaller images as was much happier.

Now I have a standard that just requires an insert of new names and poof I'm done in seconds!

I LOVE jewelboxes for the record!
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