How To Choose The Perfect Image For Your Wall Mural

It's time to choose the right image for your wall mural! This is the fun part, but not necessarily the easiest!

Thankfully, we're here to help 😃

3 Ways To Choose The Perfect Image For Your Wall Mural

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS

Image Size:

High resolution images are strongly recommended! An image equal or greater than 10 MegaPixels should be a minimum for large size murals.

Minimum file resolution is 72 PPI. Ideal resolution is 300 PPI.

Maximum file weight accepted is 200 MB. For files larger than 200 MB, please reach out to us and we will provide you with an alternate method of delivery.

File Formats Accepted

JPEG (recommended), PNG, TIFF, PSD, PSB, RAW, AI, EPS, PDF.

Things To Look For

No matter what image you choose to make into a wall mural or removable wallpaper, there are a few general requirements to consider. Image quality and sharpness are the most important because the sharper the quality of an image is, the better your wall mural and wallpaper will be. Even though there might be a lot of factors to consider, here are some key factors you should know.

1. Size:

The size of the image is the first requirement you need to look for. The larger the original image in pixels, the better. We emphasize on the term "original" because enlarging a small image won't help in the least. There is no clear rule of thumb but it is highly recommended for the image to be a minimum of 10 megapixels.

2. Resolution

The resolution of an image is based around the Dots per Inch or DPI. We recommend images to have at least 150 to 300 DPI in its raw form. A high resolution photo is considered to be a 300 dpi image but it is also dependent on 3 general components: quality of the camera, size of the image and ability of the photographer (steady shot and lighting).

3. Sharpness

The sharpness of an image refers to the overall clarity in terms of both focus and contrast. It relies on achieving accurate focus on a desired subject. Try and stay away from blurry or out of focus images because this will also enlarge with the rest of the image.

Since your image will need to be enlarged to the size of a full wall, every detail counts! That barely noticeable little lens dust in the upper right corner of your photo will become the focal point you don’t want on your wall mural.

Noise

Noise looks like tiny colored pixels in a photo. In simple terms, noise often looks like grain. Several factors can affect the level of noise, including a camera's sensor size, higher ISO settings, and long exposures or slow shutter speed. Night and space photos are often affected by noise issues. Once enlarged, these tiny specks become large, unwanted, blotches.

Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic Aberration usually manifests itself in the form of purple/red/blue/cyan/green fringes. They appear alongside highlights or dark regions edges of an image. Chromatic aberration can be more or less severe, but remains problematic when enlarged to a large sized wall mural.

Blur

Depending on how the photo was taken, enlarging blurry images is not ideal for wallpaper murals. Unless the blur effect is purposely and creatively done (motion blur or focus shot), it usually doesn’t translate well once the image is enlarged to a wall mural size.