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Jim Ojala
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 8:48 pm:   

This seems like an obvious curiousity, but I have yet to find a good explanation: If I want to scan a photo, say a little photo 2x3 to put in, say, the corner of a document, what good does it do to have the capability of scanning and printing at 300 dpi if the only way to 'work with' the image on-screen requires a much lower resolution (or a scaling-down which would lose resolution data)? In other words, how do I scan and print at the higher resolutions when I have to use the monitor to place and position the image in the document? Any help is appreciated.
helen briggs
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2001 - 12:08 am:   

Sounds to me like it is a software problem...you need to upgrade your software to one that will let you work with an image at higher resolutions. Keep in mind that you don't want to scan at a higher resolution than your printer is capable of printing. This will only make your file larger than it needs to be.
Adam Low
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2001 - 2:05 pm:   

Another thing that might be stopping you from scanning at higher resolution is the amount of memory (RAM) that you have in your computer. I have encountered some computers that would allow you to scan at not more than 25% of the physical memory, and some not more than 50%; the former being more common. My photo scanner is capable of scanning up to 1200dpi, but that is not something that I can use often, expecially when I am scanning a bigger picture.

Hope that helps.

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