How Large Can I Print a Digital Image

How big you can print your digital image depends on the number of “pixels” in the image. Pixels are the “dots” of color that make up your image. The greater the number of pixels, the bigger you can print your image.

The first step is to determine the resolution of your image by looking at the pixel dimensions of your original file, or a file that has been manipulated with non-destructive editing (meaning you haven’t cropped it or changed it in any way that will affect the quality of the image.)

What is the resolution of my image?

You can find the resolution of your image by opening it in your favorite image viewer program and then finding the image properties in your program’s menu structure. Alternately, you can also find your dimensions in these ways:

  • Windows 7 – Locate the image using Windows Explorer. Click your right mouse button on the image file name, and then choose “Properties” from the menu. Go to the “Details” tab. The dimensions will be listed there.
  • MAC – Use the finder to locate your image. Click on the image name in the finder. The image and information about it will display. The last line of the file information is the image dimensions.

Print Size Chart

Once you know the pixel count of your file, you can figure out how big it can go. This chart is set up so you can quickly find the basic range of sizes your image can be printed.  Notice that as the print size doubles, the megapixels required increases geometrically.

Megapixels vs. Maximum Print Size Chart

Megapixels Pixel Resolution* Full Resolution Print Size @ 300ppi Print size @ 200ppi Largest

Print size @ 150ppi**

3 2048 x 1536 6.82″ x 5.12″ 10.24″ x 7.68″ 13.65″ x 10.24″
4 2464 x 1632 8.21″ x 5.44″ 12.32″ x 8.16″ 16.42″ x 10.88″
6 3008 x 2000 10.02″ x 6.67″ 15.04″ x 10.00″ 20.05″ x 13.34″
8 3264 x 2448 10.88″ x 8.16″ 16.32″ x 12.24″ 21.76″ x 16.32″
10 3872 x 2592 12.91″ x 8.64″ 19.36″ x 12.96″ 25.81″ x 17.28″
12 4290 x 2800 14.30″ x 9.34″ 21.45″ x 14.00″ 28.60″ x 18.67″
16 4920 x 3264 16.40″ x 10.88″ 24.60″ x 16.32″ 32.80″ x 21.76″
24 6000 x 4000 20.00” x 13.33” 30.00” x 20.00” 40.00” x 26.67”
36, Nikon D810 7360 x 4912 24.53″ x 16.37″ 36.80″ x 24.56″ 49.06″ x 32.74″
45, Nikon D850 8256 x 5504 27.52” x 18.35” 41.28” x 27.52” 55.04” x 36.69”
61, Sony A7R IV 9504 x 6336 31.68” x 21.12” 47.52” x 31.68” 63.36” x 42.24”

*Typical Resolution. Actual pixel dimensions vary from camera to camera.

**At 150ppi, printed images will have visible pixels and details will look “fuzzy” and is the largest print adviable.

The Largest Print Possible

For the purposes of this chart, under “Largest Print” I’m listing the maximum size you can print the image without seeing hard-edged pixels, or little squares, in a print made on a typical printer. Some printers do a better job than others of printing files that are pushed to their maximum print size. You might not see actual pixels, but when you view the print up close you should expect to see:

• softness (the edges and details aren’t crisp)

• artifacts (weird anomalies in the areas that should be smooth)

• choppy transitions between tones

• any flaws that the lens captured will be magnified – you might see color fringing, distortion, spots, or any number of other flaws that wouldn’t be noticeable on a small print

A Full-Resolution Print

A full-resolution print is your ideal print size using the full image-reproduction capabilities of most printers. Printing at full resolution usually means printing at 300 pixels per inch (ppi), or sometimes 240 ppi. This file configuration gives you optimal quality on most printers. This isn’t to say that your print will necessarily be perfect. If the subject is out of focus or it has bad exposure (meaning the image is too dark or too light) the print may not look good printed to this size. Full resolution prints refer to the printer’s ability to render the information accurately. Having a good image to work with is a whole different post I will do later.

Can I Make Smaller Prints than a Full-resolution Print?

For any given image, you can almost always safely print smaller than the full-resolution print. However, sometime making a very large jump down in size can make an image slightly soft due to how the printer or print software interprets all that excess information. If this is a concern it can re-size the image with appropriate image manipulation software like Photoshop.

Here at Bee Creek Photography we use the highest-quality professional cameras and lenses to capture the best image possible at the highest resolution. We work hard to ensure each and every image we have on our web site is print ready and can be printed on a variety of high-quality materials like fine art paper, canvas or metal. Find out more about our prints or contact us for more information.

Fort Worth Skyline Black & White

Fort Worth Skyline Black & White – We captured this aerial black and white panorama image at night of the Fort Worth skyline with the Seventh Street bridge as it crosses the Trinity River in downtown. This is just one of many Texas skylines with this bridges which we have and it was well lit so it was a great capture on this evening in monochromatic black and white. Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas. We have many Fort Worth skyline B W and many color images of this urban area in downtown so be sure and check them out. The city of Fort Worth is located in central north part of Texas and the county seat is Tarrant County. The latest census is that the population for Fort Worth is estimates, at around 854,113. This is commonly known as DFW as it is part of the metropolis between Dallas and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth skyline is now growing into the second-largest in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area or the DFW Metro. Texas has it share of skyline and this is another black and white beauty. The city of Fort Worth was been know in the past for it connections to the cattle drives, which is why it is refereed to sometimes as cowtown because of the past chisum trail cattle drives also Fort Worth zoo is another tourist destination. Downtown Fort Worth is now competing with it other cites in the metroplex as a more urban city. If you have a longing for the past and want to see the old Fort Worth stockyard it still has a two cattle drive of Texas longhorns down the street everyday like was done in years past.

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Aerial Pano of Fort Worth Skyline at Night B W : Prints Available

Aerial Pano of Fort Worth Skyline at Night B W – An aerial panorama capture of the Fort Worth skyline at night in black and white.. Love the city lights on the seventh street bridge which connects the University area with the downtown across the Trinity River. Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas. Ft Worth is located in central north part of Texas and the county seat is Tarrant County. The latest census is that the population for Fort Worth is estimates, at around 854,113. The city is the second-largest in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area or the DFW Metro.

Triptych split prints

We offer Triptych (3) split prints, this is an example of a Triptych print with one of our fav images of the longhorns and bluebonnets with the baby long horn in the middle.

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Longhorn and bluebonnets triptych print : Prints Available

This is what one will look like over your couch at 60″x40″ over all size. We create the Triptych print by spliting the original image into 3 panels of equal sized. In the above example each panel is 20″x40″ to make the 60″x40″ print. We can print them on Canvas or Metal and they are ready to hang on your wall out of the box. We offer sizes starting at 48″x32″ and up. Contact us for more info and pricing. Most every image in our collection can be made into a Triptych print.

Golden Glow Over Austin Skyline Pano

Golden Glow Over Austin Skyline Pano – Austin skyline with a golden glow from an aerial view looking down Lady Bird Lake at all the skyscrapers along the shoreline. This pre-sunset image captures the Austin skyline down Lady Bird Lake with this late afternoon glow with all the latest high rise buildings along the shore line like the tallest high rise the Independent to the second tallest the Austonian. This aerial image was taken near the area of the hike and bike trail, along barton creek and Lou Neff Point which captures the Lamar bridge, the pedestrian bridge, First street bridge all the way down to the Congress bridge. We like the fact that you can also see the UT tower in the photo which is a good distance away. It was a lovely golden hour capture with some nice reflections and capital curise boat and sups capture on the water. This is a two to one aerial panorama skyline over Austin taken with a professional 42 mega pixel camera with exceptional resolution. Thanks for looking!

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Golden Glow Over Austin Skyline – This pre sunset image captures the Austin skyline down Lady Bird Lake with this afternoon glow with all the latest high rise buildings along the shore line like the tallest high rise the Independent to the second tallest the Austonian. This aerial image was taken near the area of the hike and bike trail, along barton creek and Lou Neff Point which captures the lamar bridge, the pedestrian bridge, First street bridge all the way down to the congress bridge. We like the fact that you can also see the UT tower in the photo which is a good distance away. It was a lovely golden hour capture with some nice reflections and capital curise boat and sups capture on the water. This is a two to one aerial panorama skyline over Austin taken with a professional 42 mega pixel camera with exceptional resolution.

Stormy Austin Skyline Night

Stormy Austin Skyline Night – Austin Skyline Night capture from the boardwalk was a stunning site with these great refections in the lake and a little of the blue hour left to make it interesting. This Austin skyline includes the latest edition with the tallest high rise in the city the new Independent or Jingle as some call it for it unique style. We had been waiting till the light came on the tops of the Independent building to get this shot of the city. I was getting ready to pack it up from my position on the boardwalk when I could see these storm clouds pushing in to the view of the city skyline with a lot of lightning yet no wind as of yet so the buildings reflection could still be seen in Lady Bird Lake for a awesome catch which rarely happens. When it comes to Austin Lady Bird Lake there is almost always someone on the water or even ducks to mess up a perfect reflection but tonight we got lucky. In any case Austin has one of the best skyline in Texas day or night. The hike and bike trail along town lake is busy most of the time day or night.

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Stormy Austin Skyline Night : Prints Available

Stormy Austin Skyline Night – I was getting ready to pack it up when these storm clouds started to push in to the view of the city with lot of lightning yet no wind as of yet so the buildings reflection could still be seen in Lady Bird Lake for a awesome catch which is rarely something seen as there are alway someone boating or duck to mess up the reflections in the water but tonight I got lucky. You can see just as the lighting strikes it lights up a cloud behind the city.

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection Pano

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection Pano – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake in a panorama. We have been waiting till the bulk of the cranes went down in the city along with we needed the lights on our new tallest building which were not lit all the way to the top till recently so finally it ready for the photo. This is always a battle we have when a city changes so much every year. Today it work out the water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water, this is in itself a rare event. Lady Bird Lake is a very popular place so there is almost always someone out in a canoe or the rowing club to mess up the water but today we got lucky. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth. This is a 2 to 1 panorama so it will slightly taller than a regular 3 to 1 pano. Thanks for looking!

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Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection Pano : Prints Available

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection Pano – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – This is a 2 to 1 panorama so it will slightly taller than a regular pano. We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake. The water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water this is rare event now. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth.

Twilight Over Austin Skyline Pano

Twilight Over Austin Skyline Pano – Another colorful capture of the latest Austin Skyline just as twilight is approaching with just a hint of the bluehour or twilight colors right after sunset and stormy skies in the distant with these nice reflections of the skyline in the water. This is the latest skyline from the boardwalk with the building and these great reflections in the Lady Bird Lake and still with a hint of the earlier bluehour colors still in the sky and water. You can see a stormy skies in the distance with lighting on this evening in downtown Austin. This is the latest Austin Skyline for 2019 of all the new buildings along the shoreline like the new Independent, google, austonian, Marriott, Frost and many more from the boardwalk view. The boardwalk is a popular place which many locals use as it is part of the Roy Butler Hike and bike trail along town lake. This area is great for walking, running or biking along the lake in downtown. It is also one of the many locations to capture the Austin skyline from along the trails in downtown. For more images like this check out our web site at beecreekphoto.com thanks for looking.

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Twilight Over Austin Skyline Pano : Prints Available

Twilight Over Austin Skyline Pano – Another colorful capture of the Austin Skyline just as twilight is approaching with just a hint of the bluehour or twilight colors right after sunset with these nice reflections of the skyline in the water of Lady Bird Lake. This is the latest skyline from the boardwalk with the building and these great reflections in the water and still with a hint of the earlier bluehour colors still in the sky and water. You can see a stormy skies in the distance with lighting on this evening in downtown Austin. This is the latest Austin Skyline for 2019 of all the new buildings along the shoreline like the new Independent, google, austonian, Marriott, Frost and many more from the boardwalk view.

Austin Blue Hour Skyline

Austin Blue Hour Skyline – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – Another great Austin Skyline from the boardwalk with these wonderful blues, violet and purple colors left over from right after sunset. The locals also refer to this time as the blue hour or the violet crown or just plain old twilight regardless of what you call it is a lovely time of day to capture the city. These colors appear right afer sunset and just before the blue hour with all these different colors from pink, to purple to violet or lavender still hanging on from earlier. These colors only last for a short bit before they are gone so you have to be ready and today there was no wind so we were able to capture the skyline building reflections in the water which also pick up the colors in the sky this rarely happens. We have been comming back to this location to try and capture a view with the purples, pinks and violet colors and tonight we were finally able to capture it tonight. Since I have lived in austin I remember seeing many business with the name of violet crown in them. I remember a shopping center with the name along with other various business over the years. I believe this goes back a long way and is part of the wonderful sky colors that many see in the city over the years. We are aways in awe when you get a good one and tonight it work out nicely. For more images like this check out our latest Austin boardwalk skyline images at beecreekphoto.com

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Austin Blue Hour Skyline : Prints Available

Austin Blue Hour Skyline – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – Another great Austin Skyline from the Boardwalk with these wonderful blues, violet and purple colors left over from right after sunset. The locals also refer to this time as the blue hour or the violet crown or just plain old twilight regardless of what you call it is a lovely time of day. These colors appear right afer sunset and just before the blue hour with all these different colors from pink, to purple to violet or lavender still hanging on from earlier. These colors only last for a short bit before they are gone so you have to be ready and today there was no wind so we were able to capture the skyline building reflections in the water which also pick up the colors in the sky this rarely happens. We have been comming back to this location to try and capture a view with the purples, pinks and violet colors and tonight we were finally able to capture it. Since I have lived in austin I remember seeing many business with the name of violet crown in them. I remember a shopping center with the name along with other various business over the years. I believe this goes back a long way and is part of wonderful sky colors that many see in the city over the years. We are aways in awe when you get a good one and tonight it work out nicely. beecreekphoto.com

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake. The water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water this is rare event now. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth before the sup and canoes take to the water. The Butler hike and bike trail is one of the most popular places in Austin and it attracts locals and tourist to the area on a daily basis year round.

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Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection : Prints Available

Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake. The water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water this is rare event now. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth.

Austin Skyline Boardwalk Night Pano 19

Austin Skyline Boardwalk Night Pano 19 – This is the latest Austin skyline from the boardwalk location with all the latest buildings for 2019 in view. This austin skyline slightly after sunset after dark and you can still see a little pink color in the clouds. This image contains all the latest high rise buildings of 2019, including the Independent or Jingle building which for now is the tallest in the city, plus our second tallest the Austonian, along with the new Fairmont Hotel and many others. Austin is a fast growing city with all of it sky-scrapers built in the last ten year so it is has a modern cityscape in downtown and is constantly changing for good or bad. Much of the growth of the city growth has been the large number of high tech companies which have move here to the city in the last five year or so. Austin is also the state capital and it is home to a major school the University of Texas. The city contines to draw tourist and people wanting to vist or live in this lively modern city with it well know night life being the music capital of the world and it great life style. However with that said I must mention the draw back from the increase traffic which can be a complete night mare at time.

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Twilight Austin Skyline Boardwalk Pano 19 : Prints Available

Twilight Austin Skyline Boardwalk Pano 19 – This is the latest Austin skyline from the boardwalk location with all the latest buildings for 2019 in view after dark. This austin skyline taken slightly after sunset you can still see a little pink color in the clouds left from earlier in this nightime capture. This image contains all the latest high rise buildings of 2019, including the Independent or Jingle building which for now is the tallest in the city, plus our second tallest the Austonian. along with the new Fairmont Hotel and many others. Austin is a fast growing city with all of it sky-scrapers built in the last ten year so it is has a modern cityscape in downtown and is constantly changing for good or bad. Much of the growth of the city growth has been the large number of high tech companies which have move here to the city in the last five year or so. Austin is also the state capital and it is home to a major school the University of Texas. The city contines to draw tourist and people wanting to vist or live in this lively modern city with it well know night life being the music capital of the world and it great life style. However with that said I must mention the draw back from the increase traffic which can be a complete night mare at time.