Why do i need resolution?

It is important that the file you upload has enough resolution in it to print at a large size.

Because you want this:

Not this:

What is resolution?

A photo is made up of tiny dots called pixels. The number of pixels in your photo dictates how large the photo can be printed before it starts to get blurry. Pixels are measured by the inch, and the more pixels per inch you have, the ‘clearer’ the photo will be. As a photo is enlarged for poster printing, the pixels are stretched out, making less and less pixels per inch. If your image doesn’t have enough pixels to begin with, then enlarging your photo to a poster won’t work.

How do i get enough resolution?

Use a file or photo that has come from a high quality source. Images taken from the internet and low resolution phones do not have enough resolution for printing, they were designed to be viewed on computer screens, not enlarged and printed as posters.

OK TO PRINT

High resolution images:

  • Quality digital camera (15+ megapixel)
  • iPhone 5 & 6, Newer Android Phones
  • High quality scans (600 dpi +)
  • Stock Photography Sites gettyimages.com,
  • istockphoto.com, shutterstock.com

NOT OK TO PRINT

Low resolution images:

  • Old digital camera (less than 15 megapixel)
  • Older iPhone and Android
  • Low quality scans
  • Images from websites, google and internet

Why can’t you make my image work?

It’s a common next question for someone to say “my image is too low quality, isn’t there something you can do?” If there was a way to magically enhance your image, we would sure do it. But unfortunately you cannot “create” pixels that don’t exist. That is what causes blurriness. A tiny image can’t be enlarged to giant proportions if it doesn’t have enough pixels to begin with.

File quality check

A photo is made up of tiny dots called pixels. The number of pixels in your photo dictates how large the photo can be printed before it starts to get blurry. Pixels are measured by the inch, and the more pixels per inch you have, the ‘clearer’ the photo will be. As a photo is enlarged for poster printing, the pixels are stretched out, making less and less pixels per inch. If your image doesn’t have enough pixels to begin with, then enlarging your photo to a poster won’t work.

For answers to other common questions about file quality and handy size tables, check out our fille preparation FAQ here.

What can we help you find?

Choose your order method

  • Upload an existing file, photo, or design.
  • Accepts JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF, DOC, XLS, PPT.
  • Our most common order wizard guides you through the order.

Design online

  • Design a poster online with multiple images on one design.
  • Add text and clip art.
  • Use when you don’t have a design ready to upload.

Advanced order

  • Upload files without a wizard or quality check to enter an order quickly. Best for experienced customers and designers only.

How do I create an account?

You create an account when you place your first order. During the first step of the checkout page, you’ll see an option to “save your order” and create an account with a password. This will create your account for future use and save your new order to the account.

You're not able to create an account before placing your first order, as an account is not needed until there is an order to go with it.

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