Are there resolution requirements for printing through SmugMug?

Updated: Mar 25, 2014 03:23PM PDT

The printers

Print quality

SmugMug prints through different labs. Fortunately for our customers, the recommended workflow is the same: Add your full-resolution images to SmugMug. The number of pixels they have when they come out of the camera should be the number of pixels they have when you add them to SmugMug. We'll send the full-resolution photos to our print labs. They'll optimize the image for specific printer and make sure the quality is top-notch.

Wondering about dpi? Don't. It won't matter at all for display on SmugMug or printing.

If I want all the pixels, how do I speed up uploads?

If you find that adding photos to SmugMug is prohibitively slow, consider compressing your image files. It sounds tricky but it's pretty simple and can really get things moving without compromising print quality. See #3 on our speed help page for details. Note that this still does not change the pixel count of your images. It simply makes your files smaller.

I'm a high-volume pro, is there anything else I can do?

If you're uploading hundreds or thousands of images a week, it might be necessary to speed up uploading even further. In addition to compressing your images (see above), you can reduce the pixel count to further shrink your file size. However, this will reduce the quality of your images so we highly recommend coupling this with our proof-delay feature. You can compress your images and resize to 2200 pixels on the longest side. That will be a high enough pixel count to sell any of our print sizes. The crucial last step is proofing each order before it goes to the lab. At that point you'll want to replace the images ordered with your full-resolution images that are less compressed. More tips.

 

Minimum requirements

 

To help customers, SmugMug's shopping cart only shows a print size if the original image meets our minimum resolution requirements for that size. Keep in mind that these are minimums. Please read "Recommended settings", below.​​
 
Size Pixels Size Pixels Size Pixels Size Pixels
3.5 x 5 438 x 625 9 x 12 825 x 1100 14 x 14 1024 x 1024 30 x 30 1920 x 1920
wallets 240 x 320 10 x 10 925 x 925 14 x 20 1024 x 1280 30 x 40 1650 x 2200
4 x 5 460 x 575 10 x 13 925 x 1100 14 x 22 1024 x 1400 30 x 45 1650 x 2476
4 x 5.3 460 x 610 10 x 14 768 x 1024 14 x 30 1152 x 1920 30 x 50 1650 x 2750
4 x 6 470 x 705 10 x 15 768 x 1024 15 x 20 1024 x 1280 30 x 60 1650 x 3300
4 x 8 470 x 940 10 x 16 768 x 1152 15 x 27 1024 x 1920 30 x 90 1650 x 4950
4 x 10 470 x 940 10 x 18 935 x 1152 15 x 30 1024 x 1920 30 x 120 1650 x 6600
5 x 5 575 x 575 10 x 20 768 x 1280 16 x 16 1152 x 1152 36 x 36 2160 x 2160
5 x 6.7 575 x 770 10 x 25 768 x 1600 16 x 20 1024 x 1280 40 x 40 2200 x 2200
5 x 7 575 x 805 10 x 28 768 x 1800 16 x 24 1024 x 1536 40 x 50 2200 x 2750
5 x 10 575 x 935 10 x 30 768 x 1920 16 x 40 1024 x 2200 40 x 60 2200 x 3300
5 x 15 575 x 1024 10 x 40 925 x 2200 16 x 48 1024 x 3072 40 x 70 2200 x 3850
5 x 20 575 x 1280 11 x 14 768 x 1024 16 x 64 1024 x 3520 40 x 80 2200 x 4400
5 x 30 575 x 1536 11 x 16 768 x 1152 18 x 24 1100 x 1536 40 x 90 2200 x 4950
6 x 6 705 x 705 11 x 28 768 x 1800 20 x 20 1280 x 1280 43 x 96 2365 x 5280
6 x 18 705 x 1152 11 x 30 768 x 1920 20 x 24 1280 x 1536    
6 x 24 705 x 1536 11 x 33 768 x 2100 20 x 30 1280 x 1920    
7 x 10 700 x 935 12 x 12 1024 x 1024 20 x 36 1280 x 2160    
8 x 8 750 x 750 12 x 16 768 x 1152 20 x 40 1280 x 2200    
8.5 x 11 775 x 1000 12 x 18 768 x 1152 20 x 50 1280 x 2750    
8 x 10 750 x 935 12 x 20 1024 x 1280 20 x 60 1280 x 3300    
8 x 10.6 750 x 990 12 x 24 1024 x 1536 20 x 80 1280 x 4400    
8 x 12 750 x 1125 12 x 30 1024 x 1920 22 x 55 1406 x 3300    
8 x 16 750 x 1152 12 x 36 1024 x 2160 24 x 24 1536 x 1536    
8 x 20 750 x 1280 12 x 48 1024 x 2640 24 x 30 1536 x 1920    
8 x 24 750 x 1536 13 x 19 1100 x 1280 24 x 36 1440 x 2160    
8 x 32 750 x 2000     24 x 60 1440 x 3600    
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Tip: Making photo cards? Requirements vary by design, so check this gallery if you're not sure. Similarly, resolution requirements for photo gifts can be found in our catalog.

Recommended settings

Suppose your photo is 2000x3000 pixels and you expect your admirers to order anywhere from 6" prints to 40" prints. What should you do?

Our recommendation is to leave it alone. EZ Prints will upsample/downsample as needed and they can do it better than all but the most serious experts.

We can feel your worry and doubt:  "But...a 30-inch print is only 100 dots per inch..."  We routinely show the following print at 80 dpi, 24x30 inches to passionate and fussy photographers. Their only comment about quality is "stunning":


resolution
 

We have only seen two prints in a million returned for too few pixels, and they were 400x600 pixel images from cheap consumer cameras, printed at 8x10. Here are the reasons prints are returned.











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