If your photo is printed as blurry, it is probably because the original photo was blurry. The blur isn’t always easy to see, but you can do so by zooming in. If the image becomes extremely blurry, it is probably a blurry photo.
Unfortunately, with blurry photos, there is little you, or we, can do to correct the image. The best option is to replace the photo with another photo with higher resolution and DPI.
To ensure the best result, we recommend that your photos have 300 DPI for print size. Photos with a range of 150 to 300 DPI will most often print with good quality, while photos with less than 150 DPI or much more than 300 DPI will be poor quality prints. Always make sure to select the highest resolution versions of a photo you have.
TIP: If you don’t know where to find the resolution and DPI of a photo, here’s how to do it:
- iOS Mac users: Right-click the image or tap Control & Click. Next, select Get Info from the context menu. You will then see a small pop-up window containing all the information about the image.
- iOS mobile devices: Long press on the photo to bring up the action menu and choose Info from the menu list. You will then open the detailed information about the selected image file, including file format, size, dimensions, camera, device, DPI, etc.
- PC with Windows users: Right-click the image, left-click Properties, and then left-click Details. There you will see all the information about the image.
- Android phone users: On the desired image, click on the 3 vertical dots representing options, then choose details
Note that apps like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Instagram and Facebook compress all your photos, so the photo may look good on your screen, but it won’t always print well.
If a friend sent you the photo, please ask that friend to send you the file via email, Google Photos, or Dropbox as these services do not compress files.
Also make sure that all subjects are well lit in your photo. Natural light is the best option, but otherwise, make sure the image brightness is high.
Watch for movement in the photo, especially with babies, as movement captured in a photo will appear as a blur which is not always detectable in resolution.
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