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.
- 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!
- 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!