If you see a warning when ordering photo products in Photos or iPhoto

You'll see a warning icon or message in Photos or iPhoto when a photo's resolution is too low for a quality print, or when a caption overruns the photo's border. Choose a smaller print size, or adjust the caption.

About photo quality warnings

Pictures that appear with a warning icon  or message like the ones shown below have a bitmap resolution size that's too small for the print size you've chosen. These pictures are likely to look jagged or blurry when they're printed.

To fix this, choose a smaller print size for these photos.

Low resolution photo warning:

Low resolution photo warning icon:

If you're laying out a book, you can increase the number of photos on a page to reduce each picture's size and possibly eliminate the warning. If a photo has been cropped, reverting to the original version will increase the picture size and might eliminate the warning. 

The low resolution warning does not appear in iPhoto '11 when creating books, cards, or calendars. The warning appears only in orders of prints when photos are of insufficient resolution.

Recommended minimum resolutions

For quality prints, Apple recommends the minimum resolutions shown below. Higher resolutions than these will generally result in higher quality prints at a given size.

North America

Print size and minimum 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 and minimum bitmap resolution size:

  • 10 x 15 cm: 600 by 900 pixels
  • 13 x 18 cm: 750 by 1050 pixels
  • 5 x 8 cm: 300 by 450 pixels
  • 15 x 20 cm: 900 by 1200 pixels
  • 20 x 25 cm: 1200 by 1500 pixels
  • 20 x 30 cm: 1500 by 1800 pixels

Japan

Print size and minimum bitmap resolution size:

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

Australia and New Zealand

Print size and minimum bitmap resolution size:

  • 4 x 6 inches: 600 by 900 pixels
  • 5 x 7 inches: 750 by 1050 pixels
  • 4x (2.5 x 3.5 inches): 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 and minimum 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 and minimum 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

About text or caption warnings

A warning icon  next to text or a caption means that the text goes beyond the given border. A warning also appears when you order a book, card, or calendar that includes text that goes beyond its border.

Text warning:

Text warning icon:

 

The text size is set based on the layout that you choose, but you have two options to make the text fit:

Try a different font

Before you delete text, try different fonts to see if any work better. 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. Note that changing the text in one place affects all other text of the same type (caption, title, subtitle).

To change the font:

  1. Select all of the text in the text field.
  2. Choose Edit > Font > Show Fonts from the menu bar.
  3. Use the Font window to select a new font or text size.

Delete text

If changing the font doesn't fix the issue, try reducing the amount of text in the caption.

The dimensions of the caption are predefined, so there are no scroll bars to allow you to view extra text. When visible text is removed, the additional text will appear. You can remove all the text by selecting all and pressing Delete. Then you can add a shorter caption.

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