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Size does matter

When dealing with digital images there is a misconception around what would produce a good quality image for print, and what won’t. If you look at an image on your screen and it looks good, it doesn’t mean it will print well.  If you are able to enlarge the image by zooming in to the size you want to print it and it looks good, then it will be good to print.
Uncompressed image
Compressed image
  We have all seen poor quality images on social media platforms, where the image tends to break-up when enlarging, this is generally because these images have been compressed to reduce the size. Why you might ask, well a compressed image is much smaller than an uncompressed image and will load faster on the app you are using. These images or any compressed image for that matter, are NO GOOD for print. The worst is, when you have a bad, compressed or small image it is impossible to enhance the quality to make it good for print. How do you know when you have a good quality image for print? Ensure that the file size is larger than 1Mb.  If you can see the dimensions be sure they are at least 3500px X 2450px View EXIF Data on Windows In Windows 7/8/10, things are a little better when it comes to viewing Exif data without any third-party tools. I have to say Microsoft does a pretty good job of allowing users to see quite a bit of metadata for a picture in Windows Explorer. If you simply right-click on the photo, go to Properties and then click on the Details tab, you get a whole lot of into about your photo:Windows   View EXIF Data on Mac In OS X, you can technically right-click on an image and choose Get Info to see some metadata about a picture:  
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