Image Quality for Print

Photographs used on websites do not need to be super high resolution. However, that is not the case with images used on print pieces. As a general rule of thumb, files sized around 1 MB or higher and have image dimensions around 1000 pixels or higher will work for print uses sized 11×17 or smaller. See below for a list of file sizes that can and cannot be used on print pieces.

Image Ratio

3 MB*

5700 x 3800 pixels | 300 dpi | Can be used for print

700 KB*

1900 x 1267 pixels | 72 dpi | Can be used for print

650 KB*

1500 x 1000 pixels | 72 dpi | May be used for print; review at the final print size to see if it is pixelated

40 KB*

200 x 150 pixels | 72 dpi | Cannot be used for print

*Approximate File Size


Shoot photos at the highest possible quality. You can, however, save image resolution down, but you can not save it up without losing quality.

PC Computer
  1. Select a file by clicking it once
  2. Right-click and choose Properties.
  3. You will see the file size in the general tab area.
  4. Navigate to the Details tab
  5. You will see the image dimension in pixels and the image resolution listed as dpi.
MAC Computer
  1. Select a file by clicking it once
  2. Press Command+J or pull down the View menu and choose “Show View Options.”
  3. Select the checkbox next to “Show Item Info.”
  4. The dimensions will show underneath the image icon.

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Posted: November 8, 2021

Category: UF/IFAS Graphics
Tags: Image Ratio, Image Size, Photo Resolution

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