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Questions tagged [resolution]

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 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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I need to print an image at a certain size. What dimensions and resolution 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 size, what pixel dimensions ...
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Is it mandatory to keep images at 72DPI for web design?

I have been designing web banners for more than a year but never considered the DPI. I was using the default 72DPI, but now I want to know is it necessary to create web designs in 72DPI? What if we ...
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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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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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Why does Photoshop call ppi “resolution”?

There are some things in Photoshop's "new" dialog window that I find troubling: Assume an image of 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. How can there be an input box for ppi? Ppi a property of the result of ...
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Will increasing the dpi of my image (without re-sampling) hurt print quality?

I'd like to start making prints, but all of my work is set at a resolution of 72. Are there any negative effects to increasing the resolution to 300? I'm very new to this, but from what I've read so ...
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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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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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Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign - placed image different dimensions and resolution

The same problem over and over again - why do images placed in Id/Ai show different size than in PS? I've made image in PS of about 2000x1500 pixels at 300 PPI. Then made Ai document of 2500x1600 ...
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Exporting individual layers in Photoshop, keeping their sizes

I‘m trying to export individual layers in Photoshop as PNGs, keeping their size. So if I have a layer that is 200×200 in a composition that is 1000×1000, I want to export just that layer as a PNG at ...
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Illustrations showing up pixelated in Indesign despite huge resolution

Illustrations I create in Procreate show up pixelated at edges despite high resolution when I place them in Indesign. I'm working on illustrating books for print. It's my first time working on a ...
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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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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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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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Why are the terms DPI and PPI so misunderstood?

It seems the terms DPI and PPI are misunderstood by more people than actually understand them. I'm not just talking about average Joe trying to print a holiday snap, I'm talking about graphic ...
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What causes pixelation, blurred graphics on a web banner?

in the attached image, you can see pixlelation/distortion mainly on the red and blue text and red boxes. What causes this and how can I fix it? Thanks
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T-Shirt print resolution

I made some designs for T-Shirts and I want to print them. I want to know what's the best printing resolution for the best quality And what's the ideal type of printers should I use if I want to ...
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Working on Small Resolution Images in Photoshop ( icons ) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I want to get a solution for a question that has been in my mind for a long time. For the past 2 years, several times I was assigned to ...
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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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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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What is pixel aspect ratio?

When starting a new file in Photoshop, one is given the choice of selecting many things, among them is "Pixel Aspect Ratio". What is this? What does it do? Do I get smoother lines if I choose ...
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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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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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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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Is a DOT comprised of many PIXELS?

I', trying to understand difference between DPI and PPI. I learned that a DOT is the smallest physical entity a device can show or printer can print and a DOT may consists of R,G,B elements. A ...
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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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Print resolution standards - has anything changed?

I have recently been asked a few times by printers to supply higher than standard quality files without a good explanation to why (aside from saying that the file size seems too small - but we all ...
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Is a 100x100 px image with 100 ppi equal to a 71x71 px with 50ppi?

This should be obvious but the content out there on the web is confusing. I'm trying to understand the role ppi plays when saving an image. So if I have an image with rows of 1000 pixels, is it the ...
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Illustrator giving two values for ppi for a linked raster image, only when rotated?

I am trying to place this raster logo supplied by a client on a large format template (this being a raster logo of some text in Arial is a separate issue). In Photoshop, the image is showing at ...
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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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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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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 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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How can we talk about the “resolution” of a JPEG file?

A JPEG is characterised with three parameters: width (pixel), height (pixel) and bit depth (bits per pixel). And resolution is a characteristic for output devices, e.g., monitors or printers. Why? ...
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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Resolution independence - Prepare Images & Icons for different densities and resolutions

I am quite confused in a way of designing interface elements (icons for example) for different resolutions and densities for Iphone apps for instance. I would be grateful to anybody who can put ...
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Creating a banner with InDesign at scale or actual size

I am about to create a banner with InDesign and was wondering which size I should chose to do it. The printed banner would be 33 inches by 79 inches, but I was wondering if I should scale it down when ...
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Best resolution for a 2x2m design in Photoshop ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What PPI should a large format artwork for print be done at? I am required to create a 2x2m design that will be printed. I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS5. What is the best width,...
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How will Apple's new Retina Display affect screencaps?

Will the resolution or the aspect ratio be different if I take a 500x500px screen-capture or screencap when I am using a Retina Display compared to a standard HD screen?
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Illustrator: fuzzy looking icons when exporting to PNG

I have a vector file which contains many objects. One of them is attached below. The top is original, crystal clear/pixel perfect. But I want lower size (dimensions not by filesize). Original images ...
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How does size work with PNG-8 and PNG-24 images?

I am desperately trying to save a psd file as a high res png. I found some relevant setting when I click Save for Web in photoshop but then I got confused about size vs resolution. I found this ...
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How can I upscale my low resolution to hi-res image [duplicate]

I have a low-res image would anybody explain to me the technique to make it high-res image? It would be really helpful if you could show me how can I improve the resolution, quality or bring out the ...
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How to keep the resolution of an image when scaling it in Gimp

I want to copy and paste one picture into another one using Gimp. I have a picture with 200x200 pixels and 72dpi. The 72dpi are not enough to print the image in the size specified in its header. ...
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How to size images independent of device?

I’m a writer and I just bought a Microsoft Surface. I often have to size images with exact dimensions to fit themes. For example, I write for a site where the images have to be exactly 1345 pixels ...
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Using a 72 ppi image in a 300 ppi print ad

I'm designing an ad for print in Illustrator. It is set to 300 ppi. I was given a bunch of logos to put in it. One of the logos I have been given is a 72 ppi PNG file. It is much larger than I need ...