Your Images Are below the Optimum Resolution

Problem: When publishing your creation, you get the message that your image is "below the optimum resolution" for either printing or viewing at this size, as shown in Figure 21-4.

Figure 21-4:

Album warns you if the resolution of your image is insufficient for your intended

Figure 21-4:

Album warns you if the resolution of your image is insufficient for your intended

Possible cure: You have several options, unfortunately none of which is a quick or easy fix.

l If you took the photo with a digital camera, you need to reshoot the photo, if possible, using a higher resolution. Of course, if the photo is of the Eiffel Tower and you're sitting in your office (which isn't in Paris), that option isn't very feasible. But if the photo is a portrait of a family member, and he or she is willing to give you another shot, then go for it. If necessary, check your camera's documentation to see how to increase the resolution of the camera.

l If the image is from a scanned print, slide or negative, you need to rescan the image at a higher resolution. Even though programs such as Photoshop Elements and Photoshop allow you to resize an image larger and at a higher resolution, you want to avoid resizing if at all possible. It is much better (if time consuming) to rescan the image.

Check out Chapter 3, which tells you all about resolution and related topics.

l If reshooting or rescanning isn't possible, you may have to live with using the image(s) in a different way. For example, if you really wanted to create a photo book or print a greeting card and the resolution isn't sufficient, you may have to live with a slideshow or eCard instead. Viewing images on-screen requires a much lower resolution than printing them.

Finally, you could always try and find suitable substitutes for the images you initially wanted to use. I know that it's hard to find an equivalent replacement for the Eiffel Tower, but maybe in other instances it might be easier.

Your Files Are Marked with

Problem: You see question mark icons on the thumbnails of your images in the Photo Well.

Possible cure: If there is no date embedded in the image, Album places a "???" icon on the thumbnail. If the clock on your camera or operating system is malfunctioning, the question mark may indicate an incorrect date and time stamp. Or you may have no date or time at all.

Dates are used extensively in Album as a way to identify, find, and organize your files, so it makes good sense to have a date and time assigned to every file. If you want to assign dates and times to all the files with unknown dates and times (see Figure 21-5), you can find all the vital details on making date and time adjustments in Chapter 5.

Figure 21-5:

Album enables you to adjust the date and time embedded in your files.

Figure 21-5:

Album enables you to adjust the date and time embedded in your files.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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