Quality Photo Guide
How big does my photo need to be?
Computers 'think' in terms of pixels to define the resolution of an image. We refer to these as DPI, or "dots per inch." Part of our process requires that we enlarge your image to the size of the puzzle you've selected. To do this while maintaining acceptable clarity, the image needs to be a high enough resolution before we enlarge it.
A rule of thumb is that the bigger the original image, the better the resulting puzzle. To display the image on your computer screen, we only need 72dpi. For printing, we have better results with at least 150dpi, preferably 300 dpi.
What does a 'file size' mean?
A file size is the number of pixels in your image. For some guidelines, you can use the following chart:
What data formats can be used?
We accept JPEGS, GIFS or PNGS. We do not accept CMYK files.
What resolution is required?
We have a 5-star rating system that will allow you to see the quality of your photo. If your photo receives a one or two star rating, your picture will most likely turn out blurry and you will not be happy.
5 stars= excellent quality
4 stars=great quality
3 stars=average quality
2 stars=moderate quality. Your photo will turn out blurry. Please select a larger file size.
1 star=poor quality. Your puzzle will turn out blurry. Please select a larger file size.
For more specific details about our 5-star rating system, please click here.