This post will help you make sure your photo’s resolution is large enough to become the stunning wall print you want to hang in your home.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR PHOTO’S RESOLUTION BEFORE PRINTING
- Physically larger – Photo wall prints are simply bigger than photos on your screen or in a photo book. This means that large photo prints require photos with more pixels per inch (ppi) than smaller photo prints.
- Viewed from farther away – Most likely, you don’t stand close enough to lick your wall prints. You admire view them from at least several feet away. Because the distance between your eye and a wall print is greater than between your eye and a photo book, for example, the resolution between these print sizes can also differ. Wall prints often look great at resolutions lower than those needed smaller photo prints.
Step 1. Always shoot using the highest resolution
Before you start shooting, double-check your camera’s settings to be sure your photos will be saved at the maximum resolution. It’s always possible to re-save your photos in a lower resolution later (if you want to share them online, for example). But if it’s very hard to turn a low-resolution photo into a quality wall print. So shoot using the highest resolution possible – it will save you much grief later!
Step 2. Check your camera’s megapixels
Step 3. Check the width and height of your photo in pixels
Step 4. Calculate the maximum print size based on the photo’s pixels
- Go to Image > Image Size
- For Width and Height, choose Inches (not pixels this time)
- Unclick the “Resample” box
- Fill in the width and height (in inches) for the desired print size (ex: 40″ x 60″)
- Check the resolution number (it will adjust automatically based on the width and height you put in). If the resolution is higher than 80 ppi, then your photo has a resolution that’s good enough for quality print at the size you want!
- Always double-check your entire photo at 100% size.