Resizing photos for the best results
Written on the 4 September 2012
Large digital photos make great posters or flyers but are difficult to email or use on the web. What can you do to make sure your photo is the correct size for print, emails and websites so you get the best results?
Digital photos are made up of thousands at times, millions of pixels (picture elements). Pixels are the smallest controllable elements of a graphic image. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the number of pixels (i.e. 600x800 versus 150x120), the better the quality of the image.
Where will the picture be used?
Print: The higher the resolution, the less pixelation. Aim for 300 pixels per inch (or dpi). Photos should not be overly enlarged. Try to use the original size and quality of the photo for printing.
Resizing your image
1. Open your photo software, for example, Photoshop or InDesign (Photo. Click on File then Open.