900 dpi prints?!?! That’s kinda crazy, right? You just need to print at 300 or 240 or 200 because somebody on the internet told me no one can tell the difference. But it works, and it works really well!
If you know me, you know I’m kinda obsessed with print quality. I cut my teeth looking at Ansel Adams prints every day, burning that quality expectation into my brain. I helped people like Galen Rowell print their first all digital print exhibitions. There’s magic in a extremely well made print, something that makes you appreciate it for years instead of a quick swipe on Instagram.
So I tried some things on my Canon PRO-4000 printer on a hunch and curiosity. I made a print from a very high dpi file and the result was something I never expected to see. I wasn’t sure if it was true so I compared it to my library of test prints from Epson Printers, Canon Printers, LighJets, and Chromiras on all kinds of papers with prints made at 300 dpi. And sure enough, what I was seeing was real.
So I made the test prints in this post to see just how much resolution the Canon printer could handle. And ever time I gave the printer more resolution, the print got better. Sharper edges, more detail…fine branches moved from mushy to crisp and clear, and everything became more dimensional, more 3-D, more like I could reach in and grab it. It makes me giddy just to think about it because it brings so much of that magic to a print. I never thought digital printing could do this, and it is letting me make prints that are closer to my vision than ever before.
I made a video to explain it a little more, and I plan on making more to show how to use this process that you can view on YouTube.
I’ve been using it to make prints for my clients too, and the results are breathtaking. Every print becomes a new experience.
I don’t know if it will work on your brand or model of printer but you should give it a try, and let me know what happens.
I'm working on a more in-depth article that will go into more detail about the process, so stay tuned!
Courteous comments and questions are always welcome
Photographer, teacher, and fine art printmaker Rich Seiling works to push the limits of printing technology to create beautiful Museum quality photographic prints for his clients and himself.