Standard DPI: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding DPI

If you intend to customize your image for output on various devices, having a clear understanding of the standard DPI is important. If you are not new to the PaintShop industry, the task may be a walk in the park. However, if you are not accustomed to dealing with images, it may sound like a daunting task. Wondering what is DPI?  No need to worry, as this article explores all you need to know about DPI.

What does DPI stand for?

DPI stands for Dots per Inch. If you are wondering what DPI means, here is all you need to know. DPI is a measure of an image resolution. The image resolution can be adjusted, to either increase or reduce the size of the image. By increasing or decreasing the resolution of your image, you are likely to affect the quality of that image.

It is important to consider how your image will be affected before you decide whether to reduce or increase the resolution of your image. CorelDRAW provides you with the tools you need to customize DPI for different types of images, including photos and flyers. If you increase the image resolution, you simply increase the number of dots that make up a digital image (also known as pixels). Consequently, the quality of your image decreases since the original image details tend to be scattered.

Reducing your image resolution, on the other hand, tends to improve the quality of your image. This is because the number of picture elements per unit is reduced, making your image appear smaller. Whether you intend to increase or decrease image resolution, CorelDRAW has all the tools you need to give you the perfect outcome for all your images.

What is the standard DPI for printed work?

Fundamentally, the standard DPI for an image varies based on how that image is output.  Similarly, the standard DPI for print varies depending on whether it is printed using a desktop printer or large scale professional printers. While images printed on desktop printers have 150 DPI, images printed using larger printers have 300 DPI, and sometimes higher.

Whether you are producing printouts for banners, posters, or even brochures, knowing the right DPI is paramount. It is the DPI that determines the quality of your image. A higher DPI results in a higher resolution, and this improves the quality of your image. As a result, you can capture a lot more from an image with a higher dpi, compared to an image with a lower dpi. Using CorelDRAW standard, you can design high quality images with ease, as you also enhance the appearance of various images.

Often, many confuse DPI with PPI. But, is there a difference between the two?


DPI stands for Dots per Inch, PPI, on the other hand, stands for Pixels per Inch. Basically, both refer to the image resolution. The major difference between DPI and PPI is that, while DPI refers to the dots per inch on a printed image, PPI refers to the number of pixels per inch on an image displayed on the screen.

PPI determines the quality of an image. Therefore, PPI has a direct impact on the printed image. This means that PPI and DPI are related.  For an image with fewer pixels, the clarity may diminish once that image is printed. Similarly, if a digital image has more pixels, the resultant printed image will be of high quality.


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