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Have you ever downloaded a picture from the web and printed it out only to get a passport size photo or an enormous blurred print out, although the photo seemed the right size on your computer screen? This can be extremely frustrating, especially when creating print materials. Why does this happen? This is caused by the wrong resolution size.

Resolution can be described as the amount of details that can be displayed in an image. In reality, there it defeats the purpose of having an image that’s not visible. To correct this problem, you need to know how to work with resolution in order to achieve high-quality images for your print materials.

The Recommended Resolution Size for Commercial Printing

The recommended resolution for commercial printing is 300 DPI. DPI is basically a measure in dots/pixels per inch. The number of pixels per square inch determines the quality of the image in terms of sharpness and how much details the image can display. So if you are working with images or designs that will end up to be printed, the resolution has to be set at 300 DPI.

Most images on the web have low resolution dimensions usually equal to or less than 640x480 pixels. This type of image size can fit and display details to a good resolution on computer screen, but once printed, the output comes blurred and a blurred image gives of a bad impression.

For web photos 72 DPI is a good level of resolution. However, you should not confuse image size and file size. The image size refers to the dimensions whereas the file size depends on the space used by file on disc.  Again, if you have several images within your design, make sure that they all have a high resolution because this will guarantee that the output will have a high resolution. As a result, you will have visually appealing print materials.

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