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.













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  • JStiner said:


    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!




     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.  Good luck!

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