The sizes available for purchase from your Imagekind gallery are completely dependent
on the size of the file that you upload. Here is how to find how large your files
really are, and how we figure what size prints we can make.
A pixel is the smallest piece of any digital image file. The "pixel dimensions"
of your image are the vertical and horizontal measurements of your image expressed
in pixels. We use pixel dimensions to determine the largest possible printing sizes
because it is the actual, finite size of your image.
We will never change the aspect ratio of your image (the ratio between height and
width) or arbitrarily crop your images. We fit your images into size "containers,"
which is described below. Digital cameras, 35mm cameras, and scanners all capture
information at different ratios, so you may find that some of the actual available
sizes vary slightly. For example, a small piece may be available at 6.8 x 10 instead
of 8x10, due to its individual proportions.
DPI versus PPI – Image Resolution
Don't confuse DPI with PPI! These two terms are often used interchangeably, although
they refer to different things.
DPI (Dots per Inch) refers to how many drops of ink per square
inch are used on paper to print an image. Imagekind prints our fine art giclees
at 1440 DPI, which is one reason why they look so great. DPI has nothing to do with
PPI (Pixels per Inch) refers to the number of pieces of information
that are present in one inch of your image file at the selected print size. Otherwise
known as output resolution, optimum results for our printing process require anywhere
from 150 PPI to 300 PPI although we are still able to get good results all the way
down to 100 PPI. This is our baseline output resolution and as such our system will
not allow the purchase at any size that would result in a print using less than
Imagekind Print Container Sizes
Max Size in Inches
Min Pixel Dimensions
Some sizes unavailable for purchase?
After you upload your images, you may see some sizes are not available for purchase.
If you do not see a size available, then our system has determined that your file
is not large enough to render a good quality print at that size. We do not recommend
manually increasing the pixel dimensions of your images or "up-sampling," to have
more sizes for sale. Up-sampling will artificially add information or pixels where
they do not currently exist. It is a practice that can lead to serious image degradation
or pixilation despite an apparent large image size.
While up-sampling may fool our safeguards, the resulting print may be very disappointing.
We cannot guarantee the final print quality of any image exhibiting these characteristics.
As a service to you, we will contact you before printing an upsized image to see
if you have a different file for us to use, and we will give you time to re-photograph
or scan if necessary.
Derived from the words "Picture" and "Element," a pixel is the smallest element
of your image file. All digital images are made of millions of pixels. When you
zoom into an image you can see individual squares of color; these are pixels—the
building blocks of your images!
TIPS & TRICKS
Know Your Pixel Dimensions
Windows: open the folder of images, and right clicking on the bar
with "Name," "Size," "Type." You should be able to choose to view the pixel dimensions
Mac: if you are viewing the file in Finder, the pixel dimensions
should show up in the files summary.
Photoshop: Choose "Image" and then "Image Size."
How Big will this Print?
To calculate the output resolution of your image, you just need to do some simple
math. Determine your output resolution by dividing the pixel dimensions by your
desired print size (in inches). Example: Your image is 2400x3600 pixels and you
would like to print it at 16"x24". Your calculation would be 2400÷16=150. Your output
resolution would be 150PPI, and would result in a great print from us!
How Can I Make Larger Prints?
Maximize Your Profits
In order to provide shoppers with a large selection of print sizes, upload the biggest,
highest quality file that you have available!