Posted on 1998-08-06
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
What is the difference between pixels per inch and dots per inch? I was told that setting 300 pixels/inch in Photoshop is not the same as 300 dpi in printing.
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pixels per inch (PPI) is the resolution at which the image is displayed on a monitor, The more pixels per inch the higher the resolution and the larger the picture will appear.

Dots per Inch (DPI) is the resolution at which the image will be printed. in Photoshop, it is advisable to have your image at double the DPI at which you will be printing it. Eg for a job that will be played out to posistives at a screen ruling of 150 the image should be saved at a resolution of 300 DPI.

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That makes sense, but how do you save it at a resolution of xxx DPI? I only see that you can save it at xxx PPI.

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Sorry ablab,

I have made a small error. It is correct to say, DPI is used in printing and PPI is the resolution at which the image is displayed electronically. You are correct in saying there is no DPI Save setting in Photoshop.

The correct method is to save your image at double the Pixels per inch (PPI) to the dots per inch (DPI). Eg for a job that will be played out to positives at a screen ruling of 150 the image should be saved at a resolution of 300 PPI.



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Thanks, LOBO

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