Image below from article is 7dpi and 412x324. After reading mentioned article I got understanding that DPI is for printing and pixels is for display. So if I not expect images from web page to be printed I should use lowest DPI, since higher DPI takes more space. I'm right?

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No, no.

There are 3 images. One is at 7 other is at 700. It does NOT matter.

PPI is a little metadata text that electronic mediums, (aka webpage, video) do not use.

Space has nothing to do with it. If you refer to the dimensions, a bigger picture occupies more space than a small one.

If you refer to "weight" or disk space it depends on the compression of the image and the information that the image has. A forest picture has more data than a flat blank white wall's picture, so the second one can compress better.


This is really just a duplicate of all the other ppi/dpi tagged questions IMO.

However, the answer to your final question is:

DPI (actually PPI in digital images) is stored as a single number in the header of the file. When a file format actually supports it (I don't think PNG stores PPI), it is most likely only about 1 or 2 byte(s). So the PPI value has virtually no effect on the file size.

For a normal photo, the uncompressed file size is determined almost exclusively by the number of pixels multiplied by the number of color channels (3 for RGB; 4 for CMYK; add one for alpha channel). So RGB images are usually (width-px * height-px * 3) bytes large.

Two things to note however:

When creating documents, final rendering of typefaces and effects can potentially be affected by the document PPI setting.

Some software (usually for-print-oriented software) will prioritize PPI or assume low PPI if it has the flag. This is why placing images in some software makes them appear gigantic.

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