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Printable Guide No.10: File Size and Quality

Here’s our tenth printable guide to producing technically correct artwork:

No.10: File Sizes and Quality

Web, email, print, resolution, dpi and other matters.

We often receive images of bad quality or low resolution—usually taken from the web—and are asked to print them at photographic quality.  This article should help to clarify why this isn’t always possible and how to ensure that you get a sharp printed image.

Just click on the link below to open the PDF in your web browser, or right-click on it and Save As…

Remember, the guidelines in these PDFs are based on ideal scenarios and may not be followed in the PDFs themselves.  For example, the colours may be in RGB and the images at screen resolution to keep the size down for the sake of your download speed.  Do what we say, not what we do, as it were.  Please don’t think us hypocritical!