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Camera Resolution Basics

May 7, 2008
Before you purchase premium photo paper allowing you to print your digital photos at home there are certain things to consider when you prepare for digital print. It can't be as easy as upload in print in some cases. However, if you want the best quality clears resolution as well as the most vibrant colors; follow these steps which are used by professional photographers and graphic artists whenever they print.

First of all you may have seen two acronyms, PPI and DPI. Many people believe they are the same thing. Although they both define the resolution of your pictures they are used to describe different processes.

PPI means pixels per inch. This can be thought of as an input unit such as how many pixels are captured by your members to censor when you take a picture. If you have a lower PPI, you can increase the DPI all you wish but you will still have a very small picture. Should you choose to enlarge the photograph it will become very grainy and blurry which is also known as pixelation.

Pixelation happens when there are not enough pixels in the image to represent every color and line; therefore, you get a mosaic, blotchy look. When the resolution is even the slightest bit low like this, the lines aren't as smooth as they should be.

This is where the quality of your camera is important because the more pixels you have in your photograph from the more options you have regarding size and resolution. The better quality the input the better the outcome will be.

Dots per inch otherwise known as DPI is term used in the printing industry and refers to how small and close together the dots are that make up a color image. Take a look at a magazine or newspaper up close sometime and you will see what I mean.
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