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Obtain professional print quality

Obtaining professional quality print materials is easy using Canva. Learn the tips and tricks below to get the best quality print results.

To print your design at the highest quality, it is important to start by ensuring you are downloading your design with the right file format.

Selecting the PDF – Print file format will download your design at 300 Dots Per Inch (DPI), which is professional print quality. JPG and PNG images are 96 DPI, which makes the file size smaller and is perfect for uploading photos to the web but not as well suited for print.

Canva downloads all designs using the RGB color profile. Most online print services should support printing in this format however if you do need to convert your file, you can do so here:  Convert RGB to CMYK.

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If you have downloaded your design in PDF: for print format and images are still blurry when printed, there may be other factors that affects the quality of your design:

  • The quality of any uploaded media
  • The dimensions of your design
  • Printer settings

Quality of uploaded media


Images you have uploaded for use in a printed project should be high resolution to ensure the best quality print. Using low quality images in your design could result in pixelated images or fuzzy text.

To ensure images in your design is print quality:

  1. Keep your images large when photographing.
  2. Avoid resizing or enlarging your image as this often results to quality loss.
  3. Upload high resolution images.

The dimensions of your design


Printed documents vary in size and shape. Sometimes, there’s a standard such as A4 or Letter paper dimensions but design types such as business cards can vary in dimension from one card to another. If you are sending your document to a professional printer, make sure you use the print company’s preferred design dimensions before starting any design work. This should prevent your design from stretching or squeezing to fit the printers pre-defined dimensions.

Canva For Work users can resize their existing designs using the custom dimensions or magic resize features. Standard Canva users can create designs with custom dimensions from scratch by selecting the Use custom dimensions button on the top right hand corner of the Canva home page.

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Printer settings


When printer settings are not set correctly, you cannot obtain a proper print result. Often printer settings are set on “scaled to fit” meaning that the design is going to stretch to fit an A4 page.

Check your printer settings before attempting to print. Set your printer settings to “100%” scale to ensure your designs will print as you intended.

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