Selecting & Printing Images

There are three important factors to assess when selecting an image. color, tone and overall appearance.

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is quite often poorly reproduced online. Partly because the painting itself is protected behind thick glass rendering it difficult to photograph.

The examples to the left and middle are under and over exposed which affects the color balance and saturation. The color and tone of the image to the right has an overall appearance closest to the actual Mona Lisa.

Other considerations

Image Size

You can find a high quality image by searching for a larger size. For example, Google Adanced Image search allows you to narrow your results by image size.

Within the image search drop down menu, select larger than 1024 x 768 or higher.

Usage Rights

Through a 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

See also Copyright


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 x 3 inches.

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