How to Turn Photo Prints Into Art

Pick the Right Picture

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First things first. You have to pick the right picture for your art. Not every photo is usable from a technical perspective. The most important thing is finding a high-quality photo with great resolution. Whether your photo was taken with a phone or a digital camera. You should aim for different specifications depending on the size you want for your print. 

SizeMinimum ResolutionBest Option
4 x 6 Inches600 x 9001200 x 1800
5 x 7 Inches750 x 10501500 x 2100
8 x 10 Inches1200 x 15002400 x 3000
16 x 20 Inches1440 x 21604000 x 6000
20 x 24 Inches1800 x 21605000 x 6000

If the photo you want to use is on your phone. You can check the size, dimensions, and resolution by swiping up on the image in Android or opening the image in the iOS Files application for Apple.

Many phones today are capable of taking photos up to 16 megapixels. So transforming a photo from your phone into wall art shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re using a device from the early aughts.

One quick tip to help you figure out if the image is usable is transferring it to an editing app and enlarging it to fit a much larger canvas.

If your image starts to blur and fuzz, it probably won’t produce a good photo print in anything larger than standard letter sizing.