"Printing Resolution" - Digital Photography Podcast 244

Printing resolution can be confusing if you don't have a few guidelines to steer you in the right direction. In this week's episode, I'll take the mystery out of printing resolution, pixel dimensions, and file sizes.

Here are some of the guidelines I discussed in the podcast:

    Dimensions based on printing at 240 ppi

  • Print size: 16.5" --> Longest side pixels: 4,000
  • Print size: 12" --> Longest side pixels: 2,900
  • Print size: 10" --> Longest side pixels: 2,400
  • Print size: 8" --> Longest side pixels: 2,000
  • Print size: 7" --> Longest side pixels: 1,700
  • Print size: 6" --> Longest side pixels: 1,500
  • Print size: 5" --> Longest side pixels: 1,200
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  • 13" x 19" Print --> 3,200 x 4,600 pixels
  • 8.5" x 11" Print --> 2,100 x 2,700 pixels
  • 5" x 7" Print --> 1,200 x 1,700 pixels
  • 4" x 6" Print --> 960 x 1,450 pixels

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Wonderful! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you answered my email and gave me so much information. I may actually decide to try and print something now! Thank you!

I just heard the podcast... utterly ridiculous. The suggested megapixel requirements for high quality prints are much, much higher than needed.

The shows are usually bsed in reality... this one wasn't.

Allan, I disagree with you. The pixel dimensions I listed are for 240 ppi prints. I've tested them myself, and they will yield beautiful images. Yes, you can use higher resolution if you want. But it's not necessary for most output.

Keep up the good work. I try to use products that sponsor you as much as possible.