Printing Painted Photos?

I am a fairly new user of Painter Essentials (4) . . . a true novice to the software.  But, I now finally have created several paintings with which I am satisfied.

BUT, I cannot them to print in an acceptable (to me) quality? 

Here's the issue.  I have carefully "stopped" the auto-painting so "smeary round brush strokes" remain obvious.  (Then I clean up slightly using the cloner and by hand-painting.)

When I print, however, most of the brush stroke detail dissappears.  This should not be a printer issue, as I have an Epson R2880 (large format photo printer, 13"X19" + roll fed, with super-high photo printing resolution).

At first I thought my problem was that I was "painting" art sized to 13"X19", and then letting the printing driver "downsize" to print in smaller sizes?  So I tested by resizing the art to the correct size (printed output size I desired) before printing.  Still no brush stroke detail.  Next, I tried adjusting the artwork file DPI resolution to higher and lower levels, while leaving the artwork image size the same.  Still no result.  Finally, I have experimented with various printer software output settings, from "medium" on the Epson R2880 at 720dpi, to the highest printer output resolution in the R2880 (which is something like 1700X2000dpi, I think).

So I am stumped, and frustrated.  I anticipate the problem is me, and not the Painter Essentials 4 software OR the Epson R2880 printer.

Can any of you "pros" with Painter Essentials give me any tips or suggestions about how I might solve this problem?  Are there any tutorials about this printing issue?

I will certainly appreciate anything you might suggest.

In advance, thank you very much for anything you can offer.

Jim

jesfl45@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hello, JStiner.  Welcome to PE4.  I am the least technical person on the forum, so I am afraid I can offer no assistance.  We do have some extremely brilliant technical minded members, so if you sit tight, one of them will no doubt reply and put you on the right course.   Since it is the weekend, it might not be until Monday...  P.S.  Care to share your paintings with us?  We would love to see them. 

    meme

  • Meme,

    Thanks for the follow-up.  Yes, I'll be patient and await whatever problem solving ideas are forthcoming.

    And, yes, I'll share a few of my painting (of photos) efforts, as soon as I can figure out how to upload them. 

    I looked at some of your efforts, and I am quite impressed.  Hope I can get to your level, one of these days.  I took this up last year as an adjunct to my photography hobby, so I could "paint" some of my photographs!  Only modest success, so far!

    Jim

     

  • JStiner said:

    Meme,

    Thanks for the follow-up.  Yes, I'll be patient and await whatever problem solving ideas are forthcoming.

    And, yes, I'll share a few of my painting (of photos) efforts, as soon as I can figure out how to upload them. 

    I looked at some of your efforts, and I am quite impressed.  Hope I can get to your level, one of these days.  I took this up last year as an adjunct to my photography hobby, so I could "paint" some of my photographs!  Only modest success, so far!

    Jim

     

     

     Until you hear from our experts on sizing for printing, follow this link to Tolouse's blog on how to size your paintings for showing on the forum.  Nothing to it once you do one.  http://essentialscafe.com/blogs/tolouses_blog/default.aspx.  Good luck!

  • All I have done is resize my Canvas in PE4, making sure the ppi is set to 150 at least for good detail.  Then save as jpeg with excellent quality chosen.  Have not tried printing riff.  Others may have more experience printing, and the Painter Factory Forum has quite a few posts that should apply to printing in PE4 as well.

    http://painterfactory.com/search/SearchResults.aspx?q=printing

  •  the easiest way round this is if you send me a typical picture which you are trying to print, and if there is a problem I will find it out - for the record I always work at 300dpi for anything which is going to be printed, unless it is an exceptionally detailed graphic with very fine lines then up to 600dpi at times, what size is a picture straight from your camera in pixels? - when you paint something you need to save two versions, one at full size with no compression at 300dpi for printing - the other resized and compressed to fit forum requirements - I will now send you an e-mail so you can get my contact details - got to go out but will sort your problem this evening for sure - you have a quality printer, providing you use equally quality paper we will get there have no fear.