What is a high quality photo?
Pixelated or blurry photos are definitely big letdowns when you see your printed product! Making sure that your photos are high resolution is one of the first steps to ensure your products turns out looking great.
Every image or photo has a resolution. Image resolution is normally expressed in PPI, which refers to how many pixels are displayed per inch of an image. To be able to print and enlarge an image, a certain number of pixels is required to achieve a good quality print and avoid the image appearing pixelated or blurry. A higher resolution means that there are more pixels per inch (PPI), and will ultimately result in a high-quality, clearer image.
Images with lower resolutions have fewer pixels, and if those few pixels are too large (usually when an image is blown up), they can appear pixelated.
If you have ever tried to print an image that you downloaded from Facebook or Instagram, you may have noticed that not every photo prints out as expected. It's an easy mistake to make as what looks good on your smartphone or screen but might look blurry or pixelated when blown up to a larger print size. This distortion occurs when there is a resolution issue. Both the PPI and the size of the image can affect the resolution.
The pixel density of an image must complement the size of that image. For example, if you’re displaying a large image, you’ll need a higher PPI to avoid pixilation.
And this is why Popic require a minimum pixel size of 1000px by 1000px for our larger posters and 800 x800 for all other smaller photo products to ensure you receive only the best quality photo product. If your image does not meet this requirement, you will receive an error message.
NOTE: Photos that are taken in low light or out of focus will not adhere to these same rules and will most likely result in a low-quality photo print no matter what!