The resolution of your digital file needs be large enough to support the print size that you want. The chart below will allow you to determine the pixel resolution required for various print sizes. A good understanding of how pixel size relates to print size is essential for getting the best print quality from your digital images. You can usually determine the pixel resolution by "hovering" the mouse's curser over the file name or right clicking and selecting "file info" or "properties". In some cases you may have to open the file in a program like PhotoShop, or PhotoShop Elements to see the pixel dimensions of your file. If you don't have either of these programs, you can download a very good free software application (supported by user donations) called "GIMP" by clicking on this linkGIMP is a great general purpose image editing application.

All of our photo and inkjet printing is produced at between 300 and 360 dpi output size, but because of specific limits in camera sensor resolution, producing large print sizes might require additional processing to make prints of optimum quality. We have professional software and processing techniques available that will optimize your file for maximum quality at the required size. Simply up-scaling a small file can, in some cases, actually decrease the quality of the final print, so please allow us to handle this task if it is needed.  Should your file's pixel resolution appear in, or is lower than that specified in the "pink" column below (far right side) for the print size you want, please check with us before ordering. For large print sizes, whenever possible it is desirable to have RAW files available, as these will produce the best results.

We have not included file sizes in the cart below because of the exceptionally wide variation in size a file may have due file type (jpeg vs. tif) and/or jpeg quality setting.

 

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