Questions about resolution, a measurement of the amount of detail an image possesses used for print design, photography and digital media. The higher the resolution, the more detail and data is contained in the image. Ask anything about resolution relevant to designing graphics and media.

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What DPI should be used for what situations?

I've been seeing the word 'DPI' pop up quite a lot when I export my work out in Photoshop and Illustrator. While I know that DPI stands for 'dots per inch', and that if you have too low of a DPI on an ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print. As i understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution), however ...
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What is the difference between DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch)?

There are lots of other questions on Graphic Design which partly cover this, e.g. What DPI should be used for what situations?. However, I have become frustrated at the number of questions and ...
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is it mandatory to keep 72 dpi for web design? What if I create in 200dpi?

I have been designing web banners in photoshop for more than 1 year but never considered the DPI, as I was using the default 72 dpi, but now I want to know is it necessary to create web designs in ...
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What resolutions are standard for digital device wallpaper designs?

What seems to be the most popular resolution that wallpaper comes in for desktop wallpaper? I am a digital artist so I want people to download my wallpaper. What resolution should I offer it in to ...
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I need to print an image a certain size. What dimensions and resolutions should I use?

(This question is meant to be a resource to direct others to given that this is a common question.) Given the task of creating an image that will be printed at a certain dimension, what pixel ...
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Do I need full 300dpi resolution photos for designing a poster?

I'm working on a poster for a local event. It has a photograph in the background. The poster itself is designed to be 11x17, which at 300dpi is about 3300x5100. Now the photo in the background does ...
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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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How do people get those gorgeous, high-resolution UI screenshots?

I'm talking about screenshots like these: These images appear completely non-pixelated and in high resolution. The first one is a a vanilla, operating-system level menu bar in Mac OS, and the ...
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Which one is better for icon design: vector graphics or bitmap graphics?

To design icons in many resolutions, Which of the following approaches: * to create them in vector graphics, as svg or ai and then rasterize them, * to design them directly as bitmap graphics (formats ...
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What is the best resolution to work at for Android devices?

I am trying to design an app for Android devices, but they come in all sizes and stuff... with different resolutions and its a bit confusing. What is the best way to do it? Work at the biggest ...
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To what extent is resizing an image (using Photoshop's bicubic sampling algorithm) acceptable for print?

I'm wanting to print a 300 DPI brochure, but my first attempt at making it fell short of the proper resolution, so I am having to remake it. I've already printed my business cards, which were ...
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Batch resize and OUTPUT multiple images

I need to batch resize multiple images and thats really easy in Photoshop insert a folder and get a output in anther folder. But i need this to output multiple images of all the images inside the ...
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What dimensions should I use when designing for the Kindle Fire?

I've reviewed all of the android design documentation, but I am still a little confused on how I should setup my Photoshop file if I am making an app for just the Kindle Fire. It's 1024x600 with 160 ...
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Defining resolution or layout size for iphone/ipad devices

Basically the question is divided into three parts - What size should I start with on an iPad? At what size do the Graphic Assets need to be passed to the developer? What about the same items on an ...
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Printer Resolution

The Windows 7 printer preferences dialogue box tells me: Print pixels: 1416 x 2152 dots Does this mean that I should always provide an image of 1416 x 2152 pixels to achieve max quality? How is DPI ...
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Photoshop a low-res image to make it appear higher-res

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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iOS 4 retina display resolution size

I'm a little confused about the resolution here, I know the dimensions suppose to be: 320x480 points but what do I need to put for the resolution? e.g. 300 dpi? I'm designing on CS5.
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Creating large-scale high-resolution documents in Photoshop

I am a student trying to create collages in Photoshop sized* 4' x 4' and larger, resolution 300dpi, to be digitally printed on cotton canvas and silk. The enormous file size causes my iMac to lag or ...
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Using “vector-like” raster images in PDF documents

I'm in the process of producing QR-codes for use on product packaging. The codes are generated in batch and the resulting files are typically 25x25 px PNG files. Of course, such a small image would ...
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How do I determine what the image file format and resolution should be when scanning?

I understand the title to my question is very vague, but bare with me, I think I can make it a bit more precise in the question body. Recently my mother was asking for help with digitizing a large ...
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Illustrator: export embedded picture to its original size

The title says it all. I have a document with embedded pictures at various resolutions (300dpi, 220dpi, ...) and I'd like to export them to their original size (in pixels). A simple copy-and-paste ...
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What DPI/PPI should a 4 by 6 meter outdoor billboard be designed at? [duplicate]

I'm creating a 4 x 6 meter (~13 x 20 feet) outdoor billboard advertisement that includes an image and vector logo (rasterized) in Photoshop. I was working using a smaller size for design purposes, but ...
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Scaling images down in InDesign and ppi

If I place a 10" X 6.7" 72 ppi .jpg into InDesign and scale the image down to about 3" X 2", does the ppi change for that image? And how can I tell?
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MacBook retina Photoshop save for web

I am, like so many other graphic designers, very excited about the new MacBook 15" with retina display. But there is one thing that I really am concerned about. With 4 times the pixels as on ordinary ...
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Measuring minimum resolution in Photoshop/GIMP

I am following Apple's iTunes connect guide (as of today 13th November 2013) for designing an image. At page 239 of their guide I am confused on the following: Background artwork must be at least ...
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What are the smallest dimensions/resolution I can use for a 7ft x 2ft banner? [duplicate]

I am designing a banner which will be printed at 7ft x 4ft. I am using Photoshop CS4. The images are not vectors. The original poster artwork has been done at 300 ppi for A4 printing. I was ...
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What is the purpose of the resolution property of images (when creating/editing)?

I want to check something I don't quite understand with the size/quality properties of an image. OK, as much as I understand, the size of an image you create in Photoshop, for example, will determine ...
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What is the range of size a logo can be viewed at?

I’m trying to come up with a logo for a small venture of mine, and I was wondering: at what sizes are logos typically displayed? I mean, I know in theory branding artwork should be redesigned for ...
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Why do applications need to make changes for Retina displays?

From what I understand, Retina displays are simply a screen with a high PPI (higher than that of your eye at "optimum viewing distance"). Why, then, do applications need to fix their interface to ...
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Designing Graphics For .NET Apps Resolution

What resolution (in pixels/inch) should I use when designing graphics for a standard Windows Forms .NET application? I am using Adobe Creative Suites to design the graphics. I will be using the ...
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Why are my screenshots blurry in InDesign when I export to a PDF?

Just so you know I am very new to Creative Suite. I am trying to make a whitepaper using InDesign and then export it into a PDF. The PDF looks blurry if I export it at anything, but 300ppi. The ...
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Maximum resolution of 3D printers [closed]

I was looking at 3D printers and I wanted to know the maximum achievable resolution in 3D printers that use the extrusion method (NOT the 3D laser printers). Some manufacturers claim a 20 Micron ...
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Photo distorts terribly on Facebook [duplicate]

I've designed a logo which looks high res in photoshop. But really distorts in Facebook. I understand that Facebook converts the image, but compared to similar logos, it looks bad. Any ways around ...
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What resolution should I use for my photos in Inkscape?

question from a non-graphic designer here who doesn't fully get the whole 'resolution' thing. From what I understand, Inkscape saves all embedded images as 90dpi. However for printing, 300 dpi is ...
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Photoshop - How to reduce the file size in KB by reducing resolution

I have tried everything I can think of, but when I reduce resolution of graphics, keeping the same dimensions, it has no effect on the size of the file. This makes no sense. I prepare graphics for ...
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Best dpi for printing a 48x18 inch at 200%?

I have an image in photoshop I want to print at 200%, and right now it's 48x18 inches, and the resolution is 72 dpi. I read somewhere that changing it to 600dpi would allow me to scale it by 200% at ...
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Adobe InDesign 5.5: why when I place some pics they come out with a very lower resolution in the doc?

The images I'm using are from different sources but most of all flickr (few from other websites). When I download them in 500 pixel size for example, they look ok in Anteprima, but when I place them ...
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Avoiding resolution problems with collages

I am trying to create my first medium-sized poster in Photoshop, to print at 300ppi on A3. I need to bring together a collage of small files but I am worried that I will inadvertently expand one of ...
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What is the resolution I need to make a picture to make curves look smooth and not pixelated?

I am using Paint to draw some swords for a character I have. I am not very experienced and this is my first time trying to draw swords. My question is how large (Preferably in pixels) do I need to ...
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graphic design - high or low resolution

Can anyone please help me with the following? I am a low-level dabbler, but these things have been nagging at me for years. I know I've been doing everything the hard way, and my hope is that knowing ...
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How to make typography hi-res for web?

Suppose I'm going to make a typography poster (or whatever) that's going to be posted for advertisement in, let's say, Facebook, how high should the resolution be? Any specific numbers I should have ...
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Large-format printing suggestions

I need to print a photo in large scale 3x3m. What size a photo should be, what pixel dimension? What resolution do I need to avoid pixelization? Also what format of file should it be ? PDF? This ...
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DPI/PPI resolution for product zoom images

I'm working on an ecommerce site and I am trying to figure out at which resolution to save product images. We usually go for 72DPI but I believe now we should be using PPI, but also that to account ...
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Image Fuzzy in Browser, Sharp in Photoshop (with NO resizing), why?

I have a PNG file that looks fuzzy when I view it in any browser. However, opening the very same file in Photoshop, making no changes, it looks perfectly sharp. Why does this PNG look different when ...
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Why downsample to 300 ppi only for images above 450 ppi - why not for all images above 300 ppi?

Here's something that's puzzelled me for a long time. Here's the default on InDesign's Export to PDF (and also Acrobat's PDF optimiser): Obviously 300 ppi is the default it downsizes to because 300 ...
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Adobe Illustrator pictures to be played on a scoreboard with the dimensions of 1280 x 424

Ok, I want to make a video for a wedding, to be played on a stadium scoreboard. The scoreboard's dimensions are 1280 x 424. I was told to make my images this size and make a DVD in either .wmv or ...
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Re: View Size vs. Print Size and Resolution in Adobe Photoshop

They say you start to see the pixels in an image when it is printed around 200 dpi/ppi or less, right? I'm looking at some images here at 100% view in photoshop, and when I open the image size window, ...
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Does CorelDraw have a native read resolution for reading SVG's?

Does CorelDraw has a default read resolution for SVG's? The only DPI settings that will show me the number of pixels exactly as they were created is 96. Is that Corel's native DPI resolution for ...
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Scanning 8.5 x 11 paper in PS results in huge image

I have a paper form that I ultimately want to us as a background template in SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio for a report. When I scan the form, it results in a 5088 x 6600 image ...