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Re: [vox-tech] Changing the print resolution of JPEG images by script
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Re: [vox-tech] Changing the print resolution of JPEG images by script

Haven't been following all the details, but I'd like to add what I do with image files (e.g. jpeg) in LaTeX. I simply convert them to .eps or .pdf and then include those instead, which are scalable (within reason). How you do the conversion greatly dictates the final quality, of course. Imagemagick has been satisfactory in the past. You might be able to print them to postscript or pdf files as well from within an image viewer.


Henry House wrote:
På lördag, 09 april 2005, skrev Ryan:

On Friday 08 April 2005 05:24 pm, Ken Herron kherron+lugod-at-fmailbox.com |lugod| wrote:

Henry House wrote:

One of the more common operations that I need to do with JPEG images is
to change their print resolution so that when printed (e.g., as included
figures in a LaTeX document) they print at 300 dpi (for example) instead
of 72 dpi.
To start with, DPI (dots per inch) implies that each pixel has a
physical size, 1/72 of an inch or whatever. As far as I know, JPEG
images have a size in pixels (e.g. 106 by 64 pixels for the watertower
image on the LUGOD home page), but the pixels have no inherent physical
size. Something outside of the image--probably the software used to
embed the image into the document--is deciding how large the image
should appear on the page. I would expect that you can adjust that, ie
tell the software how large to print the image or what DPI to use.
JPEG files include DPI as metadata, which is used by some programs. I suspect it would be fairly trivial to write a program that changes this.

Yes, the print resolution is definately withing the JPEG file, thoughsince
the programs like Gimp and PDFTeX that understand print resolution as
distinct from  pixel resolution do not have access to any other metadata
beyond that in the file  itself.

Some investigation with google turned up this:


   "Most digital cameras produce EXIF files, which are JPEG files with
   extra tags that contain information about the image. The EXIF library
   allows you to parse an EXIF file and read the data from those tags."

This looks promising.


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