Summary: The maximum amount of detail that can be contained in an ink-jet print is set by the native resolution of the printer and the size of the print. In the case of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, maximum detail requires that the image be printed at 720 pixels per inch (ppi). Printing at 720 ppi ensures that the visible detail in the print will be oversampled, and therefore printed with greater sharpness than if the image were captured with fewer pixels and printed to the same size at 360 ppi. In order to fully exploit the capabilities of the Epson 3880 in a modestly large (~ 50 cm) print, it is necessary to have an image on the order of 110 – 120MP. At present, the only way to make maximum-detail prints larger than 25-30 cm, is by stitching multiple frames to make larger images.
Key words: maximum print detail, print resolution, print sharpness, oversampling, Epson Stylus Pro 3880, Ming Thein, Ultraprint, image stitching, panorama, fine-art ink-jet printing, photographic printing