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Online printing allows you to make large format prints of your photos more easily and cheaply than ever before. However, you need to plan and possibly edit your photos to get the best possible results in your banner or poster printing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are taking photos for large format printing.

For online banner or poster printing, you will need a digital photo. If you taking a picture with a digital camera, ensure that you are using the largest picture size and highest quality setting that the camera offers. Many digital cameras have an option for high resolution. The higher the resolution, the clearer the image will appear after banner printing. Generally, a resolution between 240 and 360 dpi is recommended. If you can choose the exact resolution setting, 300 dpi is best, resulting in images free of both blur and graininess. If possible, set the photo file format to TIFF, also known as RAW. It is the best file type for large format printing.

If you are using an already printed photo from either a standard or digital camera, then you need to create a digital file of the image. To do this, scan the image. Set the scan resolution to 300 dpi or more if you can. If you are using an existing digital photo for your poster or banner printing, check the resolution of the image in your photo editing program. If it is not an optimal resolution, you should be able to change the dpi to 300 through the “image size” or similar option.

Finally, you need to choose a paper size for your online printing. Many poster and banner sizes are considered large format, from 8.5 by 14 inches to much larger. You can set your photo to the correct size using an image layout program such as Adobe InDesign, or you can have the online printing company resize it for you. Depending on the program, cropping the image may or may not be required. After the photo is resized, it should be saved in a high quality image format such as TIFF. JPEG and other compressed file formats are not desirable for large format printing, as the compression results in loss of image details and clarity.

If you follow these tips, you should end up with a high-quality image for your online banner or poster printing! And don’t forget to visit http://www.4over4.com to check our low prices for all your company printing needs like catalog printing and to experience our ultrafast turnaround times.

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