working with 14x18 300 DPI, how???

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  12 December 2005
working with 14x18 300 DPI, how???

I started this portrait last christmas of my 3 year old niece and myself as she lives in south africa and I miss her lots. ... Obviously just a few hrs work, but a total of 72 PSDs saved for my own reference as I did it just but random brushes and creating my own tecneque.. I stopped working it after realizing it was at 72 DPI and at that full size. I would rather have a 14x18 or so at 300 DPI..

Starting a new one of my mom and fiance for a late xmas/wedding gift at 14x18, 300 DPI "newly weds" type theme. Problem is, How do you work with a 300 DPI image? 100%, I can see maybe 3/4ths of a face. I'm on a 1920x1200 resolution on a 17" widescreen monitor. I had the reference photos printed on 11x17 paper, but even so, I can't do porportions correctly with such high DPI. When I zoom out, it obviously distorts a bit so the lines aren't crisp for viewing.

What do you guys do? Suggestions would be nice. Thanks,

  12 December 2005
There is no solution for that, as that's one of the downsides of working digitally. At 25% and 50% the aliasing isn't as bad as some other odd number though--that's what I do. For serious portraits, I personally feel that traditional painting is much more suitable--as the value of the painting as a gift is deemed a lot higher by most people--even digital artists.
  12 December 2005
it's not a huge problem. you probably shouldn't be worrying about the kind of details where you need to be at 100% until after you have your proportions down. if i were you, i'd work at a size that fills the screen comfortably, until the proportions and basic colors are down, then size up and refine/detail it. this will also make the machine more responsive in the early stages of the painting. as for the distortions/aliasing when you size down, as robert said, it's not bad at 25 or 50 percent.

  12 December 2005
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