SIZE MATTERS. Last week I wrote about JPEG quality levels. The look of your prints or on screen images is also determined by the number of pixels your image contains. More pixels means more detail but also larger file size. Large files take longer to upload and download. They require more space on the servers of your email provider, photo sharing and social network sites so those places typically place limits on image size. Using large images in Power Point, Word and other documents also greatly increases the size of the finished document. High quality files are also more likely to be used without your permission.
So what size should you make your JPEGs? There is no right size, it depends on the intended use of the image.
Printing images has different requirements. Printers provide acceptable images when printing an image sized to at least 240 pixels per inch. 300 pixels per inch is ideal for many printers, Epson can take advantage of 360 pixels per inch. So if you wanted to print an 10 X 8 photo at best quality (300 PPI) multiply the print size by 300 to determine the ideal image size in pixels. 10 X 300 = 3000 and 8 X 300 = 2400 giving you 3000 X 2400 for an 10" X 8" print. In some cases this might mean that you are actually enlarging your image.
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