LEARN: DPI, PPI, Pixels, and Resolution
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
One of the first things you'll notice working with a graphic designer, photographer, or web developer is that we have our own lingo. A frequent point of frustration for everyone involved centers around image resolution.
Image Resolution refers to the amount of information contained in the image. In printed material, this information is in the form of ink dots. On a computer's display, the information is in the form of pixels. Essentially, when more information is packed into an image, the image's quality increases. Lines are less-jagged, colors look more vivid, and transitions between colors are smoother.
“I think Bigfoot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographer’s fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that’s extra scary to me. There’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside.” — Mitch Hedberg
We've all seen people use low-resolution images. They look awful.