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Chapter 7. Troubleshooting > Dealing with Warning Icons

Dealing with Warning Icons

Let’s say you want to print a photo in a book, on your printer, or via Kodak’s online print service, and iPhoto is displaying a warning icon on the book page thumbnail, on the preview in the Print dialog, or next to a specific size you want in the Order Prints window. What can you do to resolve this situation?

Ways to handle warning icons:

  • You can simply print at a smaller size. When printing photos and ordering prints, try a smaller size (Figure 7.4); with a book, choose a different page design or rearrange the photos so the offending one prints at a smaller size (Figure 7.5).

    Figure 7.4. Note how the four images showing here have warning icons applied to different print sizes. The first image (364 × 242 pixels) can print well only at wallet size. The second (849 × 1271 pixels) won’t print well at 8” × 10” or larger. The third image (1568 × 1043 pixels) drops out at 16” × 20”. And the final image (1920 × 2560 pixels) will print fine at any size.

    Figure 7.5. Note how all these photos, which were taken with my old QuickTake 100 at 640 × 480 pixels, show low resolution warning icons except the two smaller photos in the three-up page design. A 640 × 480 image must be quite small to print acceptably.

  • If the photo is too small because you cropped it, you can select it, choose Revert to Original from the File menu, and crop it again to a larger size. I’d recommend you do this primarily if you think you’re right on the edge of receiving the warning icon.

  • This solution definitely takes more effort, but you can also increase the size of your image using GraphicConverter or Adobe Photoshop. The way these programs scale the photo up might look better than iPhoto’s method.



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