Below are the technical details of images for printing - to help you to get the best prints possible.

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Technical Specification

Text should be 400 dpi at the final size in the layout.
Images should be 300 dpi at the final size in the layout.
Resolution and size (dimensions) are inversely proportional to each other. So, if you enlarge an image, you lower its resolution. If you reduce an image, you increase its resolution.
How an image is originally acquired will determine its resolution, and thus the size it can print at for clear and crisp printing.
Low resolution images print with jagged edges and appear fuzzy.
The human eye cannot detect the squares of colour if there are 300 or more in an inch. For clear and crisp printing, images at their final size in the layout should be at 300 dpi (dots per inch = squares of colour in an inch) or 400 dpi if the images include text.


Images from your scanner

Know the image size required for your layout before you scan. Guess larger if uncertain. If the photo is larger than the layout size,simply scan at 300 dpi. If the photo is smaller than the layout size, adjust your scanner settings.
Adjust the scanner resolution setting.
Adjust the scan percentage size.

How to calculate the resolution

Increasing the scanning resolution above 300 dpi by the same percentage will enlarge the original photo.

Photo size = 2 x 3 inches
Image layout size = 5 x 7 inches
5/2 = 2.5 (you will be enlarging the photo 2.5 times, or 250%)
Scan photo at 2.5 x 300 dpi, or 750 dpi
If you need to enlarge anything by more than 300% it is best to get a professional scan.

Images from your digital camera

Before taking a picture, determine the quality of an image and how it can be used in a layout. Use the highest quality setting available on the camera. The pixel dimensions of an image identify the resolution. Dividing the pixel width and height by 300 determines the dpi. Divide by 400 for images with text.

For example:
Digital camera image (with no text) = 1200 pixels x 1600 pixels
1200/300 = 4 inches 1600/300 = 5.33 inches
Layout size for image = 4 inches x 5.33 inches
The image can print at this size or smaller for clear and crisp printing.
Digital cameras use the RGB colour space. When RGB is converted to CMYK, images tend to darken. Brighten and sharpen your image for clearer printing. Convert the image to the CMYK colour space, if possible. Professionals frequently use Adobe Photoshop for this task.

Images from stock photography companies

Know the image size required for your layout before you purchase stock photography online. Please read their information prior to purchase as it will determine, price, colour, file size, copyrights, resolution and quality. Each image should be at a resolution of 300 dpi for the final size in your layout. Reminder: get the image in CMYK colour mode (rather than RGB) if possible. If you get it in RGB, here are some guidelines for you to follow:
2 inches x 2 inches @ 300 dpi = 600 pixels x 600 pixels = 1.38 MB
4 inches x 4 inches @ 300 dpi = 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels = 5.5 MB
8.5 inches x 11 inches @ 300 dpi = 2550 pixels x 3300 pixels = 32.2 MB