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Cell Phone Picture Printing....

Posted by Fred Grothe on Thursday, September 3, 2015 Under: Photo Printing
This post will be informative for anyone wanting to get pictures printed from a cell phone or facebook.

1. Android Vs Iphone
There is a great difference in the quality and production of photos from each style of phone.
First, let me discuss android. I am personally a samsung user and of the android phones I have found them to be some of the best phones available for picture taking. Of the android phones probably the worst for photos would be the blackberry. Of course this is all my own opinion from experience as a printer.
Second, the Iphone. The iphone is the bane of a printer's existence! The are not completely compatible with most windows based PC's and I'll talk about that in another time, and they don't take a standard photo most of the time. They are very compatible with instagram and facebook and will allow you to upload very easily to those sites, but for printing there are many difficulties.

2. How to accommodate quality printed photos from a smartphone
Ok, so here are my suggestions and tips for sending and receiving those precious photos you want from your own phone or from friends and family as well as facebook. I'll deal with instagram separately.
  • Always send and receive photos at "Original or Actual size". Most phones will ask you what size to send a photo "small", "medium", "large", or "Actual" size.  Always email your photos actual size if there is any intention of a print in sight. This will ensure that you can resize your photo to almost any size possible as most newer smartphones take a photo of about 45x35 inches.
  • NEVER send a photo as a text if you wish it to be printed as a quality print. Sending photos over text automatically resizes the images to a small enough size for easy quick transfer.
  • FACEBOOK photos are normally not good enough to resize for printing as facebook automatically resizes them for online viewing and speed. However, there is a checkbox in small print when you upload photos that allows you to save them at original size. This will ensure that anyone who downloads that photo will have the same resolution that you had in the original.
3. Instagram
With all iphone's and now with android you can use instagram, which is a neat little pictorial social media site. However, instagram was not created with print in mind. If you haven't noticed all instagram photos are SQUARE! This is very important to note when going to get photos printed. YOU CANNOT MAKE A SQUARE PHOTO A RECTANGLE! I can resize the photo and crop a large amount of the photo out to make a rectangular shape, but you will lose a nice bit of the photo! Whenever possible I don't print instagram photos for two reasons: 1. They are square and 2. they are resized for social media and not really big enough to give a quality print.

4. Resolution
This will be a quick and simplistic lesson in resolution.  As a printer resolution means DPI or dots per inch. The best resolution is anything equal to or greater than 300 DPI. Most machines can print a good quality photo from an original size photo that hasn't been edited at 72 DPI, however, editing usually degrades a photo unless you really know what you are doing.  So, for resizing and printing here are a couple real life examples:
  • Original size photo sent in from a 6MP (megapixel) or higher phone. Customer asked for 18x24 canvas print. Original size is approx 45x35 inches at 72 dpi. When I resize it down to 18x24 the dpi increases as the photo gets smaller to over 400 dpi, and the finished print is absolutely perfect and beautiful. By sizing the photo down the resolution is compressed and the image clarity stays as it was originally intended.
  • Iphone / Facebook photo sent in and customer wanted an 8x10. When I import the image it comes in at about 2.5 x 3.5 inches or there about. The resolution is 72 DPI again.  This time I have to enlarge the photo and as we are already starting at the lowest resolution I have to manually change the resolution to a higher point before the enlargement process begins. As the enlargement begins I immediately begin to lose quality and the image begins to show pixelizations. With good software we can minimize this to some degree, but to the discerning eye most can tell that the photo isn't at its best. I don't usually print photos like this, unless they aren't for anything important.
  • My latest one came in this week. Customer wanted 16x20 and sent in the photo, which had a resolution of 300 dpi and this is great, however, when I imported the photo it was only 2.3x3.2 inches in size. After enlarging it 400% it was only 9x12, which brought the resolution down to 100 dpi and was starting to show signs of degradation. So, we finally found the original size and everything turned out good.
So in summary my point here today is to always have an original image if you want the perfect print. If you would like some editing done, don't do it yourself unless you absolutely know what you are doing, we can do that for you here, and that will ensure the resolution stays the same during print.

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