Before you think about printing your photos, consider where you’re going to display them. If your prints are gifts for your friends, take into consideration where they’re going to put your prints. Are they going to be large poster-like prints on the wall or framed for your mantelpiece or shelf? Should they be landscape or portrait layouts?
If you’re planning on mixing different sizes, cut out templates from colored paper and stick them to the wall to get a picture of how you would arrange them. Consider the viewing distance to your printed image.
For example, a large poster on the wall can be slightly pixelated when you walk up close to it, but since everyone looks at posters at some distance, they won’t see the pixelation. On the other hand, you want to make sure your photo is resized correctly for a family portrait and has the right resolution to be viewed up close.
To get your photos printed, start by getting the resolution and format right. Too few pixels and your printer compensates for missing pixels by making part of them up to fill your photo page. If your PPI is too high, your printer shrinks the image and distorts it.
Don’t enlarge your photo beyond its original size, as you’re going to lose out on resolution and quality. When resizing your image, make sure you’re saving your file as a png instead of a jpg to maintain pixel integrity.
How to Choose the Right Frames for Your Images
If you want to avoid the struggle of finding a frame that fits your printed photo, consider choosing a frame that fits your interior design before you send your photos for print. This way you can make sure you get the size of your image right.
Some frames have a two to three-inch border around the photo or matting that keeps your print off the glass, prevents strange surface effects and condensation damage, and makes your print look more professional. If you’re planning to go for a larger print, think about whether you want small or large matting around your photo.