What size image file should I upload
The short answer would be to upload the largest file size that comes from the camera. Uploading this file would mean theimagefile system has the largest file possible to work with for printing, download sales, or client delivery. This is always the best result. The smallest file you can upload will vary depending on what is happening to the files after they have been uploaded.
Some, but not all, of the variables to consider are:
- Is your upload going into the stock library?
All images in the stock library need to be high resolution files. The customer is buying a download of the file. The larger the file the more sales options will be available.
- Always upload without a watermark
If you upload files without a watermark the file can be used for print sales, download sales and stock sales (depending on your selected options) and your displayed thumbnails are watermarked during the upload process.
- If offering downloads for sale, what is the largest size you wish to offer?
The file that is downloaded from the system is the exact same file that was originally uploaded. Theimagefile system does not compress or change the original file integrity at all during upload, storage or download.
- Which lab will print orders?
Different printers have different printing resolutions .
- Are the files you have uploaded going to be used by the lab?
If the print lab is going to download and print the orders from the file sizes uploaded you will need to upload the printable file sizes, however if you are printing or managing the print orders yourself, you can upload smaller files.
- What is the largest print size being offered for purchase?
All lab fulfilment price plan display the minimum file size required to fulfil an order. Uploading smaller files than the required file size will automatically drop the product from the options available to the customer when viewing the products available. For best results and most sales options upload the recommended file size required by the lab printing your orders as a minimum size. When saving your lab fulfilled price plan we display the file size required to include all selected products in the price plan:
If you view your files as a visitor the edit helper box will highlight if sale items have been skipped:
You can search for images in byte size order by clicking the search images button in My Images, and selecting "shorter pixel dimension (smallest first)" from the drop down search filters list.
Please note that the minimum file size is not a suitable file size for many print sizes and products; it is the absolute minimum. It is your responsibility to ensure that the files you uploaded are of a sufficient size and quality for the products and print sizes you offer.
Always test your set up...
If the quality of the print or download is not high enough you can change two variables to give the quality you need. One is the number of pixels in the file - so a larger file, the other is the compression ratio used when saving the jpg file. When you have settled on the file pixel dimensions and the compression ratio you are happy with - you should upload all images to the same specification.