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What photo size do I need to print on a poster?

 

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Printing out a poster that looks great takes a large enough resolution image with enough dots per inch (dpi) to make it look good. What you basically need is a high-resolution photo, or vector, so that your poster won’t print turn out like a pixellated 8-bit character from a 1980s video game.

So where exactly is the sweet spot resolution for printing a poster? At least 300dpi, or by using a vector file. And where can you get the best deal on vectors and high-resolution stock photos? With a Stock Photo Secrets 99club subscription.

For $99 you get 200 XXL images that allows you to confidently print a poster all the way up to at A3 size at 300dpi, or up to 6’ x 6’ at 72dpi, and includes royalty free stock photos, vectors, and fonts. Read the Stock Photo Secrets’ 99club Review here. 

Here’s what’s included with a 99club subscription:

  • Access to over 4,000,000 premium stock images
  • Includes High Res Photos, Vectors & Fonts (no Videos)
  • 200 XXL downloads each year
  • Royalty Free License
  • Use your images FOREVER
  • Subscription is only $99 with NO additional fees!
  • NEW: Auto-renew: secure the low price deal for as long as the offer exists

Learn more about the 99club subscription here.

Special Poster Printing Considerations

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Standard marketing pieces like brochures, business cards, stationery, and flyers require a fairly standard photo size, which doesn’t really require any special considerations when printing. However, as you get into larger formats like posters, you have to have a high enough resolution to be able to print a big poster.

There are 3 common poster sizes, which include an A2 (42.0 x 59.4cm), an A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm), and an A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm) poster size. All these poster sizes are quite easily met when using vector file from 99club, and you can print up to A3 size with 300dpi without worrying.

If you’re unfamiliar with what a vector is, it’s essentially a series of mathematical expressions or paths which are not pixels, so instead is an array of pixels of various colors that can be blown up to huge proportions like billboard size. Using Vector Magic to Create Vector Images

The special considerations you need to meet for printing a poster is having a high-resolution image of at least 300dpi or by using a vector image.

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See what kind of vectors you can buy with a 99club subscription.

Knowing Your Sizes and Pixels

When planning for a large format such as a poster you need to know what the size you’ll need. Having 200 to 300 pixels per inch is a general rule of thumb for print. For a 20″x30″ poster, that would put your starting size at 4000 x 6000 pixels, or about 24 megapixels. However, for this size and larger, you could still achieve sharp results by going with 150 pixels per inch (ppi) or even 100 ppi. This will give you some leeway, but you do not want to go any less than 2000 x 3000 pixels. Purchasing the largest size will always guarantee a nice sharp image for your project.

If the image(s) you find for your project are smaller than the minimum size of 2000 x 3000 pixels, you could consider purchasing several large images to make up the size of the poster. By using several photos on your project, you could design a collage or grid pattern of images on your poster. This may also help to convey your message in a very engaging way.

Where Can I Find Large Enough Images For My Poster?

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You are in luck. Most of the stock photo agencies sell very large images at great prices, and Stock Photo Secrets 99club subscription, in particular, gives you access to high-resolution stock photos and vectors that will allow you to easily print posters and billboards.

Skip trying to figure out how to take your own large format photo and leave it to the photographers that have already done this for you. By utilizing stock agencies such as Stock Photo Secrets you can feel confident with your purchase of large files. The royalty free images you purchase can stretch a long way for all mediums of your project. Along with your poster, the image can be used in all of your subsequent formats in your campaign.

99club Price Breakdown

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Our 99club subscription is incredibly cheap and gives you access to every single stock image available on the Stock Photo Secrets Shop. For an easier look at how much 99club is going to save you, in the long run, check out our price breakdown below.

  • For $99 USD you get 200 XXL stock photos, vectors and fonts (Cost per image is $0.49)
  • if you happen to download more than 200 you can buy additional image packs of 50 for $49 ($0.98 per image); or 100 for $69. ($0.69 per image
  • You can buy as many additional image packs as you’d like
  • You can renew your 99club membership after one year at the same price ($99)
  • Stock Photo Secrets current members and new ones can both purchase a 99club membership

Why You Need Stock Photos To Print Posters

Knowing how to print posters or something as large as a billboard, can seem quite daunting to anybody really, especially if you don’t know much about printing and resolution in the first place. But all that guesswork can be taken away by simply using high-resolution stock images from a stock photo agency.

How can I get a higher resolution of an image?

In order to make sure your print will turn out beautifully, you can put your faith into a stock photo agency that has XXL large images. You can easily print posters out and as big as a billboard with a 99club subscription that will give you 200 XXL (from A3 size at 300dpi, up to 6’ x 6’ at 72dpi) stock photos, vectors, and fonts that you can use to make your posters look great.

Running the risk of an image being too small for your print needs will not only cost your money, it will take up a lot of time in figuring out how to get the right size. But stock photo agency’s like Stock Photo Secrets allows you to download all our images in largest, XXL size for every image download you make.

Click here to buy a 99club subscription, and get 200 XXL images for only $99! 

 

About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.