Pixelated or blurry photos are definitely big letdowns when you see your printed yearbook. If your photos look blurry on your high resolution PDF, it might be for one of the following reasons.
In this article:
- Quality of your uploaded images
- Your file type
- Images imported from Facebook
- When a filter is applied on your image
- Low resolution PDF proof
Quality of your uploaded images
(How to check for photo resolution)
01. Make sure your camera is set on the highest resolution available
If you think that using a lower resolution will allow you to take more photos, yes, that's definitely right. However this is definitely a bad idea if you want your images to be printed. Your low quality photos will look pixelated and there's nothing you can do to save them.
GOOD TO KNOW: a resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) gives you the maximum size that you can use for your photo for printing. If you want to use a photo as a background, make sure your photo is at least 21x29.7cm at 300DPI (or B5 in the UK and US Letter in the US). If your photos are all at 75 DPI, you should try to calculate their real size at 300 DPI before using them.
- A 800x600 px photo taken at 75 DPI will give you a 2.67x2 inches (=6,78x5.08 cm) printable image at 300 DPI. Which is OK for profile photos for example.
- A 5184x3546 px photo taken at 75 DPI will give you a 17.28x11.82 inches (=49.89x30.02 cm) printable image at 300 DPI. Which could be used for a all spread.
02. Checking a photo resolution on a PC
To check a photo's resolution on a Windows PC, select the file you want to use. Right-click on the image and then select "Properties."
A window will appear with the image's details. Go to the "Details" tab to see the image's dimensions and resolution.
03. Checking resolution on a Mac
Checking a photo's resolution on a Mac is similar to a PC. Select the image you want to use and "Right-click" on it. Click on "Get Info"
The image information window will open. You can find the image dimension and resolution under the "More Info" tab.
In other words, keep your images large when photographing.
TIP: Avoid resizing or enlarging your image as this often results to quality loss.
The file types you can use in Fusion
Your design’s resolution might be affected by the file format you use. Make sure the images you are uploading are one of these formats:
- JPG is useful for storing photographs at small file sizes.
- PNG is a good choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a small file size.
If you're using something else, we can't guarantee a perfect result.
Images imported from Facebook
If you use Facebook, you’ve probably uploaded a picture at some point. While it's quick and powerful, it also uses some pretty ruthless compression that makes your pictures look blurry.
Don't get me wrong, you can still use your Facebook photos on your yearbook pages. We only recommend you to avoid using them as full page backgrounds. If you stretch any poor quality image, the quality will suffer even more.
When a filter is applied on your image
Your design may sometimes appear blurry when a filter is applied to an image in your design. To check if it’s the filter that’s causing the blurry download, try removing the filter and see if the image becomes clearer without it.
Low resolution PDF proof
By using our system, you can generate and download two types of PDFs: Low Resolution and High Resolution. You generate the Low Resolution PDF by turning on the Preview mode and can be done anytime.
More often than not, some people think that the Low Resolution PDF is the final look of the yearbook. However, Low Resolution PDFs are NOT a reflection of your yearbook at printed quality.
It is made for proofing purposes and are downloaded for:
- To look through the overall content/design
- Provides a smaller file size to download
- To inspect the overall placement of images, text, colours
You are also given UNLIMITED chances to generate the Low Resolution PDF so you can do proofing as often as needed.
Your Low Resolution PDF may look low-quality in the following ways:
- Blurry photos
- Blurry/banded backgrounds
- Obvious jpg artefacts
- Slight colour discrepancies
This is due to the file compression that occurs when your book is compiled for proofing. This is done to save on bandwidth and download times since, usually, people do not require the full yearbook print quality for their initial checking.
If you'd like to see the actual PDF quality, you would have to generate a high resolution PDF under the Order page.