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Design Tip: Printing Low Resolution Photos

By Amy Wright | Jan 17, 2018

Have you ever wondered why an image from the Internet never looks as good when you print it as it did on your computer screen?

Although we specialize in printing low-resolution images, it’s always easier and gives you more options if you can upload the highest resolution image possible.

What is resolution?

Resolution is best described as the tiny little pixels of color that make up a digital image. The fewer pixels there are, the less crisp and clear your image will be. Resolution is commonly measured in pixels per inch (PPI). Web-based images and images intended for print require different levels of PPI in order to display sharply.

How can I print low-resolution photos?

An example of a low-resolution image would be one that you downloaded from Facebook. While they often look great on your computer monitor, most online photos are sized at 72 PPI, which isn’t great for enlarging or printing. Keep this in mind when you download any web image for printing. Often websites will provide a link that allows you to download a higher resolution version of the image, try to use that one for print. That being said, we can still help you print Facebook photos even if they are low-resolution.

Larger images usually have a resolution of 150 PPI or 300 PPI. These are easier to enlarge for printing purposes because of the greater pixel density.

Image dimension and image resolution are often confused but in reality, they are completely different. An 8×10″ at 72 dpi vs. an 8×10″ at 150 dpi will have entirely different outcomes when printed onto canvas.

We have a variety of ways to print low-resolution images on canvas and turn them into spectacular masterpieces. So don’t be shy if your image is low resolution, we can help! Choose from a variety of filters or take advantage of our design services. You can even provide instructions to our in-house designers. They’ll make sure your photo comes out picture perfect.


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