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How To Optimize Pixel Graphics For Print

by Campbell Jof Tweet - in Graphic Design

Pixel Graphics

Last updated on September 10th, 2021

In the early days of computers, pixel art was the only option to display graphics. With the advancement in the technology, pixel graphics became so popular among gamers and artist that the niche of it is still thriving today. So what exactly pixel graphics is and how to optimize them for print? Well, this blog will highlight everything you wanted to know about pixel graphics and its optimization for print.


Pixel graphics, also known as grid graphics or raster graphics are the multicoloured images that consist of individual pixels. Each pixels represents single color. When the image is enlarged, the size of the individual pixel also increases. In order to create pixel design, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

i. It has to be in PNG, JPEG, GIF or BMP file format.

ii. The maximum file size is 10 MB.

iii. The resolution of the image should be at least 200dpi.

When it comes to web bloating, today also images are considered to be one of the reasons for it. Because of the big file size, they often take up more internet bandwidth. As per HTTP Archive, 60% of the internet data is used to get the images composed of PNGs, GIFs, and JPEGs.

Images may make up half of the website pages weight. That is why people run page speed test where because of the high loading time, they are asked to compress the images. Not only it helps them in improving the loading speed but also improve their ranking and traffic flow.

Optimize Pixel Graphics For Print

Optimization is the process of reducing the file size of an image as much as possible without compromising the quality of the image. If for instance, you are going for t shirt printing and want to upload your pixel logo, it is important to make sure that the images are optimized. Here are a few tips that can help you in creating perfect images for printing purpose:

01. Use The Right Image Format

When you are using an image for printing, it is important to have a high-quality image. Formats like JPEG may look good on the website, but they are not suitable for printing. You need to prepare images either in EPS, PDF, PSD or TIFF format. All these formats deliver outstanding image quality.

Image Format

02. Choose The CMYK Color Option

People who are responsible for desktop or mobile devices image optimization are under the misconception that it’s okay to use RGB color option for shirt printing. But it is actually a wrong misconception. Using RGB colors for printing may lead to darker images.

CMYK Color Option

The CYMK colors are a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). These colors are often used by many printers. Therefore before sending final pixel graphics to your printers, convert the images to CMYK mode.

03. Understand Print Resolution

For any image, print resolution is a measure of the number of details it contains. Whiling uploading images on the web, the typical resolution metric is PPI (pixels per inch). While creating images for printing purpose, the resolution metric is DPI (dot per inch).

Print Resolution

The higher the PPI and DPI numbers of the image, the better will be the quality. If you are using any photo editing tool to optimize images for print, it is advisable to print images with 300 or more PPI.


If you want your printer to print the exact quality you want, then paying attention to these optimization tips is important. A small change in the design makes a huge difference. Want to sell your designs online? Printshop by Designhill should be the single stop for you. The platform allows all the designers to sell their artworks, designs, and photographs at their own set royalty rates.

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I'm a blogger and designer and I work as a creative head for Designhill. I write on topics concerning design, ecommerce, startups, digital marketing, interactive content. My creative work has earned me several laurels over the years. Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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