What does the photo warning for low resolution/DPI mean?

You might see a warning for photo resolution next to a page as you flip through the designer, or on the "design" tab while editing a page (or cover) with a photo. 


These warnings means that the photo resolution is too low for a space of that size. To avoid your photos looking pixelated in print, resize the photo to take up less space on the page or choose a higher resolution photo.

Full page photos (such as on the cover or section divider page) will need higher resolution to fill such a large space without looking pixelated. However, if you want the image to take up a smaller area of the page, the resolution does not need to be as high. Below are some examples of photo resolution at the minimum standard of 100 dpi (dots per inch):

  • Full page photo = 800 x 1000 px
  • Half page photo = 700 x 450 px
  • Quarter page photo = 300 x 300 px

(these are only examples. images with higher resolution are always better)


Tips for making sure you are happy with the photo quality:

Many people have varying degrees of standards when it comes to print quality. We recommend 300 dpi for all our images, but in reality, many customers have been very satisfied with images printed at much lower dpi. 

  1. Once your print ready files have been created, you can print out the photos on a home printer to get an idea of how the images will look in the final printing of the book. 
  2. If you don't feel comfortable with the results, see if there is a way to get the highest quality version of the image possible. Keep in mind that you cannot increase the quality of a photo. You will need a higher resolution version. 
  3. Upload the highest quality version of the photo - by uploading the original file from the camera or re-scanning the images at 300 dpi. 
  4. Unfortunately, many photos online have been optimized for the site they're on and will likely produce poor results when published, because screens require lower resolution than print. That's why we have a stock photo library built right into the designer. When you're editing a page with a picture, go to the "picture" tab and click on "search more" to find the image you want from a collection of millions of free and paid premium images. You can learn more about stock photos here.
  5. If you are using photos from your Facebook account, you can actually access your Facebook photos directly from the designer. Simply choose the Facebook icon under the 'picture' tab on a recipe page and follow the instructions. For more information, click here





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    Cherie Graves

    Will you still print photos if it still has DPI warning on it. i'm having a lot of trouble correcting this problem

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    Yes, it is just a warning.

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    Ruth Assouline-Baliesh

    if it says poor resolution and i see the yellow triangle will the pictures really look bad...these are the pictures i like in my cook book...now i dont know what to do