Image Resolution Guidelines

Make sure your digital images are ready to print!

What is image resolution?

An image's resolution refers to the number of pixels (small squares of information) contained in an image. An image with high resolution is made up of many small pixels, while an image with low resolution contains a smaller number of larger pixels. Resolution (pixels) cannot be added to an image once it is captured by enlarging the image, it can only be removed.

An image’s resolution impacts its appearance in both digital and print form.

Sample of 4x6" Orubt at 300ppi
(1200x1800 Pixels)

Sample of 4x6" Orubt at 180ppi
(720x1080 Pixels)

Sample of 4x6" Orubt at 72ppi
(288x432 Pixels)

Impact of high vs. low resolution on a digital form:

Sample of Original
(1800x1200 Pixels)

Sample of Image After Being Enlarged
to 9000x6000 Pixels

How is image resolution measured?

PPI (Pixels Per Inch) measures the resolution of a digital image (on a computer, camera, or a mobile device). The higher the PPI, the higher the resolution of the image will be, and the clearer the image will appear when printed.

DPI (Dots Per Inch) measures the resolution of a printed image, and indicates the number of ink dots per inch within an image. We calibrate our professional printers with expert precision to ensure that high resolution images (125 PPI or higher) print beautifully.

How can I check my image’s resolution?

On a PC:

  1. Right click on your image, and select "Properties".
  2. Click the "Details" tab.
  3. Your photo dimensions and image resolution will listed under "Image."

On a Mac:

  1. Highlight the digital file on your computer.
  2. Press command+i to Get Info.
  3. Locate Dimensions under More Info.

In a web browser:

  1. Right click (PC) or Ctrl+click (Mac) on your image.

Internet Explorer:
•Select Properties

Firefox:
•Choose View Images Info.

Safari:
•Ctrl+click to save the image and view the proerties on your desktop.

Chrome:
Properties Such as "image Resolution" that will allow you to view image properties within the browser.

On a mobile device:

Apple iPhone X

  1. Download an app such as "image Size" or upload the photos to a computer.

Samsung Galaxy S6-S9

  1. Open your gallery and select your photo.
  2. Click on "More," and then select "Details."
  3. Resolution details will be listed under "Properties."

Google Pixel

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap the More menu in the upper right corner, and select "info."

In Adobe Photoshop:

  1. Click the "Image" dropdown in the menu of Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Select "Image Size".

In Adobe Lightroom:

  1. Click the "Window" dropdown.
  2. Select the "Library" module.
  3. Select your photo.
  4. Resolution details will be listed under "Metadata."

Make sure your photos are pixel perfect. Head to our Pixel Chart and see the right amount of pixels you need for your Prints.

How large can I print an image taken on my camera?

Use the Pixel Chart below to determine the resolution requirements for your chosen print size!

Print Size

3.5 x 5
4 x 4
4 x 5
4 x 6
4 x 8
5 x 5
5 x 7
5 x 10
5 x 15
6 x 8
6 x 9
7 x 10
8 x 8
8 x 10
8 x 12
8 x 16
8 x 24
8.5 x 11
9 x 12
10 x 10
10 x 13
10 x 14
10 x 15
10 x 20
10 x 30
11 x 11
11 x 14
11 x 17
11 x 22
11 x 28
12 x 12
12 x 18
12 x 24
12 x 36
15 x 30
15 x 40
16 x 16
16 x 20
16 x 24
18 x 24
20 x 20
20 x 24
20 x 30
20 x 40
22 x 28
24 x 24
24 x 30
24 x 36
30 x 30
30 x 40
30 x 45

Print Size

125 PPI

180 PPI

300 PPI

3.5 x 5 438 x 625 630 x 900 1050 x 1500
4 x 4 500 x 500 720 x 720 1200 x 1200
4 x 5 500 x 625 720 x 900 1200 x 1500
4 x 6 500 x 750 720 x 1080 1200 x 1800
4 x 8 500 x 1000 720 x 1440 1200 x 2400
5 x 5 625 x 625 900 x 900 1500 x 1500
5 x 7 625 x 875 900 x 1260 1500 x 2100
5 x 10 625 x 1250 900 x 1800 1500 x 3000
5 x 15 625 x 1875 900 x 2700 1500 x 4500
6 x 8 750 x 1000 1080 x 1440 1800 x 2400
6 x 9 750 x 1125 1080 x 1620 1800 x 2700
7 x 10 875 x 1250 1260 x 1800 2100 x 3000
8 x 8 1000 x 1000 1440 x 1440 2400 x 2400
8 x 10 1000 x 1250 1440 x 1800 2400 x 3000
8 x 12 1000 x 1500 1440 x 2160 2400 x 3600
8 x 16 1000 x 2000 1440 x 2880 2400 x 4800
8 x 24 1000 x 3000 1440 x 4320 2400 x 7200
8.5 x 11 1063 x 1375 1530 x 1980 2550 x 3300
9 x 12 1125 x 1500 1620 x 2160 2700 x 3600
10 x 10 1250 x 1250 1800 x 1800 3000 x 3000
10 x 13 1250 x 1625 1800 x 2340 3000 x 3900
10 x 14 1250 x 1750 1800 x 2520 3000 x 4200
10 x 15 1250 x 1750 1800 x 2700 3000 x 4500
10 x 20 1250 x 2500 1800 x 3600 3000 x 6000
10 x 30 1250 x 3750 1800 x 5400 3000 x 9000
11 x 11 1375 x 1375 1980 x 1980 3300 x 3300
11 x 14 1375 x 1750 1980 x 2520 3300 x 4200
11 x 17 1375 x 2125 1980 x 3060 3300 x 5100
11 x 22 1375 x 2750 1980 x 3960 3300 x 6600
11 x 28 1375 x 3500 1980 x 5040 3300 x 8400
12 x 12 1500 x 1500 2160 x 2160 3600 x 3600
12 x 18 1500 x 2250 2160 x 3240 3600 x 5400
12 x 24 1500 x 3000 2160 x 4320 3600 x 7200
12 x 36 1500 x 4500 2160 x 6480 3600 x 10800
15 x 30 1875 x 3750 2700 x 5400 4500 x 9000
15 x 40 1875 x 5000 2700 x 7200 4500 x 12000
16 x 16 2000 x 2000 2880 x 2880 4800 x 4800
16 x 20 2000 x 2500 2880 x 3600 4800 x 6000
16 x 24 2000 x 3000 2880 x 4320 4800 x 7200
18 x 24 2250 x 3000 3240 x 4320 5400 x 7200
20 x 20 2500 x 2500 3600 x 3600 6000 x 6000
20 x 24 2500 x 3000 3600 x 4320 6000 x 7200
20 x 30 2500 x 3750 3600 x 5400 6000 x 9000
20 x 40 2500 x 5000 3600 x 7200 6000 x 12000
22 x 28 2750 x 3500 3960 x 5040 6600 x 8400
24 x 24 3000 x 3000 4320 x 4320 7200 x 7200
24 x 30 3000 x 3750 4320 x 5400 7200 x 9000
24 x 36 3000 x 4500 4320 x 6480 7200 x 10800
30 x 30 3750 x 3750 5400 x 5400 9000 x 9000
30 x 40 3750 x 5000 5400 x 7200 9000 x 12000
30 x 45 3750 x 5625 5400 x 8100 9000 x 13500

NOTE: Additional factors, including camera settings, zooming, lighting, and cropping can affect the quality of a printed image. Therefore, these resolution guidelines alone do not guarantee a high quality print.

How large can I print an image taken on my mobile device?

Printing photos taken on a mobile device? Use this guide to order the right size print for your smartphone photos.

iPhone (Rear Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

4/ 4s 8 8 x 10
5/ 5s 8 8 x 10
5/ 5s Plus 8 8 x 10
6/ 6s 12 11 x 14
6/ 6s Plus 12 11 x 14
7/ 7s 12 11 x 14
7/ 7s Plus 12 11 x 14
8/ 8s 12 11 x 14
8/ 8s Plus 12 11 x 14
X 12 11 x 14
XS 12 11 x 14
XS Max 12 11 x 14
XR 12 11 x 14

iPhone (Front Facing Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

4/ 4s 1.4 Standard Wallet
5/ 5s 1.2 Standard Wallet
5/ 5s Plus 1.2 Standard Wallet
6/ 6s 5 6 x 9
6/ 6s Plus 5 6 x 9
7/ 7s 7 8 x 10
7/ 7s Plus 7 8 x 10
8/ 8s 7 8 x 10
8/ 8s Plus 7 8 x 10
X 7 8 x 10
XS 7 8 x 10
XS Max 7 8 x 10
XR 7 8 x 10

Samsung (Rear Facing Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

S5 16 11 x 14
S6 16 11 x 14
S7 12 11 x 14
Note 4 16 11 x 14
Note 5 16 11 x 14
Note 7 12 11 x 14
S9 12 11 x 14
S9+ 12 11 x 14
Note 9 12 11 x 14

Samsung (Front Facing Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

S5 2.1 4 x 6
S6 5 6 x 9
S7 5 6 x 9
Note 4 3.7 5 x 7
Note 5 5 6 x 9
Note 7 5 6 x 9
S9 8 8 x 10
S9+ 8 8 x 10
Note 9 8 8 x 10

Google Pixel (Rear Facing Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

Pixel 12.2 11 x 14
Pixel XL 12.2 11 x 14
Pixel 2 12.2 11 x 14
Pixel 2 XL 12.2 11 x 14

Google Pixel (Front Facing Camera)

Version

Megapixel

Print Up to:

Pixel 8 8 x 10
Pixel XL 8 8 x 10
Pixel 2 8 8 x 10
Pixel 2 XL 8 8 x 10

NOTE: Additional factors, including camera settings, zooming, lighting, and cropping can affect the quality of a printed image. Therefore, these resolution guidelines alone do not guarantee a high quality print. These recommendations apply to photos taken with the camera application of a smartphone or other mobile device. Screenshots from other applications are typically of a lower quality when printed.

How do I convert inches to pixels?

You don’t need to do any converting! For questions about how many pixels are in your desired Photo Print size, check out our Pixel Chart.

What are some other elements that affect my image’s resolution?

It's important to note that your printed image’s appearance in print may be affected by more than the number of pixels in the image:

Lighting
Well-lit images will contain more visual detail than darker images (especially for photos taken on a phone).

Digital zoom
Using a digital zoom feature will crop a portion of the image, and then enlarge it back to size. Image quality will be reduced relative to the original photo.

Enlarged photos
Increasing the size of an image will not increase its resolution accordingly. For instance, increasing the size of a photo 200% will cause the pixels within the image to become twice as large, resulting in a larger, but lower quality image.

Is it possible to create a high quality, large format print from a smartphone photo?

This photo was taken using the rear-facing camera of a Samsung Galaxy S6 in natural sunlight. Once taken, this photo was not enlarged or cropped. It looks vibrant and sharp, even printed at 24x36"!

Do I have any options to print a low resolution image?

Select a small Photo Print size. The smaller the number of pixels, the smaller the space within which they should be printed.

Choose a Photo Print or product with a textured surface. Products such as Canvas Prints and Linen Textured Prints have a unique surface that can hide imperfections better than Prints and products with a smooth surface.

Increase the viewing distance of the final product. If the product is intended to be viewed from far away, resolution imperfections will be harder to detect.

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