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Recommended Photo Resolution
Recommended Resolution for Photo Center Prints and Products
How Cropping Affects Resolution
Resolution - Overview

Digital pictures are made up of tiny colored dots, called pixels. The more dots in the picture, the higher the resolution; the higher the resolution, the larger you can print the picture before it starts getting dull and blurry.

The maximum resolution of a digital camera is usually measured in millions of pixels, called megapixels (MP).

Please note: The maximum resolution of your camera may not be the same as the resolution of the pictures you are taking. Most cameras can be set to take pictures at lower resolutions, which would allow you to fit more pictures on a memory card. For example, a 5-MP camera may be set to take 1-MP pictures.

If the resolution of a picture in your cart is too low for a given print size or product, we will mark the print size with the marker. You can still print this photo, but it will not look as good as if you used a higher resolution photo.

Please note: Pictures copied from websites, even photo websites, are often low-resolution images that are optimized to load fast in browsers and look good on-screen, but they often will not look good when printed.

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Recommended Resolution for Photo Center Prints and Products

The table below lists the minimum recommended image resolutions. Resolution is listed in megapixels (MP).

We always check the resolution of every photo during checkout. If we think the photo isn't large enough to produce a quality image, we'll let you know. You can still print these pictures, but the picture quality may not be up to your standards or expectations.

4 x 6 540x360 pixels
5 x 7 546x390 pixels
8 x 10 960x768 pixels
Wallets 546x390 pixels
Walmart 8x10 wallet set 1050x750 pixels
Poster: 11x14 980x770 pixels
Poster: 12x18 1260x840 pixels
Poster: 16x20 1400x1120 pixels
Poster: 20x30 2100x1400 pixels
Collage Posters
Poster Collage 11 x 14 3000x2000 pixels
Poster Collage 12 x 18 3000x2000 pixels
8x20 Locker Poster Collage 1800x720 pixels
Poster Collage 16 x 20 3000x2000 pixels
Poster Collage 20 x 30 3000x2000 pixels
Photo Mug 15oz 1000x750 pixels
Photo Mug 11 oz 742x349 pixels
4 x 8 Greeting Card 1024x768 pixels
5 x 7 Greeting Card 1200x900 pixels
5x7 Postcard 1200x900 pixels
5 x 6 640x480 pixels
4.25x6 Postcard 900x638 pixels
2x6 Photo Banner 1800x1440 pixels
2x8 Photo Banner 1800x1440 pixels
4x6 Flipbook 540x360 pixels
5x7 Flipbook 546x390 pixels
8x11 Linen Cover Photo Book Cover: 1639x1233 pixels
Pages: 1280x1024 pixels
5x7 Paper Cover Photo Book 1280x1024 pixel
2x3 Mini Photo Book 580x435 pixel
Photo Gifts
Photo Mug 15oz 858x400 pixels
Photo Mug 11 oz 742x349 pixels
Notepad 370x370 pixels
Wave Bracelet with 1 Charm 68x68 pixels
Fleece Blanket 2418x2028 pixels
Collegiate Fleece Blanket 1930x1260 pixels
Military Fleece Blanket 2203x1800 pixels
Stickers (20) 525x525 pixels
3x4 Magnet Set-3 magnets 640x480 pixels
4x6 Magnet Set- 3 magnets 640x480 pixels
Round Glass Ornament, Set of 3 150x150 pixels
All other items 900 x 600 pixels

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How Cropping Affects Resolution

Cropping a photo allows you to trim the sides of the picture to add emphasis to the subject of the photo, or to change the height-width ratio to better fit on a photo product.

For example, if the original picture shows a person standing in front of a background you don't like, you can crop all four sides so the photo only shows a close up of the persons face.

Whenever you crop a photo, you decrease its resolution by reducing the number of pixels in the photo. Although the cropped photo may be a better picture, it may not produce good results when printed at larger sizes or put onto a t-shirt or other item.

Whenever you crop a photo with Walmart Digital Photo Center's "Fix & Enhance" tool, we'll let you know if you've cropped so far that your image is no longer suitable for the print size or gift you have selected.

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