If you intend to print your design, we recommend that you read this guide to explore your printing options and find the best one to print your design with. This article covers the following topics:

Resolution

  • The first rule for printing is always print your final image/piece at 300 dpi (dots/pixels per inch).

  • The Venngage canvas is automatically set at 96 dpi, as that is the standard for screen resolution.

  • If you are exporting to print, make sure you are exporting using PNG HD. This export takes our 96 dpi and multiplies the infographic, giving you a final file that is at the desired 300 dpi.

  • If you export in the regular PNG format, you may end up with a slightly pixelated version.


Printing size standards

Think about how big you want to print and then make sure your canvas is the correct size. Our measurements are set to pixels, so we recommend converting the size into pixels using any online pixel converter. Then, you can set the page size to pixels. (Please see Resize a Design for details on how to set your page size.)

Please note that most standard printers cannot print to the very end of paper (full bleed) no matter what the size is. For example, if the background of an infographic is red and the page is set to letter size, you end up printing on a letter size piece of paper with the graphic shrunk just slightly. There remains a bit of white around the edges of the paper and this needs to be cut off.

Magazines and poster professionals design and print for the correct size, but print on larger paper. They then cut off the excess.


RGB vs CMYK color printing standards

There may be some variances in colors from screen to print due to screens using RGB, printers using CMYK, and each having their own range of colors that they can produce.

RGB has a much larger range of colors, so this results in some very vibrant blues and reds. For example, pink on Venngage ends up looking dull in print. It is good to be aware of this when designing on screen and intending to print.

There are many RGB to CMYK color converters. If you think a blue may not look the same, then run it through an external converter such as Rapid Tables to see if it is close enough.

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