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3 Ways to Tell if Your Image is High Res

2 Ways to tell if your image is high res.

Today we're going to discuss 3 ways to tell if your image is high res. Image resolution is quite possibly one of the most important factors in digital artwork and photography. If you're working with low-resolution imagery, it can doom your design. But with these simple methods, you can ensure that your image is big enough for your application.

What Not to Do

First of all, let's go over a few preliminary steps you can take to avoid those low res images to start with. These will ensure that your imagery starts off on the right track.

Don't pull images from social media.
3 Ways to tell if your image is high res.

I know, we have all of these images floating around Facebook and it's just so convenient to save images from the photos section of your profile. But Facebook compresses all images when you upload them. So that awesome photo you snapped that's now on Facebook may still look great on a screen, but chances are it won't look good when printed.

Don't pull images from text messages.
3 Ways to tell if your image is high res.

Texting is an amazing and quick way to communicate. It seems especially handy for sharing images. But texting programs compress images to save on time and data. It's one of the things that keeps texting so quick. So if you're requesting an image from someone else avoid having them text it. Opt for emailing it instead. Better yet, check out Smash file share service. It has no size limits and makes sharing files and imagery easy. You can also try Google Drive if you have a google account.

Don't pull images from google image searches.
3 Ways to tell if your image is high res.

This is a  bad idea for a variety of reasons. For starters, image sizes on the internet vary. You just don't know what you're getting. True, you can turn on the image size option and only search for large images, but that's not going to help. A lot of imagery is legally protected and you're not allowed to use it for your designs without written permission from the photographer or company that holds the rights to that image. Fortunately, there are websites out there that provide free to use imagery. Pexels is one of my favorites. It has a huge library of images to choose from and if you're feeling generous, even allows you to donate to the photographer who took the photo.

If you're looking for artwork as opposed to photography, check out FreePik. Although, you have to be a bit careful here. Some of the artwork requires you to credit the source. If you're just looking for inspiration, you won't find a better place.

3 Ways to Tell if Your Image is High Res

Alright, so your image is awesome and you followed the advice above. So you're almost positive that your image is amazing in every way. Let's give it a closer inspection to ensure that it will look just as good printed as it does on your screen.

1. Zoom in.

The first option is to literally give your image a closer inspection. Open your image up in your operating system and zoom in on it. How close can you get before the image starts to look pixilated? If you zoom in a little bit and your image is already starting to look distorted, you might want to try a different image.

To zoom into an image on a Mac, you can open the image and press CMD and + on your keyboard. To zoom out, you can press CMD and - on your keyboard or press CMD and 0 to return to the default size of your image.

To zoom in on an image on a PC, it's the same process but using CTRL instead of CMD.

2. Check the resolution using your OS.

Both Macs and PC's have dialogue boxes that will allow you to see the actual resolution of your image. The higher the numbers, the better the resolution your image is and the better it will print.

On a Mac, if you right click on an image icon a menu will pop up. Click 'Get Info.' In the More information section of the info window that pops up should be the dimensions of the image.

On a PC right click on the image and then select 'Properties.' A window will appear with the image's details. Go to the 'Details' tab to see the image's dimensions and resolution.

3. Use an image analysis tool on the internet.

The internet can pretty much solve all of our problems. There's a great website called Pictorem that will give you detailed information regarding your image quality and what sizes it recommends to print. It's an awesome resource and pretty much takes the guesswork out of the entire process.


There are many different ways to check the resolution of your file. I hope this resource has helped. As always, if you still have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our customer service department. Our design professionals would be happy to analyze your imagery.

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