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iPhoto & Aperture: Warning icon when ordering photo products

Symptoms

You may notice a warning icon appears next to pictures when the resolution may be too low for a quality print at a given size, or next to a text caption when text overruns the border.

Resolution

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Warning Next To Pictures

The pictures that appear with a warning may look jagged or blurry when printed (figures 1 through 3 below). To resolve this, choose a smaller size print for better quality when ordering prints. When laying out a book, increasing the number of photos on a page will reduce picture size and may eliminate the warning. If a photo has been cropped, reverting to the original version will increase the picture size and may eliminate the warning. 

Note: The low resolution warning does not appear in iPhoto '11 when creating books, cards or calendars. The warning will appear in print orders when photos are of insufficient resolution.

 

For quality prints, we recommend these minimum resolutions for the following print sizes: 

North America

Print size Bitmap resolution size
4 x 6 inches 600 by 900 pixels
5 x 7 inches 750 by 1050 pixels
Wallet 300 by 450 pixels
8 x 10 inches 1200 by 1500 pixels
16 x 20 inches 1600 by 2000 pixels
20 x 30 inches 1600 by 2400 pixels

 

Europe

Print size Bitmap resolution size
10 x 15cm 600 by 900 pixels
13 x 18cm 750 by 1050 pixels
5 x 8cm 300 by 450 pixels
15 x 20cm 900 by 1200 pixels
20 x 25cm 1200 by 1500 pixels
20 x 30cm 1500 by 1800 pixels

 

Japan

Print size Bitmap resolution size
L (127 x 89mm) 750 by 526 pixels
KG (152 x 102mm) 900 by 600 pixels
2L (178 x 127mm) 1050 by 750 pixels
6P (254 x 203mm) 1500 by 750 pixels
A4 (297 x 210mm) 1754 by 1240 pixels
4P (305 x 254mm) 1800 by 1500 pixels

 

Australia/New Zealand

Print size Bitmap resolution size
4 x 6 inches 600 by 900 pixels
5 x 7 inches 750 by 1050 pixels
4x (2.5 x 3.5inches) 375 by 525 pixels
8 x 10 inches 1200 by 1500 pixels
16 x 20 inches 1600 by 2000 pixels
20 x 30 inches 1600 by 2400 pixels

 

Singapore

Print size Bitmap resolution size
4R (4 x 6 inches) 600 by 900 pixels
4D (4.5 x 6 inches) 675 by 900 pixels
 5R (5 x 7 inches) 750 by 1050 pixels
 4x2R (2.5 x 3.5 inches) 375 by 525 pixels
 8R (8 x 10 inches) 1200 by 1500 pixels
16 x 20 inches 1600 by 2000 pixels
 20 x 30 inches 1600 by 2400 pixels

 

 Hong Kong

Print size Bitmap resolution size
3R (3.5 x 5 inches) 525 by 750 pixels
4R (4 x 6 inches) 600 by 900 pixels
4D (4.5 x 6 inches) 675 by 900 pixels
5Y (5 x 7 inches) 750 by 1050 pixels
4x2R (2.5 x 3.5 inches) 375 by 525 pixels
8R (8 x 10 inches) 1200 by 1500 pixels
16 x 20 inches 1600 by 2000 pixels
20 x 30 inches 1600 by 2400 pixels

 

Higher resolutions than these will generally result in higher quality prints at a given size. 



Figure 1 Low Quality Photo Warning

 


Figure 2 Book Layout Warning Icon

 


Figure 3 Print Ordering Quality Warning

 

Warning Next to Text Caption

If a warning icon appears next to a text caption, it indicates some of the text goes past the given border for a caption. A warning will also appear when ordering a book, card, or calendar (see Figures 4 and 5). Since the point size of a caption is set by iPhoto (based on the layout chosen), there are two options to make the text fit.

  1. Reduce the amount of text in the caption. Because the dimensions of the caption are predefined, there are no scroll bars so the extra text may not be immediately visible. When visible text is removed, the additional text will appear. To remove all text in a text field:
    • Select all of the text in the text field. 
    • Delete the text. 
    • Add the desired text.
  2. Change the font used in the caption. Many fonts have different line and character spacing specifications. For example, the Chicago font at 11.8 pt will take more space than the Helvetica font at 11.8 pt. Before deleting text, try different fonts to see if any work better. Note that changing the text for one caption affects all other captions of the same type (caption, title, subtitle).
    • Select all of the text in the text field. 
    • Choose Edit > Font > Show Fonts from the menu bar
    • Use the Font window to select a new font or text size.

Figure 4 Low Quality Text Warning

"Your card appears to have text that doesn't fit. If you continue with this card order, and clipped text may cause the order to be canceled at a later date..."

Figure 5 The Low Quality Text Warning icon is red in iPhoto '11.

"This text doesn't fit into the designated text area."

 

Last Modified: Jul 22, 2011
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