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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPhotography · 9 years ago

What megapixel is good for a photo to canvas print?

Looking for the exact megapixel..


5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It depends entirely on the print size.

    Matte canvas prints are typically printed at 100dpi. That means that you need roughly 10,000 pixels (.01 megapixels) per square inch of the print.

    Therefore, to get a 10X10 inch print (100 insq) you would need a 1 megapixel image.

    For a 20X20 inch print (400 insq) you would need at least 4 megapixels.

    If you print on a glossy canvas, you can expect to print at 150 dpi, which translates to roughly .03 megapixels per square inch.

  • 9 years ago

    When setting a photo up for print I usually start at 300dpi - but that's really if you're putting your picture on the side of a bus. Otherwise go for something like 150dpi. As for megapixel, it doesn't really matter. This is something people always get hung up on. Megapixel doesn't do anything - it's the size of the sensor which determines whether you have a clear photograph or not.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I think perhaps that you don't have a full understanding about what raw is. The pixel dimensions will be the same regardless of whether or not it is raw or large/fine jpeg. The only difference is that a jpeg out of the camera is post-processed within the camera. A jpeg from your raw image is the product of your post-processing. No printer will print from a raw. You must convert it to a jpeg or, in some cases, a tiff. Having said that, if your image is technically good -- that means good focus and exposure -- the good news is that you can blow it up to any size you like. The reason for this is that large prints are viewed from greater distances. Human visual acuity becomes the deciding factor. While it is true that if you walk up to your billboard-sized print it will look soft, nobody will view it that closely.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    most canvas places will actually print at 150 dpi, not 300. You need to size your picture how you want it and make sure that you are at least 150 dpi. Do not make your picture much bigger than your sensors full size capacity at 150 dpi. If this doesn't make sense to you, post the pixel dimensions of your image and I can tell you what what the max size is for canvas.

  • B K
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    It depends on the size of the canvas.

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