Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Here are some suggestions for achieving the best prints possible.

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images
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Printing + Framing

Printing your images will bring you a great deal of pleasure. With recent improvements of cell phones and auxiliary lenses, large prints are possible today that could not have been done even a couple of years ago. In fact, many studios have even printed cell phone panorama images that were five-feet wide — incredible!

Printed images are a fantastic gateway to gifts, party decor, and joy of being able to say "hey, I took that picture!". There used to be a saying amongst photographers that a photograph is not finished until it is framed and hung on a wall. I'd like to think there's some truth to that. ;)

Here are some suggestions for achieving the best print(s) possible:

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By @silchuknest

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By Artifact Uprising

Editingtips 1

Adjust Your Phone First

Cell phones and cameras have adjustments for image quality. Be sure that your phone's camera is set to give you the the highest of quality. If you do not do this before you take your picture, there is little that can be done to edit the file and improve in post. This adjustment will be found in your individualized camera settings. Shooting in RAW will be your best bet for excellent resolution retention as well.

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By Artifact Uprising

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By Artifact Uprising

Editingtips 2

Making Your Image The Best It Can Be

Look closely at the image you want to print and if it looks out of focus or blurry, then DO NOT choose that one to print. When the image is enlarged, these defects will become evermore noticeable. Smaller details, like exposure settings, can be corrected within the printing process — including color distortion(s). But be sure that you make the images as best as you can before sending it off to your printer.

Proper Dimensions For Printing

To be honest, megapixels don't matter for your phone camera, as anything above 10 is sizable for a billboard. The key to a great print is resolution. To find the maximum high-res print size of the images from your smartphone, divide the horizontal and vertical pixel counts by 300 to get the printed size in inches. This is because high-res printing is done at 300 pixels per inch (PPI).

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By @juliamanchik

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By Artifact Uprising

Editingtips 3

Crop Your Image

If your image is square but you wish for a rectangular print, then a peculiar something in the image needs to be cropped. Many people find it hard to adjust the aspect ratio of their image to the print size that they want, though custom printers are there to ease such problems and can be of tremendous help. Cropping out those silly things — like the corner of a building or part of a car that happens to be in the side of your image — can actually enhance your final print.

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

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Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

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Editingtips 4

Edit Out Distractions

Edit out those small details that take away from the impact of an image; look for items like a piece of trash or paper in the foreground, or perhaps an electric cord or wire. It could even be a reflection on a rock, or a stick that is out of place. These are easy to take out with Photoshop, Snapseed app on your phone, and/or other image-editing software, and they will make your print much more simplistic. If you are not good at image editing, some custom printers will help you with this for little to no cost.

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By Moment

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images

Photo By @yuriymanchik

Tip 5

Give It A Frame!

The print looks evermore beautiful when a frame is matted around the image, no? Typically, a white or off-white mat matched with a black frame works the best, but matching the frame with a dominant color within the image is a popular choice, as well. Have fun with it!

Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images
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Tips for Framing + Printing Your Mobile Images
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Enjoy your piece of fine art that you created!

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