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Printer Resolution

Friday, July 28th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Printing Help

Printer Resolution

Well, if you know anything about printers at all, you probably know that, like monitors, they work with a certain resolution rate. Monitors have to be set at a certain resolution to bring out the best quality view for you while you use your computer. Well, printers have to do the same thing so that everything you print is eye catching and just the way you want it. You don’t want your print jobs leaving something to desire, so you have to make sure you have the correct resolution set for your printer.

The resolution for printers is measured in DPI (dots per inch). So, for example, your printer may be able to print at a 600 DPI level, which means it can print 600 by 600 per square inch of your paper (or 360,000 dots per inch). Printers that don’t have a high resolution rate may give you what is called “jaggies,” which simply means the images or text have little jagged edges. Believe me, you don’t want jaggies!

Luckily, new inkjet and laser printers come with a technology that allows them to print little dots where the jagged edges lie, which fill them in so they’re not as noticeable. Hewlett Packard was the first printer company to come out with this, but other manufacturers are developing edge enhancements for their printers as well.

Depending on what type of printer you have, you can find your resolution setting by poking around in your settings or preferences area under the menus in your printer software. If all else fails and you really want to know, try the Help file as well.

~ Erin

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