File Setup Requirements

While we can print many different types of files, your picture has less of a chance of looking awful if you follow these guidelines:

  • Files should be saved in JPG format with a high quality setting.
  • They should in 8-bit, RGB mode and use the sRGB Color Profile.
  • If you have worked on the file in a program like Adobe Photoshop, be sure to discard any extra channels.
  • At final print size, images should be 200 to 300 dpi for small to medium sized prints up to 11×14. Images can be as low as 100 dpi for larger display prints. Much of this is dependent on your personal preference and viewing distance, Lower resolutions will make the pixelization more obvious, but you will not notice it from a distance and some people do not mind seeing the jaggies on an image so long as they get the print.

Use the following table as a guide:

Max Print Size
4 x 6"
5 x 7"
8 x 10"
11 x 14"
16 x 20"

Minimum MP
2 megapixels
3 megapixels
5 megapixels
6 megapixels
8+ megapixels

1600 x 1200
2048 x 1536
2560 x 1920
2816 x 2112
3264 x 2468

Cropping & Aspect Ratio

Prints are weird. Cameras typically shoot at a 2×3 aspect ratio. So 4×6 or 8×12. Not the standard 8×10. How odd is that? This means we would have to crop your image. We crop from the center which means equal parts would be cut off from whichever side is hanging over.

If you have any questions about file setup, please contact RCDImaging technical support at (502) 526-0410 or use Google.