The picture on your plaque can only be as clear as the image provided to us
RESOLUTION IS KEY! To put it in very basic terms, resolution is the quality of the image. As the resolution goes up, the image becomes clearer – sharper, more defined, and more detailed. This is because there is more information in the same small space. Your computer, laptop, or Smartphone all have image resolutions. The more dots you jam into the width and height of the screen, the higher the resolution; the fewer dots, the lower the resolution.
Resolution is the measurement of how many dots/pixels fit into one inch. The higher resolution, the sharper the image will be. The Nixon Company recommends a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) for crisp, clear results. Lower resolution images will appear fuzzy, jagged and blurry.
Almost as important is the actual size of the image. If you provide us with a 300 dpi image that is sized at 1” x 3”, the outcome will again be jagged and blurry. This is because once we resize the image larger to fit the plaque, the resolution diminishes.
Also, we advise - DO NOT CROP YOUR PHOTOS. Please allow us to do the cropping. You can suggest how you would like it cropped, but leave the actual cropping to us. We sometimes need that flexibility to best fit the photo to the plaque style.
DO NOT RESIZE YOUR PHOTOS - it is the one mistake that can totally destroy resolution! If you ever find the need to crop an image or make it smaller, never ever resize it back UP to the original size! Doing so will kill the quality of the image and you’ll be left with nothing but a blurry mess. Remember that if you go down in size, it is irreversible. You can’t go back up. This is why we always recommend you keep a backup of the original photo when editing. Better yet, just send us the original, untouched photo image and let us do the work.
Finally, the best method of sending your images is via email. Files should be in JPEG or PDF format and sent as attachments to your email. Do not embed the image directly in the body of your email. Do not insert the image in a document file such as Word. Provide us with the image separately from the text and we will do the rest.