When I try to print a photo that I opened in Elements 10 (I didn't adjust the photo's size, I just cropped off some unwanted bits and added graphics) at 720 dpi, I get a warning message that says "The following images will be rendered at less that 220 dpi at the requested print size". The only way I don't get that warning is if I tell it to print it really small (like 2x2). Why does it do this? (No matter what I tell it, my printer prints the photo much darker that the image on the screen, I don't know why that is either!)
Where are you selecting the 720 dpi? In the printer settings? That's different from the resolution of the photo, which is measured in ppi (pixels per inch, not dots per inch). To adjust the photo resolution, before you go to print go to Image>Resize>Resize Image and make sure that Resample Image is OFF, then set the ppi to what you want (usually not more than 300-the human eye can't see any more than that).
For the dark prints, it most often means that your monitor is too bright, which is very common with new monitors these days.
Thanks - it makes more sense now. I was using high quality photo print on my printer settings - thus the 720 dpi. The Resample image was already off - but even if I increase it up to 300 ppi - the image size automatically gets smaller - so it's not really worth it. As far as the the darkness of the print - I guess that means that my original photo was dark. I'm playing with the brightness and contrast to see if I can get it to print any brighter. Does this mean that if I took this original image to a photo store or Shutterfly - the photos I would get back would be just as dark? I guess I have alot to learn! This seemed so much easier in the old Photosmart with my old PC and my HP photoprinter! Thanks again for your advice!
For the brightness problem, if your monitor is too bright, then everything you see will appear brighter than it really is. If you can reduce the brightness/luminance of your monitor you will see more accurately how your photos really look. Yes, generally if they are printing dark at home, they will print dark elsewhere.
Well, just as a test case, I opened the same original photo with my easy photo print option for my Epson printer. This is a simple way to just print off photos downloaded off my camera to the printer. The program simply opens the jpeg - decides what the nearist size is for the paper, automatically sets the printer settings and just prints away. In this case the photo is 1280 X 1024 (HD setting from my camera) - it selected to print it as an 8 X 10 and it set the printer to best photo settings. The print was terriffic! My photo is not dark. So I went back to the Photoshop - opend the same jpeg - made no changes and asked it to just print. Of course it's not that simple - it wanted to print it as a 4X6, so I changed it to 8x10 to make the same size comparison. Also, it had the printer set as text, instead of photo quality - so I changed that (720dpi). Again, as I asked it to print - I got the message from before - ... rendered less than 220dpi... - and I let it print. The photo again was way too dark. Now I am reminded of the first photo I worked on for someone else, that was taken by ther cell phone - I had the same problem - it would print too dark. I assumed it was their photo - but I guess not. What is going on? What I am I doing wrong? I worked for years with the old Photoshop and never had this problem - my family counts on me for special photo editing requests and I need to figure this out. Besides - this is delaying my Xmas card from going out. I appreciate any advice - it's very frustrating. Thanks!!