Printing Instagram photos

Are you able to print poster size prints from cell phone photos and Instagram?
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  • Derek (Official Rep) May 23, 2018 15:27
    Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for your post, and great question...especially now that cell phones can shoot fairly high resolution photos.

    Unfortunately the answer isn't a simple one, as it just depends... That said, here's the info you'll need to find your answer:

    First, to print a high quality photo, the image should typically be at least 200 dots per inch (dpi) at whatever size you want to print it.

    Next, you need to find out the resolution of the photo. It will be in pixels...maybe something like 2000px x 3000px. If you then divide each side by 200 (from above), you'll end up with the biggest size you should print (in inches) without a noticeable loss in image quality. For example, if you divide each side of 2000px x 3000px, you get 10" x 15".

    Now, you *could* make a print larger than 10" x 15" from a 2000px x 3000px image, but the quality of the print would not be as good. One other thing to keep in mind is that really big prints (say 20" x 30") are not usually viewed super close up, so some loss in quality might be OK. The only way to really tell is to make a big test print.

    As for the last part of the answer, please see this Instagram page where they talk about what size they store the images at: https://help.instagram.com/1631821640.... I'm not sure how you might be saving those photos from Instagram (or whether that article is current), but just note that if you're doing a screenshot, the resolution probably be very different than the original image resolution; screenshot resolutions depend on whatever device is doing the screenshot.

    Last, sorry you had to read a mini-novel to get your answer, but hope the information was helpful.

    Thanks again and kind regards,
    Derek
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