What is the best resolution for printing?

How to print a panoramaThe best printable resolution is 300 dots per inch.

Extremely low resolution will look “blocky” or pixelated. Imagine only 4 dots per inch: you would see four colored squares instead of a picture. When there are many pixels, your mind blends the tiny blocks together to form an image.

At 300 dots per inch, the best resolution for a 4×6 print, then, is 1200 x 1800. This dotphoto FAQ provides optimal resolution for popular prints and poster sizes.

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Author: dotphoto

Glenn Paul is President and Co-Founder of dotPhoto, which began life in 2000 as a photo printing service and now also distributes user-generated media in Flash, video and on cell phones.

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