I have a color hardcopy with a very small font that is hard to read but just barely acceptable when scanned to a JPG file and then viewed zoomed on a LCD. It is impossible to read when color inkjet printed. What should I do to make a more legible hardcopy on any printer? In other words, I do not know what kind of printer and printer software will be used.
Specifically, I'd like to know what format to save the file in when scanned. Should I then do scaling or cropping or both? What format should the result be saved in? I'm not looking for a trial and error type of answer but sort of an optimal kind of answer, please.
Edit: I paid the internet shop downstairs to rescan. It's now 10085 x 13120 pixels at 1200 DPI, far better than what I had originally, and saved as a JPEG (because I did not see the lossless recommendations until now). Unfortunately, it's still illegible on paper after zooming.
Edit: Cropping is feasible since the document has margins of about 1.5 cm. Zooming is also feasible for the same reason. Unfortunately, the extent you can crop (and save to disk and print later) only helps a little because you only gain 3 cm from cropping. The extent zooming (to print immediately) helps is limited by the physical paper size. When I say it's acceptable on the LCD, I'm zooming and panning. Unfortunately I cannot pan physical paper (unless it's e-ink paper, but it has to be cellulose in my case). Zoomed to print still results in illegible text because of the physical paper constraint on zooming.
Edit: The original averages 32 words per line, so perhaps 192 characters per line. Definitely not printer friendly.