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Real Customer Question: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

Real Customer Question: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

Seeing your gorgeous family tree charts hanging up in your homes and hearing your stories about the sweet conversations they've sparked with your children, families, and friends are the best parts of Family Tree Prints for us! We want to help you create a family tree chart you're happy with, so we love when you ask us questions along the way. Since we know multiple people may have the same question, we like to answer great questions we get in detail here on the blog to benefit you all! Today's real customer question of the day is:

Q: Is there a size you would recommend printing the circle charts on? Of course, too small and the writing will be impossible to read, but I don’t want to go too big either. Perhaps you have a minimum recommended print size?

A: Yes! We've been printing charts for family and friends and polling our other customers to create a set of more comprehensive printing guidelines, and those recommendations are reflected here on our printing suggestions page

This page is a living document, and we'll continue to update it as we discover cool new places and ways to print your charts! As we polled our customers who have already printed family history charts and printed our own, we've seen some patterns emerge for where and what size to print, as well as outliers printed much larger or smaller than "recommended" that have turned out gorgeous, so we hate to limit you if you have a vision but do think it's valuable to have some general guidelines to center you.

Circle Charts:

 - 6 generations: 12” x 12”

 - 8 generations: 20” x 20”

To give you a sense of range, real-life sizes our customers have printed their 6 generation circle charts and loved them include 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 18" x 18" and 20” x 20”. When printing a pedigree chart smaller than the recommended size, however, you'll really want to be careful and watch the font size and contrast level. There's some common sense involved here. A light blue ombre chart with white size 4 font will likely be illegible printed 8" x 10", but a white chart with navy blue font size 12 may be just fine!

Fan Charts:

 - 6 generations: 16” x 20”

Real-life sizes our customers have also printed 11” x 14” and been happy--just watch your font sizes and contrast!

 - 8 generations: 20” x 30”

Themed Shape Charts:

These charts are limited to 4-5 generations, and 11” x 14” tends to be a good size for these. You can also get away with 8” x 10” or smaller... again, just watch the font sizes!

For other printing recommendations including what material to print on (PLEASE, no canvas!), where to print, and what happens if you modify your file in an external program view our printing suggestions!

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Where to Print Your Printable Genealogy Chart

Where to Print Your Printable Genealogy Chart

Our family tree maker app makes it easy to create a gorgeous custom family tree in the form of a high resolution, print-ready download in just minutes. Chances are, you'd then like to actually print it out and hang it up--good thing you have oodles of choices.

Local Printer or Big Box Store = Nice and Cost Effective

This is typically your cheapest option. In printing our own charts (we're still college graduate students!) we've headed to our local print shop or Costco and had them printed on poster paper. Here's a little run-down of sample pricing for you:

16x20 Poster 20x30 Poster
Costco $6.99 $9.99
Walmart $12.86 $18.86
Sam's Club $6.96 $9.96

Note: These prices reflect pricing on 9/28/2017.


What kind of paper is it printed on?

Costco/Walmart/Sam's Club also have other sizes available  and often offer add-ons such as mounting (usually printed on archival quality paper) and framing if you'd prefer not to do it yourself. Printing options such as canvas, metallic or acrylic printing are also available if you're interested in testing the boundaries of different media (price range ~$45-100), but we've found poster printing and framing works great. The biggest size all three of these offer is 20" x 30", which is plenty big for most people.

MPix = Higher Quality & More Options 

Mpix offers a variety of options, including poster, photograph finish, wood and metal prints, as well as a variety of framing options. Their basic photograph print is done on archival quality photo paper. We love the  framing options they have right there on their site so you can do everything at once!

 16x24  24x36  36x48 
Poster (Lightweight Poster Paper) $26.99 $28.99 $26.99
Photograph Paper $22.79 $57.59

 

Also, if you subscribe to their newsletter you can get some pretty decent discounts to bring down the price a bit.

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Artifact Uprising = Gallery Quality & Sizing Galore

If you're looking for a giclee print on archival fine art paper this is for you. We're also huge fans of the variety of sizes Artifact Uprising offers (including squares you don't have to cut down yourself!) and the fact that you can take care of framing all in one fell swoop if you so desire.

Size 16x20 24x36  40x30
Price $39 $68 $85

 

artifact uprising for printable genealogy chart

Do you have somewhere you love to print? Tell us in the comments so that others can benefit from your expertise when they get their own printable genealogy chart?

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