Selecting & Printing Images

Best Practices: A Closer Look at the Image Realities

There are two three important factors to consider when selecting and printing images for an assignment:

  • usage rights
  • size of the image
  • quality of the image.
Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, c1503-05, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Wikimedia Commons. Web. 14 April 2014.


Usage Rights

Google Advanced Image Search

Narrow your results by the usage rights drop down menu and select the appropriate license:

Free to use or share
Free to use or share, even commercially
Free to share or modify
Free to use, share or modify, even commercially

Image Selection

Google Advanced Image Search

Find a higher quality image!

select the Narrow your results by ... image size: and the any size drop down menu.
select Larger than 1024 x 768 or higher or:
select an even greater size such as Larger than 2mp, 4mp and so on.

Printing Images

For printing, an image should ideally have a resolution of 250 dpi (or dots per inch) to occupy the printed page. Larger images found on the internet typically have a resolution of 240 dpi. This is certainly fine to print. Use the following formula as a guide.

Pixel dimension ÷ 250 = largest size in inches to print.

Example:
If your image is 1024 x 768 then you would print no larger than roughly 4 x3 inches.

1024 pixels ÷ 250 = 4.096 inches
768 pixels ÷ 250 = 3.072 inches