# What resolution for poster size prints ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Alfred Molon, Oct 15, 2003.

1. ### Alfred MolonGuest

Alfred Molon, Oct 15, 2003

2. ### Darrell LaroseGuest

depends on the viewing distance, and how the poster is being reproduced.
Photos are are about 200 dpi. Using that standard 200 dpi x 96"= 19,200x 200
dpi x 36= 7,200 so to look like a photo up close it would need to be
19,200x7,200= 138,240,000 so that looks like a bigass file.

"Alfred Molon" <> wrote in message
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> What dpi are customary in the publishing world for a 3 x 8 feet poster
> print ? Obviously not the 300 dpi used for books - perhaps 100 dpi ?
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Darrell Larose, Oct 15, 2003

3. ### PiZzazAGuest

Should multiply that by 3 as each pixel is made up by three bytes.

"Darrell Larose" <> wrote in message
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> depends on the viewing distance, and how the poster is being reproduced.
> Photos are are about 200 dpi. Using that standard 200 dpi x 96"= 19,200x

200
> dpi x 36= 7,200 so to look like a photo up close it would need to be
> 19,200x7,200= 138,240,000 so that looks like a bigass file.
>
> "Alfred Molon" <> wrote in message
> news:...
> > What dpi are customary in the publishing world for a 3 x 8 feet poster
> > print ? Obviously not the 300 dpi used for books - perhaps 100 dpi ?
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> > Alfred Molon
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> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Olympus4040_5050/
> > Olympus 4040 resource - http://www.molon.de/4040.html
> > Olympus 5050 resource - http://www.molon.de/5050.html

>
>

PiZzazA, Oct 15, 2003
4. ### Alfred MolonGuest

In article <7fgjb.342314\$Lnr1.227460
@news01.bloor.is.net.cable.rogers.com>, says...
> depends on the viewing distance, and how the poster is being reproduced.
> Photos are are about 200 dpi. Using that standard 200 dpi x 96"= 19,200x 200
> dpi x 36= 7,200 so to look like a photo up close it would need to be
> 19,200x7,200= 138,240,000 so that looks like a bigass file.

You mean a 3 x 8 feet poster is usually printed at 200 dpi ? We are
talking about a huge 0.9 meter x 2.4 meter thing, which probably is
viewed at a few meters distance.
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Alfred Molon, Oct 15, 2003
5. ### Savidge4Guest

I print 3x8 foot posters with some regularity. I have a HP 5000 60" plotter.
Generally speaking the 200 DPI mark that was already suggested is pretty much
on target. but you can get away with less dpi depending on the viewing
distance. If you happen to be placing the print in a room that is only 12 x 12
you can not get the required viewing distance and will obviosly need to
increase the DPI of the image to get a "good" looking print.

there are some tricks to getting a good quality print of that size. generally
speaking the company that will be doing the print will have a high end RIP that
can do very sofisticated up scalling so will not need a 7200 x 19200 image.
more than likely you can deliver a 1800 x 4800 image at 200 dpi and allow them
to do the upscaling and get good to great results. I would suggest contacting
the company you will be using to do the print to get the required specs for an
image.

hope that helps!

Savidge4, Oct 15, 2003
6. ### CrownfieldGuest

Darrell Larose wrote:
>
> depends on the viewing distance, and how the poster is being reproduced.
> Photos are are about 200 dpi. Using that standard 200 dpi x 96"= 19,200x 200
> dpi x 36= 7,200 so to look like a photo up close it would need to be
> 19,200x7,200= 138,240,000 so that looks like a bigass file.

or try 50-75 dpi.

>
> "Alfred Molon" <> wrote in message
> news:...
> > What dpi are customary in the publishing world for a 3 x 8 feet poster
> > print ? Obviously not the 300 dpi used for books - perhaps 100 dpi ?
> > --
> >
> > Alfred Molon
> > ------------------------------
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Olympus4040_5050/
> > Olympus 4040 resource - http://www.molon.de/4040.html
> > Olympus 5050 resource - http://www.molon.de/5050.html

Crownfield, Oct 15, 2003
7. ### Ken BurnsGuest

Ken Burns, Oct 16, 2003
8. ### Don StaufferGuest

Unless you are using a very expensive professional digital studio
camera, you will be hard pressed for pixels. Use all you have. Image
should have as high a resolution as you can get. It is not really dpi
you are worried about- it is total pixels. Dpi will be automatically
defaulted to size of print and number of total pixels you have.

Alfred Molon wrote:
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> What dpi are customary in the publishing world for a 3 x 8 feet poster
> print ? Obviously not the 300 dpi used for books - perhaps 100 dpi ?
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> Olympus 4040 resource - http://www.molon.de/4040.html
> Olympus 5050 resource - http://www.molon.de/5050.html

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Don Stauffer, Oct 16, 2003
9. ### Ed RufGuest

On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 08:53:00 -0500, in rec.photo.digital Don Stauffer
<> wrote:

>Unless you are using a very expensive professional digital studio
>camera, you will be hard pressed for pixels.

Do not forget one can easily stitch together multiple images to create
a hi-res original for such purposes.
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10. ### Alfred MolonGuest

In article <>,
nospam* says...
> On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 08:53:00 -0500, in rec.photo.digital Don Stauffer
> <> wrote:
>
> >Unless you are using a very expensive professional digital studio
> >camera, you will be hard pressed for pixels.

>
> Do not forget one can easily stitch together multiple images to create
> a hi-res original for such purposes.

Exactly. I have some panos with over 20 MP, made by stiching together
individual 5 MP images.
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Alfred Molon, Oct 16, 2003