Will resampling an image for the website Society6 lower my picture quality when printed

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The website says that resampling will ruin the photos when they are printed but they look great. Wont just resizing the image make it lower quality as well?
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Pixels are pixeIs... If there are specific pixel dimensions and dpi/ppi recommendations, stick to those. I think they just want to make sure you don't give them cruddy images that are fit to 72 dpi?
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They say 72 dpi is the minimum but that 300 will give the best print. Which is why I dont understand why they would say not to ever resample an image before uploading it.
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Maybe there were customers who uprezed a 72 dpi 4x5 inch image to 300 dpi 20x30 in and then complained about print quality?
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tj momon

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So uprezing an image that starts at 72 dpi to 300 will make the image come out poorly? I'm brand new to photoshop and haven't gotten a full grasp of how dpi stuff works
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I do not have a ton of experience with print on demand... If someone else can weigh in, thanks. That said...

If you change the scale but with no resampling, you are only changing how many pixels per inch the printer expects to get, but not actually changing any pixel data. A 2000x3000px file is still 2000x3000px after you change dpi.

If you resample, you are changing the pixels by shrinking or blowing up the actual image. With resampling is that afterwards you get a different pixel dimension... And anytime you scale with resampling, you lose some of the original data. The difference might be indistinguishable or not?
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Is the overall flow that you provide image(s) to Society6, and they print them when a customer orders one or more of your images?  If so, I agree with their statement not to resample, just send them images at their full/original pixel dimensions.  If they are doing the printing, it's their job to set the resolution to get the best result from their printer.