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Adrian Yeo

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:17 am

Istock help please

Morning all

I have to produce a graphic that is around 3m X 0.6m in size. Never had to deal with graphics this size before and just need a bit of advice.

I am looking on Istock for a suitable landscape background but not too sure on what size I need to purchase. Looking at an image that is 4813 X 1021 pix. Would that be sufficient?

If not, can some kind soul please give me a guide on what I should be looking for.

Had a quick search on the boards but all I found seemed as clear as mud :oops:

Many thanks

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:26 am

Adi it's not my bag but I think you need the DPI as well as the Pix values.

I may be wrong but if you create an image using Pixels as the dimension you still have to specify what DPI at that dimension.
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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:31 am

Tim

Istock listing it as 16" X 3.4" at 300 dpi 5.03 MB, seems quite small. :-?

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:36 am

Adie if you stretch that to the size you need I get about 40 dpi.

Hopefully others that do large prints can give you advice, but to me that image seems way too small at it's original size.

Sorry i can't help more.


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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:46 am

Adrian,

Because I guess on the whole the Istock ones are very good quality, I have been surprised how well they will print at a larger scale. Sometimes I stick it through photozoom as well.

Before now I would have definately taken a chance - the only trouble now is that Istock have greatly increased their prices (seems every time I look they increase price or reduce picture size) that I guess you are looking at about £15 for that image - a costly mistake sometimes.

Guess if you go for their largest one what more can you do?

Suppose if you bought image you could also just do a small section to scale to prevent wasting ink/vinyl if no good - you have only lost the image price then.

On balance, would still go for it.

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:49 am

it does depend on how you are using the background and from where it will be viewed
50 dpi can still give acceptable results, do a little experiment, get hold of an image that is about 300 dpi, at say A4 resample it to 250,200,150 dpi etc, down to 15 dpi, print the results at 720x720 dpi side by side and then put it on your wall to see what I mean, you will be quite suprised at the results

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:55 am

Cheers guys.

The image is going in the panel recess on a LWB Tranny. Its going to have a couple of dogs heads and a cut vinyl logo set in the middle.

Its really there to stop it looking like a couple of photo cut outs plonked on the panels, but at the same time did not want it to look horrendously pixelated.

Peter, I will give that a go.

Many thanks again guys

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