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05-18-2020, 01:44 PM

I am pretty new to printing and was hoping to do some larger prints of some of my landscape photographer using a printer offering fine art giclee printing.

Most of the photos I'm looking at printing are around 5749 pixels wide at 239 dpi in if I do nothing to resize them, which is about 2ft wide. My question is in regards to how much larger a picture of this size should be able to be printed while still being high quality enough to hang on the wall as fine art. Then of course there is the method of up sizing, at this point in 2020 would you say Photoshop is up to the task? Or should I be looking at a specific software or plugin?

My hope was to be able to print as large as 6ft wide, but I would prefer to find out if scaling up times 3 is too much prior to spending the money on the print.

If anyone has a recommended printing service I am open to suggestions as well, I have tentatively picked one, but wasn't thrilled with their ability to give me any guidance on this question.

Thank you!

05-18-2020, 04:55 PM
Hi npdynamite. Welcome to the forum

Personally I cant help you much, but Marko (the administrator of this forum) released a podcast on this topic a while ago. Although the information is a few years old, it is equally valid now. (although upsizing software should have improved in that time??)

Here is a link to the podcast episode How Big Can I print that Photo - Interview with Royce Howland | Photography.ca (http://www.photography.ca/blog/2013/09/22/how-big-can-i-print-that-photo/)

Royce Howland who is interviewed by Marko in the podcast can be found here https://roycehowlandprintstudio.com/

05-18-2020, 08:21 PM
Hi: Welcome to the forum. In addition to RM's good suggestion, there is a detailed explanation at https://pagemaster.ca/photo-resolution-sizes-for-printing/ In that link they mention another site I use Printing > Pixels, PPI, & Print Size Calculators (http://www.photokaboom.com/photography/learn/printing/1_calculators.htm#Pixels) to get a rough idea of the size you can print. At the top of the link page there is a tutorial about resampling (applies to Photoshop Elements but can also apply to recent Photoshop editions or other software) which may help you as well. Generally I would say you can't do what you are hoping to do, because 1. it would be expensive and 2. your camera isn't high enough resolution. My guess is you can reach a high enough resolution if you were to stitch several images together. Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.

05-18-2020, 11:29 PM
Thanks for the responses! a lot of good information there