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Pixel art from "classic" adventure games: 320x200 or 320x240?

This is an actual screenshot from the title screen of The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS, 1990): As you can see (by downloading the image file and inspecting its properties), it's 320 × 200 pixels. As ...
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

(I am answering to the body of your question, please split this question into 2 things) Screens are way better, lets look at things: You can choose colors as you wish (even if you restrict palette)....
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Are pixels in Photoshop logical or physical?

A pixel is a pixel is a pixel. Resolution (as in PPI/DPI) is meaningless* in a digital context, the only time it is meaningful is when you are printing (or otherwise transferring to a physical medium)...
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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

I suspect that you are seeing realism by chaos. If you take a good look at, for instance, the radishes in the lower right, you will notice that they differ. In this case, by mirror imaging, and ...
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What is pixel aspect ratio?

On a normal monitor imaging element is in a square matrix. We then call the aspect ratio of that pixel 1. Aspect ratio is just the width/height. A aspect ratio of 1 is a square and a aspect of 16/9 is ...
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Check dpi of png file

As I've previously said here and here... PPI is not an inherent property of an image. There is no such thing as a 300PPI image, or a 72PPI image. PPI is just a useful measurement for ...
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Check dpi of png file

The PNG-standard specifies an optional header with the DPI. In the PNG file two 4-byte numbers gives the pixels per meter og the width and height, which can be converted to DPI by multiplying with 0....
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

Not exactly, but... ... there is a way to achieve the effect you describe. Apparently you can change the scaling mode for smart objects, but it's a global setting that takes effect for newly created ...
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Do millimeters apply to screen design?

Millimeters, inches, centimeters, picas.. all do not translate universally to pixel sizes. Pixels are not a physical object, there's no measured size for a pixel. Physical measurements only relate ...
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Pixel art from "classic" adventure games: 320x200 or 320x240?

If you want your pixel art to closely resemble classic games from the EGA/VGA era you would have to draw it at 320x200 px in my opinion. Changing the height to 240 px would enable you to add more ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

No this is not possible. To be entirely sure I went through every option that the layer has. A workaround might be setting up guides with the size you want the pixels to be and then using the Pencil ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

No. I'd approach it one of these two ways: Use a multiplier for your pixel brush size, and just use nearest neighbour interpolation to resize your image to the correct size without deforming it. (...
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Automatically reduce (remove some) nodes to smooth an SVG

The image above is the file you've referenced, downloaded and opened in Inkscape. Using Path, Simplify, with default settings (not sure if they can be adjusted), this is the result. It provided a ...
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I need to print an image at a certain size. What dimensions and resolution should I use?

Determining PPI Resolution given the Viewing Distance from the image For Raster (halftone screened) graphics, the PPI resolution is determined in two steps using only basic arithmetic. There's ...
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Scale down an image in GIMP without losing resolution

Scaling bitmaps is never without loss. Both upscaling, and downscaling will produce interpolation artifacts. This can be done much better with vector graphics. So if we can trace the bitmap we will ...
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What does the default 72x72 resolution mean?

72 units per inch is the definition of the point, which is the basic unit of measurement in the PostScript page description language. It was based on a unit of the same name used in traditional ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For Raster (halftone screened) graphics, the PPI resolution is determined in two steps using only basic arithmetic. There's nothing mysterious. Step 1. Determine the necessary LPI Step 2. Use the ...
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Why two documents with same dimension but different resolution has different view size in photoshop?

As a general rule, when your working on a screen, forget about physical dimensions and resolution (PPI). All that affects the size you see something on screen is its pixel dimensions. Your screen ...
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What is pixel aspect ratio?

The View → Pixel Aspect Ratio setting in Photoshop simulates non-square (elongated, rectangular) pixels on a square-pixel screen, primarily for preview purposes. Photoshop does this simply by scaling ...
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Are pixels in Photoshop logical or physical?

It's only for print/manufacturing conversions. The operating system does not, most of the time, know what kind of screen is attached to the computer. So it does not even try to guess. Because it can ...
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How can I apply Photoshop's pixel aspect correction to make it "real"?

To export with a different aspect ratio, you have to use square pixels and manually resize the image (non-proportionally) via Image > Image Size. The Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction in Photoshop is ...
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How can I apply Photoshop's pixel aspect correction to make it "real"?

Don't use that feature. That's not what it is designed for. It's only a preview for showing what an image will look like on a device that doesn't have square pixels. Try this* instead: Do Image > ...
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How to save small png files (icons) with minimal pixelation?

That is not pixelation, that is blurred. Your icon is blurry. The problem is that you made them at different resolution and downscaled it, and the program made a resampling. To simulate the apropiate ...
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Is a DOT comprised of many PIXELS?

Pixels have no size. Pixels are not a physical entity, they don't exist. You can't hold them, you can't touch them, you can't measure them. A pixel is merely the smallest increment your screen can ...
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Is a DOT comprised of many PIXELS?

I like a lot the reasoning of the question. I will break a little a rigorous analysis for the sake of making this answer as simple (and practical) as possible. Each dot consists of more than one ...
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Rounded rectangle with non-square pixel aspect ratio

This appears to be a bug in Photoshop. It might be worth reporting to Adobe as I can't think of any reason that the current behaviour would be desirable. I've come up with two potential workarounds: ...
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How important is it to use the correct resolution?

When working on a project, its obviously important to use the right resolution Well, it's important to work at the correct size, although arguably not that important*. Work in vectors for anything ...
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How to export JPGs at different sizes without losing image quality?

The answer (in this case) is to save as PNG. If they want 300ppi JPGs for the web – then they don't know what the hell they're doing over there. The fact is – with solid color graphics such as these ...
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