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Large pictures, A0 size

  1. Apr 30, 2012 #1
    I'm looking for large pictures. I want to print a wallpaper on a A0-paper (on a plotter) with the normal 300 DPI. I've used google to search for wallpapers 'greater than' but I end up with pictures that won't fit A0 with 300 DPI (they're in fact smaller).

    I'm thus looking for a website for very large pictures (scenery, bridges, cities and so on) that will fit A0 paper with a very nice resolution (at least 300dpi). Can somebody help me?
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  3. Apr 30, 2012 #2

    Ben Niehoff

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    I have a few very large stitched photos of natural landscapes that can be printed A0 size at 300 dpi. If you're willing to go to 200 dpi (which still shows remarkable fine detail in a photographic print), I have more choices.

    However, I would want to sell you prints directly rather than sell you a huge-resolution file that you can print yourself. These are prints exposed onto traditional photographic paper by laser light, and developed using traditional chemistry; they will look far better than an inkjet from your plotter. Since you want A0, I assume you are in Britain, but I think something could be worked out with a lab there.

    In fact, I've been putting together a web store to sell my prints, and was planning to go live today. I feel I should ask the mods permission to post a link, since it's effectively an advertisement. I can certainly PM you, though.
  4. May 1, 2012 #3
    Ok, but I'm actually looking for free pictures... And 200 dpi is still less than 300 and is noticeable. By the way I'm not from the UK.
  5. May 1, 2012 #4

    Andy Resnick

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    a 300 dpi print on A0 paper requires an image size of about 14100 x 9900 pixels. I agree with Ben- you have to deal with stitched photos (or look for graphic design works generated directly on a computer).

    For example, Better Light's scanning backs only go up to about 8k x 10k:


    One of my colleagues has a GigaPan- the site has some images, but I don't know if they are available for download:

  6. May 1, 2012 #5
    I've made an account but I'm unable to download these beautiful large pictures.
  7. May 1, 2012 #6

    Ben Niehoff

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    Then maybe you should make the picture yourself. These kinds of things take time and effort to create, not to mention specialized equipment and software (and hiking for miles with said specialized -- and heavy -- equipment). You should expect to pay at least a few thousand dollars for a finished print of such an image.
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  8. May 1, 2012 #7
    I doubt you will find large images on internet for free.

    I don't understand why you going through all of this when you can simply buy landscapes for less than a buck from those street sellers.

    You can also buy landscapes or posters online from websites like demotivators and many-many others. If I were buy one, I would try Nat-Geo or BBC.

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  9. May 1, 2012 #8
    I guess there are not too many countries with people named Dirk, like my uncle.
  10. May 2, 2012 #9

    Ben Niehoff

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    You can buy posters very cheaply, but posters are mass-printed with pigment inks (not a photographic process), and at resolutions of 50-80 dpi. I think the OP wanted something more impressive to look at.
  11. May 2, 2012 #10
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    At what distance?! 300 dpi is really, really high. I'd be surprised if the human eye can tell the difference between 150 and 300 at a distance of under a foot.
  13. May 2, 2012 #12


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    The average human eye can resolve angular separations down to about 1 arc-minute. At 300 dpi, that corresponds to almost exactly 1 foot of separation. Unless people are going to be burying their noses in these prints, I see no good reason for the super-high resolution.
  14. May 8, 2012 #13
    A normal page is printen on 300 DPI so, that's not really really high. Furthermore, I want to put them in my room where a distance of 1 foot can occur.

    Nice, but I can't download it and thus print it.

    Read my mind exactly.
  15. Jun 20, 2012 #14
    Does anyone else has a suggestion?
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