Choosing an image to print has a few rules if you want to get the best quality picture on your cake topper.
Most people see a picture on the Internet they like and save it to upload for their cake topper, this poses problems due to many varied things that may have been done to the picture for use on the Internet and doesn’t end up a good choice for printing. You may have seen this before where you save a picture from a web page and then print it out on your home printer and it isn’t as sharp as it appeared on the screen, this is due to images on the internet being compressed so that they load quickly and still look good on the screen. These images were not intended to be printed or at least not in a good quality.
DPI stands for dots per inch and the easiest way to explain it is to think of a photo in a newspaper, they are usually made up of dots that you can see if you look close, the higher the DPI the closer together the dots are making the image appear to be sharper. You don’t normally see dots in a photograph but they are there just very fine, most photo’s are printed at 300DPI or greater.
DPI and the Internet
When images are compressed they have the DPI reduced which makes the overall size of the file smaller to suit web page loading times, while still suitable to view on screen the results when printing one of these images is obvious in the print out. You don’t want this happening with your cake topper.
Images for printing a Cake Topper
To help prevent the use of poor quality images the customizer tool has a warning feature that indicates if the file is unsuitable when enlarged to the desired area. This occurs when using a picture you have chosen and uploaded from your computer that is usually small in size and/or low DPI. To check the size of an image and it’s DPI before uploading you need to right click on the image file and choose Properties. You will then see the following screen..
Click the Details tab as shown then you will see the image information, Look for the Horizontal and Vertical Resolution and the DPI will be shown next to it. In the picture above the DPI is 96.
As said before the ideal DPI for a photograph is 300 DPI and so the closest you can get an image to this resolution the better chance you have of using it at full size, especially if you are going to create a topper for A3 printing.
If your image is not at a suitable size then we will notify you and offer assistance.
Photo’s from Digital Cameras are 300 DPI and very suitable and usually photo’s from phone cameras are quite ok too.
I hope this information has been useful and if you are having any difficulties please contact me as I am only too happy to help out.
Regards: Brett Warner