can print posters at 300 PPI (pixels per inch) AND UP, but allows as little as 150 PPI to be printed (used to allow 100 PPI!). Our aim is to provide high-quality poster artwork that allows even colossal 78" x 52" posters (currently 60" x 40" seems to be the biggest allowed) to print at the same quality you'd expect in a 4" x 6" print.
Quality in, quality out:
Zazzle’s technology is top drawer—don’t waste it on 150 PPI posters. Our images are up to 525 MP (megapixels) BIG. Unlike everyone else, we tell you the resolution of the images
—you decide what size and level of print quality you want. For some images 150 PPI may be considered, although 240-360 PPI is best.
Standard poster sizes are supported:
We’d love to get 10% on any of the custom frames Zazzle makes, but by carefully formatting our posters to fit standard frame sizes, we think that you’ll be so deliriously happy with all the money you’ll save that you’ll buy more and bigger posters.
We don’t upsize:
Example: A seller offers a 24” x 36” poster which suggests the original artwork was at least 150 PPI, or 3600x5400 pixels. The original photo, however, is from NASA and is 400x600 pixels. What gives? The seller “upsized” the photo using graphic software to be 3600x5400 pixels. The poster can then be offered for sale as a “Huge” poster at a huge price (profit), with an effective PPI of 17. On screen, of course, the image still looks okay, so caveat emptor.
Really BIG is really better.
Small posters are nice, COLOSSAL posters are way MORE. If you think you can imagine how much more impressive a Colossal poster is at 300+ PPI, you probably can’t. If a mere Colossal poster is not big enough for you, print our composite fractal images totaling up to 4.74 gigapixels and wallpaper any wall up to 19.5 x 13 feet in size while still maintaining 300+ PPI hi-res quality.
Zazzle will allow me to print one of your images at a Colossal size and yet you recommend printing it at only 12x12 inches. What’s the story? Answer: Resolution (PPI) is one consideration, the overall sharpness and quality of the original image is also critical. We factor in image quality (you can’t tell by the screen image) into our recommendations.
Before buying a poster or art print, checkout the customization options Zazzle allows. Create the overall print size to fit whatever frame or space you have, then fit the image to it. You can reduce the image size and leave a mat border around it. This allows odd image sizes to fit a standard frame size. You can add a border or print only part of the original. You can even overlay the image with your own pictures or add text.
The image above, on the left, is Renoir's The Two Sisters
from our Fine Art collection. It is 121 megapixels big and will print 33" x 41" at 300 PPI. If you wanted it to fit a common 27" x 40" frame size, Zazzle will resize/crop it to fit. Just "Customize it!" then go to "Print Options" before buying. Because the image is so hi-res, you can zoom in and print just the part you like at a smaller, less expensive size. You could print just the two sisters to fit a 20" x 30" or 16" x 20" frame, or just one sister to fit an inexpensive 11" x 14" portfolio size.
Several versions of a poster may be offered to allow you to fit it into a standard frame or into one you already have. Standard aspect ratios are:
Square 1:1 frames come in: 12” x 12” (for record album covers); 20” x 20”; and 24” x 24” frames. Some stores (Michaels) carry 12" x 36" (or 11.75" x 36") frames. Other sizes you might find at an arts and crafts store (like Michaels) include 10" x 20", 11" x 17", 13" x 19", 20" x 28", 22" x 28", 24" x 30", 24" x 32", 23" x 25" and 23" x 35" frames. Recently we noticed Walmart started carrying 27" x 40" frames for $18.
Before buying, look for the “Customize it!” button on the lower right below “Add to cart,” then “Print Options” mid-upper left. Enter the dimensions for the desired frame size.
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