300dpi compared to 72dpi

What is Print Resolution & Why Does it Matter?

300dpi: What is it, and why does it matter?

Have you ever zoomed into your monitor so close that images no longer look crisp, but rather a close-up of a Monet painting? When you really zoomed in, the images lose their visibility and turn into little dots of color. Those dots are called pixels. The more dots (or pixels) you have, the better the image will look when printed. This is also what we refer to when we say “dpi” or “dots per inch”.


A high-resolution file will have a higher number of dots, which is required for printing. 300dpi (dots per inch) is the resolution we recommend for print files. Files submitted to print that have a resolution lower than 300dpi will likely result in a lesser quality or blurred print product.  We often receive files that are 72dpi which is the required resolution for digital outputs such as computer screens. These low-resolution files will appear clear on screen but will print quite blurry. See the example below of two business card files. The left image printed at 300dpi and the right image printed at 72dpi.

Print resolution comparison

If you receive a resolution warning when uploading your files please send your files to info@printsocial.com. One of our file processors will be able to check the files and let you know if higher resolution images need to be provided.

Jen Johnson

Jen is the Brand Manager at Printsocial. She's responsible for our brand development and strategy as well as executing marketing campaigns. She's an avid fan of the Carolina Panthers, craft beer, yoga, and good design.