How to Get the Best Possible Photos
THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN GIVE YOU FOR ENSURING YOUR HONOREE’S BANNER IS THE BEST IT CAN BE – TAKE THE TIME TO ENSURE THAT YOU SUBMIT A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE THAT CAN BE PROPERLY ENLARGED TO BANNER SIZE.
When uploading images for production, the higher the resolution (expressed as dots-per-inch or dpi), the better the end results will be. Images that are taken from social media or the internet are typically low resolution and are not meant to be used for high-quality, large format printing.
For smaller photos, increase the resolution to 600-1200 dpi. For yearbook size photos, 2400 dpi is recommended.
Higher resolution is always your friend when it come to banner printing.
Smart Phone. Be as close as possible to the Veteran you would like to have on the banner. Once you take the photo, review it and make certain that you are happy with what is shown. Once this is complete, send the original file from the camera. The original file should be multiple MB’s which should allow us to increase the printing size for us.
Scanner. Don’t just accept the default on your scanner, if possible. To reduce file size, make sure to scan only the photo area. Most scanning software allow you to select only the photo area. Also, you can save file size by scanning black and white photos in grayscale mode. Similar to the smart phone, no need to scan any additional white area outside of the photo as this will increase file size unnecessarily. Most scanners allow for selection of the desired scan area. Let our skilled staff crop the image for you. Often we need additional image area to ensure it properly fills in the photo section on the banner.
We do our best to make each image sent the best possible. Our goal is always to make your photo look better on the banner than how it was received. There is an option to have photos enhanced that can be discussed.
We can accept just about any format. However, we recommend high resolution jpgs. When saving photos after scanning, Ensure that the save setting for the format you select is set for the maximum resolution / print quality available. Most scanners have a default of low resolution / small file size for these formats so verify settings before saving image and make certain it is set at the higher settings.
NOTE: A low-resolution “save” setting will wipe out a high-resolution scan. Vice-versa, a high-resolution “save” setting will do very little to enhance a low-resolution image, so both are crucial to ensure the best end result when enlarged to banner size.
Take the time to name the file with the honoree’s name. File names such as “Dad’s photo” or scan numbers should be avoided to ensure easier attachment of your photo to your order.
If you need assistance, please contact us.