July 8, 2015

For making a product, Winkflash accepts the file formatsJPG, JPEG, PNG & TIFF
PNG Images with Transparent Backgrounds may cause issues when building creative products. JPG or JPEG images are recommended for best results. We work with digital files—meaning that your photos must be created by a digital camera or smart phone, or that your analog art has been scanned and converted into a digital file.

The maximum files size we can accept is 10MBs.

rockerNotes About File Size
Larger photo files generally provide more information (photo industry talk that means a higher megapixel count and/or more detail about your image file) and can better reproduce a larger print. Larger photo files may also deliver more clarity and color range to a final print.

What’s a good size to upload? That depends. One rule of thumb: if you will be creating products that display a large photo, say a Canvas Wrap Print that’s 20” x 30”, the more pixels the better. Create something smaller, like a 5” x 7” Canvas Lite®, and you can get away with a lower pixel count.

As a starting point, your upload file cannot be more than 10 MBs. Depending on your device’s megapixel count, our recommended maximum print sizes are as follows:

Camera or Device
Largest Recommended Size
3 Megapixel Smart Phone or Camera up to 20″x15″
5 Megapixel Smart Phone  or Camera up to 30″x25″
8 Megapixel Smart Phone  or Camera up to 50″x40″
10 Megapixel Smart Phone  or Camera up to 60″x50″

Aspect Ratios: What you Need to Know When Ordering Products
Suppose you have an uncropped photo straight out of your full frame DSLR. Suppose you want to make an 11×14 Photo Canvas. Will that original uncropped JPG Best Quality file be a perfect fit or will any sides of your file need to be cropped to work to that 11 x 14 proportion? Here’s where knowledge of what your device creates and knowledge of aspect ratios comes into play.

Quality Settings Affect Photo File Size
We suggest you also switch the quality setting* on your camera to the best quality option–for example Super Fine or JPG Best Quality. You get a higher pixel count, which generally means more information and detail.

3:2 ratio
Aspect ratio describes the relationship between the 32width and height. Today, just about every digital camera has a sensor with a ratio that’s either 3:2 or 4:3. Full-frame and crop sensor DSLRs conform to 3:2 proportions. This means that photo products such as
4” x 6”, 8” x 12”, 10” x 15” etc. are a perfect fit.

434:3 Ratio
Micro four-thirds cameras and many compact cameras conform to 4:3 proportions. This means that photo products such as 8” x 6”, 12” x 9”, 16” x 12”, etc. are a perfect fit.

Here is a comparison of the Bothtwo stacked one on top of the other:

Mobile Device Ratios
Mobile devices give you an option to create a photo at various aspects ratios. Check the settings on your device (under “Resolution”) then pick one. You may see 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, square and more.

* So to answer our original question about the 11 x 14 print—looks like those dimensions are not a perfect fit, and that a little bit of cropping will need to happen. You can do the cropping yourself with software, or you can work with the Winkflash design template which will help you align (and crop) to suit.


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