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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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Why does Photoshop call ppi "resolution"?

The PPI doesn't really matter if you use pixels as units; 1000x1000 pixels at 300 or 72ppi will still be 1000x1000 pixels. But when you change the units to inches, then you'll notice one is smaller ...
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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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Will increasing the dpi of my image (without re-sampling) hurt print quality?

The DPI of the image itself is not really that important. What is important is how big you will print the image and what kind of press/printer will be used to print it. This is why: DPI, dimensions ...
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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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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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Website header graphics size and format

Designing a graphics for a header is not just designing the image, but knowing how the header will look overall. If you provide only the image, there is a chance the other person making the website ...
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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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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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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

Preview is simply a terrible PDF viewer. It has many rendering issues with PDFs. Preview is designed by Apple to view PDFs for average home end-users. It is not designed to be a professional PDF ...
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What does it mean when you are asked to specify artwork scale?

For our printing partners, we almost exclusively submit PDFs for printing. Unfortunately, PDFs have dimension limits. It was around 5 meters (I Googled, it's 200 inches). So we scale down. We usually ...
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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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Why does 1px equal 1pt in photoshop but not on the web?

Photoshop does not treat 1px = 1 pt. Except at a specific situation. This is when the image is set to 72 ppi + you are using pt as a unit + you have the point/pica set to 72 pt/inch. The explanation ...
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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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Why does modern low-res art seem to look better than retro low-res art?

Edit: This answers only to the original question: What makes pixel art look better than simply low resolution images? Later edits of the question have changed the subject. Pixel art objects are ...
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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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How can a print have a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi?

Printed medium works differently form screens. Screens have 3 color elements very close to each other. Each element is capable of different color intensities. Printers on the other hand produce dots ...
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Illustrator: EMF export loses precision

Welcome to the wonderful world of microsoft office. There just simply is no sane solution to this problem. Seriously microsoft what do you guys have against vector graphics in documents. If your ...
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How do I combine PNGs into a PDF without losing quality?

The page size (16.81 x 20.14 in.) is exactly the number of pixels at 72 ppi. There's nothing abnormal there. The question is: What page size do you expect? Your PNG are low resolution and Adobe ...
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Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign - placed image different dimensions and resolution

There is no document ppi setting for illustrator. There is just a target setting for continious rasterisation. Neither illustrator nor indesign have a seting for the resolution of the document as it ...
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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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