Image file size for printing..

JoHawkJoHawk Big grinsWhistler BCRegistered Users Posts: 31 Big grins
edited May 10, 2015 in Digital Darkroom

I have just started with getting prints for clients and my local print shop wants me to use them, which is fine and great as I love locals supporting locals.

However I have just tried to upload my first order and one print is an 8 x 10. This upload has a caution sign on it that says photo resolution is 16% percent less than recommended and may effect quality.

Yes I could ask them but rather post the question here.

I do all my post processing in photoshop and SOOC the image size is 240ppi , I do not change this and i save the file at 12 for maximum resolution.

What am I doing wrong here and what size and crop should I be using for all high resolution client images to be print ready?


  • SamSam San Jose CA San Jose CARegistered Users Posts: 7,419 Major grins
    edited May 10, 2015
    Basically you would want an image file with 2,400 X 3,000 pixels (300 ppi) for an 8X10 print. Although 1,920 X 2,400 pixels (240 ppi) will typicality yield a fine print.

  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,658 moderator
    edited May 10, 2015
    It is easy to uprez the photo in Photoshop to the needed 300 ppi. You will not see any significant decline in image quality if your initial file is of good quality..

    Image >Image Size> 300 pixels in the Length and Width boxes, and Bicubic Smoother for enlargement and you should be good to go.
    Pathfinder -

    Moderator of the Technique Forum and Finishing School on Dgrin
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