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Well, Archae, that's your uninformed opinion.

The Internet is only as good as your ability to differentiate reliable sources from unreliable sources, and opinion from fact. Since no one seems to be teaching critical thinking in public schools any more, the library is one of the last places where people of all ages can still learn those skills. Meanwhile, your comment also assumes everyone can afford to access the internet, which simply isn't true except where anyone can use a computer for free - at the library. People who work from home are using public libraries as a workspace away from their kitchen table, people who travel for business know they can get free wifi and a plug at almost any public library in any town they have to travel to. People who homeschool get a lot of their materials through public libraries; hell, even public school teachers get books for their classes in this era where school libraries have been eliminated from school funding. Libraries provide public meeting spaces for anyone who needs it, including the people of Ferguson, and Hurricane Sandy survivors.

But you know, you're an expert, since you probably haven't set foot in a library for decades. So never mind.

Question about enlarging digital photographs.

So... I have a couple photos I want to enlarge. Really enlarge. To 30" x 40". Trying to figure out pixels per square inch is making me crazy. Online sources are both helpful and confusing. For instance, one says you can't use photoshop to enlarge pictures but you can use it to downscale photos. It also says 72 ppi will be pixelated if blown up. What I've shot comes up as 72 ppi with an image size of 48" x 32".

My questions are:

If I downsize the image to 30x40 at 72ppi, will it be all pixelated?
or
Can I change the the ppi to 300 and then downsize it to 30x40? Will that be pixelated, too?
and
If both of these lead to gross pixelation, what's a gal to do that wants her own images up in her living room?

I'm using Photoshop Elements, if that has anything to do with anything.

This whole question makes me flash back to doing word problems in math. Please help!!
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