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Photo Quality for Reproductions

Photo Quality for Reproductions

Aloha!

I have been talking to a few vendors lately about photo quality for reproductions, hopefully this will make it easy.

When reproducing artwork or reprint as a giclée, poster, garments, products, etc. it is ideal to have a professional scan your art.  There are some on the island that do great work and are reasonably priced (See below). With scanning you are getting the true colors and textures while avoiding reflections and lighting issues.

We highly recommend scanning but when it is not possible please use the handy guide so you can see the size you will need to print a great reproduction.

Keep in mind that there are other factors involved in getting a great shot worthy of reproduction like lighting, shadows, reflections, dust, backgrounds, etc.
Photo editing software can help enhance the quality of your photo.  There are many out there and it can get very confusing.   I use Adobe Lightroom but if you are an amateur you could either send me your photos (fees apply)  or use  program like Topaz DeNoise AI

The following information is a excerpt from http://www.urban75.org/photos/print.html

Printing images – what file size do you need?
A guide to required file sizes for printing out photos

Image size Pixels
(Virtual Size of Scans)

Megapixel
rating

Print size (inches)
at 200ppi

Print size (inches)
at 300ppi

640  x  480

0.3

3.2 x 2.4

2.1 x 1.6

1,024 x 768

0.8

5.1 x 3.8

3.4 x 2.5

1,280 x  960

1.2

6.4 x 4.8

4.2 x 3.2

1,504 x 1,0001.57.5 x 5.05.0 x 3.3

1,632 x 1,224

2.03.3 x 6.15.4 x 4.1
2,000 x 1,3122.610.0 x 6.66.7 x 4.4
2,240 x 1,4883.311.2 x 7.47.5 x 5.0
2,275 x 1,5203.511.4 x 7.67.6 x 5.1
2,272 x 1,7043.911.4 x 8.57.6 x 5.7
2,590 x 1,9205.013.0 x 9.68.6 x 6.4

3,008 x 2,000

6.0

15.0 x 10.0

10.0 x 6.7

4,256 x 2,848

12.121.3 x 14.214.2 x 9.5
4,536 x 3,02413.722.7 x 15.115.1 x 10.1
5,782 x 3,94622.8 28.9 x 19.719.3 x 13.2
 

Quality vs file size
This guide shows you the kind of quality you can expect when you’re printing out your photos.

Digital camera resolution vs print quality
Capture Resolution
Video Display
Print Size
2×3″
4×5″/4×6″
5×7″
8×10″
11×14″
16×20″
20×30″
320×240

OK

Good

OK

Crap

Crap

Crap

Crap

Crap

640×480
0.3Megapixel

Good

Excellent

Good

Crap

Crap

Crap

Crap

Crap

800×600

Excellent

Photo Quality

Very Good

Reasonable

Crap

Crap

Crap

Crap

1024×768

Excellent

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

OK

Crap

Crap

Crap

1280×960
1 MP

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

Crap

Crap

Crap

1536×1180

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

OK

Crap

Crap

1600×1200
2MP

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

OK

OK

Crap

2048×1536
3 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

OK

OK

2240×1680
4 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

OK

2560×1920
5 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

Very Good

3032×2008
6 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

3072×2304
7 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Excellent

3264×2448
8 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

10 Megapixel +

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

 

CrapHorribly pixelated blocky mess, like something out of 1987
OKLooks reasonable enough, but nowhere near photo quality
GoodPretty good all round, with a fair bit of detail
Very GoodThis will be fine for most uses, unless you get up reeeeal close
ExcellentAs good as a photo for most purposes
Photo QualityWoohoo! Fantastic quality print, full of detail and perfect for your picture frame or for your showing off your very best shots.

 

 

 

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