Maple Leaf Image Requirements for Recipes Resolution is the measurement of how many dots or pixels fit into one inch. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image will be. Maple Leaf recommends a minimum resolution of 300 dpi/ppi (dots per inch/pixels per inch) for crisp, clear results. Lower resolution images will appear fuzzy, jagged and blurry. When providing images for orders, it’s always best to scan the image as that helps with color accuracy, quality control and helps reduce or eliminate shadows. We can accept high resolution photographs of an image (such as a recipe) but ask our customers to follow these guidelines: Please take the photo in a well-lit area. Please make sure the image is clear and not blurry Please take the photo from directly above the image. Photos at an angle cause problems. Please try to not have any shadows across the image as this also causes problems. Resolution rules: Images should be at least 300 dpi/ppi. Images which include text should be 400 dpi/ppi. Resolution and image size are inversely proportional to each other. This means if you enlarge an image, the resolution decreases; reduce an image, the resolution increases. An example would be a 2 x 2” image at 300 dpi (acceptable) enlarged to 4 x 4” has a new resolution of 150 dpi (unacceptable). Low resolution images print fuzzy, jagged and blurry. The settings used during the original “capture” of an image (i.e. scanning, digital camera, etc) determine its base resolution. Resolution can only be improved by decreasing the image size or by recapturing the image at a higher quality setting. Computer monitors generally have a display setting of 72 or 96 dpi. This means that images with low resolution might look fine on your monitor but will print out blurry or jagged. It’s important to check the dpi/ppi of your image before sending. This can be done by right-clicking on the image and choosing properties then clicking on the details page. This will tell you the dpi of your image as well as its dimensions. An example would be: i. Dimensions 4032 x 3024 ii. Width 4032 pixels iii. Height 3024 pixels iv. Horizontal resolution 300 dpi v. Vertical resolution 300 dpi Things to avoid: Web images are normally low resolution (72-96 dpi/ppi) GIF or JPEG files. This resolution is good for quick transmission over the internet but is not acceptable for use in printing. Please do not save images or graphics from a website to use in your order. Upsampling is when a low resolution image is saved to a higher resolution with no change in dimensions. Upsampling adds more pixels/dots per inch but creates blurry images, ugly blocks of color, and high contrast in images. The only way resolution can be improved is by either decreasing the image size or by recapturing the image at a higher quality setting. Resolution of scanned images: If you are scanning an image with no text, scan at 300 dpi/ppi. If you are scanning an image with text, scan at 400 dpi/ppi. Try to save images as lossless TIF or EPS files to preserve color and sharpness. How to get images with good resolution from your digital camera: If you have not yet taken the digital image, adjust your camera to a high quality setting. We recommend a minimum of 3 megapixels. This is an image size of 2048x1536. If possible, save your image as a lossless TIF or EPS file. As mentioned above, when taking a photo of the image you want to use, please take it in a well-lit room, make sure the camera is steady so the image doesn’t come out blurry, try to take the photo from directly above the image and try to reduce or eliminate any shadows on the image.