Image Downloads and Printing Tips

The transparent PNG images available from this website are of a high quality and can be printed at up to A3 size, which is 420 x 297 mm or 16.5 x 11.75 inches. They can even be printed and displayed just beyond A3 and they will still display the same level of quality.

Because the PNG image download files are transparent, the areas within and around the image are ’empty’ or ‘transparent’ so that your own choice of background (i.e. a printed parchment background) will appear within these areas. If you use a JPG file, these transparent areas would be white instead of showing a non-white background.

If you open and view a transparent shield or coat of arms PNG image from us, you may see these transparent areas as black or another colour. This is not a problem with your image, it’s the way many images viewers show transparent images.

If you would like a white background, simply save your .png shield or coat of arms image as a .jpg image using any graphics software or image viewer capable of saving, exporting or editing images. Alternatively, you can place your PNG coat of arms image onto a white background using a word processor or graphics software and save as a .png or .pdf file.


These shields and coats of arms images print well on A3 and A4 parchment paper, or any other preferred size below or just above A3. If you need an image (JPG or PNG) to print at a larger size, please contact us with details. When printing on a parchment paper, we recommend you print in high quality with a plain paper setting.

You may want to print against your own printed background (i.e. a parchment design or other self-printed background) so this can be done using a matt photo paper (A3, A4, 10 x 8, etc.). In this case we recommend that you print at photo quality with a photo paper quality setting. Although you can use glossy or satin photo paper, matt normally looks better with these coat of arms images and an ancient type background.

You may want to print onto photo paper using an edge to edge borderless setting if supported by your printer. Otherwise, a small white border (approximately 5-6mm) will be left around the edge of the paper. This may be hidden underneath a picture frame rim or frame mount.

File Formats

Please see our FAQs page regarding different file types (JPG, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, SVG, etc.).

Please note that shield and coats of arms images you purchase from us must be downloaded from our server and saved to your own computer or device. The images are not permanently available for download. The download link(s) provided are normally valid for download for a period of 30 days. After this, the download links may no longer work.