I have designed portfolio at 72 dpi, so when I exported as pdf got horrible quality. Can I do anything to get normal quality? I exported png which is fine when displayed in browser but in picture viewer you have to zoom (because it's too long)

  • Why was your 72 dpi alright while designing but "horrible" as a PDF? Is it because you are zooming in on the PDF – and expected the images to be better than the originals?
    – Jongware
    Dec 28 '17 at 22:52

Unless everything you do is for screen rendering (web/Mobile) then you should design at a higher resolution, and down-save to lower resolutions for output. Even some mobile devices require designing at more than 72ppi.

There's really no fantastic method for making a low resolution image appear good at a higher resolution. You can always reduce quality, but it's nearly impossible to improve quality in any sort of satisfactory manner.

  • Absolutely. One way to make this work, though, without any resampling is to place the images on the page using e.g. inDesign at (pixel dimension)/300 inches. A full screen 1080p image is 1920x1080, which is 300 ppi @ 6.4 inches x 3.6 inches. Best possible quality without resampling.
    – Yorik
    Dec 28 '17 at 21:37
  • One can always scale down without resampling to increase effective ppi -- that, to me, is not the same as attempting to enlarge a low resolution file. And I don't think a reduction in dimensions is what the questioner was after.
    – Scott
    Dec 29 '17 at 5:50

No, not really.

If you designed it at 72dpi you CAN increase it to 120-300dpi but then you will get horrible pixelation and artifacts.

You should always design LARGER than you intend and scale down if needed. That way you won't lose as much quality during the process.

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