Upload Photo & Tips

What is Photo Resolution?

Photo Resolution refers to the number of dots per inch (dpi), or the amount of detail the image has.
Most documents prepared for upload should be 300 dpi at 100% of the final print size.
Higher resolution means a more detailed image, and also larger file and longer upload time.

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) are the colors used in the printing process, whereas RGB (Red, Green and Blue) are the colors used by screen displays such as your monitor. Please note that JPEG files are almost always in RGB.
Your document should be created in CMYK mode so that the colors that you see on the screen most closely match the final printed product.
If you create your document in RGB, the colors in your printed product may vary slightly.

File Formats for uploaded designs
We accept digital photos only. JPEG files are the most standard file types and satisfy most digital requirements.
If you have hardcopy photos, you can scan them at Walmart and send to us.


Digital Imaging
You may create printed products on our web site using digitized images from a variety of sources. Your designs, photos and images can come from a digital camera, scanner, or the Web.
Any image you plan to use must be saved at approximately 300-dpi at 100% output size for the very best printing results.
It¡¯s helpful to know that shrinking an image on a product will increase its resolution.

For example, an image captured at 600 x 900 pixels has 150-dpi at 4¡± x 6¡±. Howver, it can be printed at 300-dpi by reducing
its dimensions on the product to 2¡± x 3¡±.

Image from a Digital Camera
If you wish to use images from a digital camera, before you snap pictures make sure the camera is set at a high enough resolution to result in 300 DPI at the intended photo print size. Most cameras have various settings for resolutions.
The highest resolution for your camera depends on how many megapixels it has. You cannot increase the resolution of a photo after it is taken, except by reducing its printed dimensions (after you upload the image).
Be careful when cropping a photo after it is taken. Cropping will reduce the number of pixels in the final image.

Image from a Scanner
Like a digital camera, a scanner must be preset to the proper resolution before image capture. Many scanners default to 150-dpi (or spi). Set your scanner¡¯s resolution so that it results in 300-dpi at the image¡¯s final print size.
If your resulting scanned image is smaller than the recommended size or has less dpi than you need, you should either rescan your original at a higher resolution, or use the image for a smaller printed area.