How big can I print this photo? HELP please? I don't understand it.

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It really depends on how big the original photo is.<br /><br />For example, this website: http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/digitalimaging/f/pixelsprint.htm says that for a high quality 8 x 10 (As an example) photo you need a 3 megapixel photo. That website will give you the jist of the size you need to get an appropriate “blown up” photo.

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee

To put it as simply as possible, the 300 pixels/inch you’re talking about is the resolution of your picture, so yes it’s an indicator how clearly the picture is going to come out. If you increase the size of your picture that number will gradually go down and will get less clear.

The lowest you could probably get away with is about 200 – 240 pixels/inch. So increase the size of your photo and see how close you can get to those numbers and you’ll probably still get a pretty good picture. I hope this helps.

(I’m a Graphic Designer and deal with this kind of thing on a daily basis.)

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ideally you want it to be 300 dpi, but I’ve pushed some of mine to around 200 dpi and they still look fine, especially at larger sizes where people are going to be viewing it from a distance.

You could always enlarge it to the size you want, and then print an 8.5 x 11 section of the image on your home printer and see if it’s pixelated.

Post # 9
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Newbee

Hi there! If you decide you want to make the picture bigger, my friend taught me a Photoshop trick that seems to improve the size and resolution of photos. 

Open it in Photoshop and open up the “Image” drop-down menu. Then choose “Image Size…” and it opens up a box where you can edit the dpi and image size.

I’ve used this on a few architecture school presentations that required large prints and it seemed to really improve the images. Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

First off, print resolution needs to be 300 dpi. Which your pictures appears to be. However, if it is in jpg format and you are playing around with resizing it in Photoshop then you must convert it to tiff format first. Otherwise the jpg image quality will degrade every time you save over it. 

As for how big an enlargement you can make, this rather depends on the filesize too. Which is not quite the same as the picture size. So how big is the file? As an example, 2mb, 3mb or bigger? Only the larger the filesize, the larger the enlargement that’s possible. 

If you open “Image Size” on Photoshop, as a pp has said, you’ll get far more information about the picture. You can then alter the size of the picture and see how it is affected by being increased. This is NOT a method of improving a picture, however, but is an excellent way of checking the effect of increasing the size of it.

 

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Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Canvas resolution is different to paper. It can definitely be less than 300dpi and still look decent because the texture of canvas is much more forgiving. I think 200dpi or 150dpi is pretty standard for canvas, and I have heard of people getting good results from 100dpi or even slightly less. What is the actual size in pixels of your photo?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

8X13 will be fine. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

GoGoAnonon:  According to this guide, you could make a huge canvas out of that: http://www.thecanvasprintstudio.co.uk/canvas-prints-resolution-guide.html

Assuming the image is decently sharp, not noisy and from a camera with a good sensor like a DSLR you could print something 40 x 32 inches or even larger if you wanted to push it. It might not be professional showroom quality at that size, but it will still look pretty good. It wouldn’t work so well on paper, but like I mentioned before, canvas is a very forgiving medium.

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