How to Resize Your iPad Paintings for Print

A guide on transitioning from the digital canvas to print.

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How to Resize Your iPad Paintings for Print
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My friends ask me all the time how I go from iPad to print but keep clarity in my work. This guide will go through my process.

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For the sake of the exercise let's use ArtRage for iPad.

For the sake of the exercise let's use ArtRage for iPad.

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Here is one of my finished paintings. First I email it to myself from within the app.

Here is one of my finished paintings. First I email it to myself from within the app.

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You can either choose to send it as a PNG, JPEG or ArtRage file. I usually choose JPEG because it is standard in most cases.

You can either choose to send it as a PNG, JPEG or ArtRage file. I usually choose JPEG because it is standard in most cases.

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Here's how the email screen should look.

Here's how the email screen should look.

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Now I retrieve it from my Desktop Mac.

Now I retrieve it from my Desktop Mac.

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There it is in Preview.

There it is in Preview.

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Now I save it to the desktop. Make sure to set the photo to best quality when saving.

Now I save it to the desktop. Make sure to set the photo to best quality when saving.

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Now I open Photoshop. Note: This version is CS3 but newer and older versions let you do this too. Let keep moving.

Now I open Photoshop. Note: This version is CS3 but newer and older versions let you do this too. Let keep moving.

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Here's the startup screen.

Here's the startup screen.

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Ok now I select Image, then image size.

Ok now I select Image, then image size.

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These are the default settings for the jpeg I sent from ArtRage. You must change the resolution, width and height for printing larger sizes. It'll pixelate beyond 11 x 17 if you don't.

These are the default settings for the jpeg I sent from ArtRage. You must change the resolution, width and height for printing larger sizes. It'll pixelate beyond 11 x 17 if you don't.

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I change the resolution to 300 for a crisper image. Now I can go as big as 16 x 20 and the image will still look good. 150 to 250 is also suitable too but I prefer 300.

I change the resolution to 300 for a crisper image. Now I can go as big as 16 x 20 and the image will still look good. 150 to 250 is also suitable too but I prefer 300.

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The image window will instantly change size to let you know it worked.

The image window will instantly change size to let you know it worked.

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Save the newly made file at a high size like 9 or even 10 and you're golden.

Save the newly made file at a high size like 9 or even 10 and you're golden.

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From there now I can print. Larger prints tend to get costly so I just go with Costco. Note: Apps like Sketchbook Pro and Procreate give you a larger default resolution to work with...

From there now I can print. Larger prints tend to get costly so I just go with Costco. Note: Apps like Sketchbook Pro and Procreate give you a larger default resolution to work with...

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...so you can increase your print size even higher. With those apps I can print as big as 48 x 36. You just have to remember the limitations of each app. As they upgrade the resolution will too.

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Lastly there's an app called Perfect Resize that adds pixels to an image. So you could technically bypass those limits. I have yet to try it yet though.

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Hope you enjoyed the guide. Please feel free to leave feedback and ask questions. See more of my work at http://raheemnelson.com.

Hope you enjoyed the guide. Please feel free to leave feedback and ask questions. See more of my work at raheemnelson.com.

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