If only printing a high-quality image was an easy task. You have to be careful when dealing with images because, the quality or resolution matters. Whether a photographer, blogger, or anyone that often deals with images, you always want high-quality photos. If you want high-quality images, you need to know how to check DPI (Dots per inch). So how do you check DPI and why is it important?
There are times when you print an image and it comes out looking blurry or unclear. You even have to strain your eyes to see it. This may be because you did not check the DPI before printing. It is so frustrating to have your pictures come out wrong every time. However, there’s no need to worry. We’re here to help.
Today we are going to talk about DPI. We will explain how you can check DPI on your Windows or Mac device. We will also give you details about how to determine the best DPI to use for your prints. Finally, we will explain how you can change DPI. let’s get started.
How to Check the DPI of an Image
If you often deal with images, you may know that print resolution is important. This is because greater print resolution results in high-quality images and that is exactly what we want. If you want to have great images, you need to know how to check and change DPI which represents print resolution.
What is Print Resolution or DPI?
DPI or Dots per inch is a unit that is used to measure print resolution. DPI simply means the number of dots of ink per inch deposited by a printer on a piece of paper. For example, 200 DPI means that the printer will output 200 tiny dots of ink to fill every inch of the paper. It is important to make sure that you sent the DPI depending on what you are printing.
Why is DPI Important?
It is necessary to understand and know how to change DPI because of two reasons. Firstly, it determines the quality of your printout. A higher DPI value results in a higher quality print out. The standard DPI that most home printers can output is 300.
The second reason why DPI matters is that it determines the size of your image. The resolution of a digital image is described in pixels and DPI represents the resolution of prints. It is important to remember that DPI is equal to pixels. For example, if a 9-inch wide image has a resolution of 200 DPI it means that it has 1800 pixels.
What is the Best DPI to use?
Before selecting the DPI that you are going to use, you need to ask yourself one question: “How far is the image going to be from the viewer?” For images that you hold or view at a close distance such as brochures, magazines, or photos, 300 DPI is a good resolution.
On the other hand, if you want to print an image on a large scale, it is better to use a lower DPI. Images such as billboard posters use a lower DPI. This is because the image will be viewed from a further distance as compared to magazines. So suppose your image is 2400 pixels and you use 20 DPI, this means that the billboard poster will be 120 inches wide.
The rule is to set the DPI depending on the distance of the image. Therefore, the further the image, the lower the DPI.
Therefore, keep in mind that as DPI changes, the pixels change as well. This leads to a change in the size of the print. So you need to make sure to set the DPI of your image accordingly.
How to Check the DPI of an Image on Windows
The first thing you need to do is open “Windows File Explorer” which can be opened in two ways. You can either use the shortcut key “Windows button + E”. Besides that, you can type “File Explorer” in the search bar. The search bar is next to the windows logo at the bottom left corner of your screen.
Once File Explorer has been opened, open the file location of the image that you want to check. Once you find the image file, do not open it. Instead, you have to right-click the image file and a drop-down menu will appear. Select “Properties” at the bottom of the menu. This will open a dialogue box where you have to click on the “Details” tab.
Then scroll down to the “Image” section of the details menu. The properties of your image are given using two values which are “Horizontal Resolution” and “Vertical Resolution”.
How to Check the DPI of an image on a Mac
Windows users check the DPI of an image from Windows Explorer; this is not the case for Mac users. On the other hand, Mac users check the DPI of an image by using the built-in “Preview” app. To get to the “Preview” app, you first need to open “Finder” which is a file management application.
Once “Finder” has been opened, go to the location of the image file. Locate the image file and right-click on it. This will bring out a drop-down menu where you will click “Open with” and then select “Preview”. In the “Preview” menu, select “Tools” and then “Show Inspector”. In the list of information, the image DPI will be written as “Image DPI” which will be given in pixels/inch.
How to Check the DPI of an Image in Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is the go-to editing tool for many people, especially professionals. Checking the DPI for an image in Adobe Photoshop is fairly easy because the software comes with built-in options for this. Here are the steps that you need to follow.
The first thing you need to do is open the image file in Photoshop. Then tap on “Image” from the menu bar. This will open a drop-down menu where you will select the option “Image Size” which will open a dialogue box. The image DPI will be shown in pixels/inch under the “Resolution” section.
The best part about Adobe Photoshop is that you can change the image DPI in the “Resolution” section as well. To do this, you simply need to type your preferred value in the “Resolution” box. Note that as the resolution changes, the “Width” and “Height” figures change as well. However, if you do not want these values to change, it can be avoided.
You can uncheck the ‘Resample” box before applying the resolution changes to your image. This will prevent your image from being resized. However, if you wish to change the size of your image as well, you can tick the “Resample” checkbox.
How to Change DPI of an Image using Convert Town
Convert Town is a web application that allows you to convert the DPI of your image according to your preference. Of course, DPI can also be changed by using Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, and Illustrator. However, Covert Town makes the process simpler and the best part is that it is free. We are going to guide you on how to Convert Town.
First of all, you need to open the Convert Town webpage. At the top of the make, you will notice the words “Change the DPI of my Image”. Below that there are values such as 72, 150, 200, and so on. These values represent the DPI or pixels per inch. Click on your preferred DPI from these values.
Once you have selected a new DPI value, click on “Choose Image”. This will open your File Explorer. Go to the location of the image file and select the image and then click “Open”. Your device will automatically download the new image with the new DPI.
We did our best to gather relevant data about DPI. Now that you know how to view and change DPI, we hope your image files won’t stress you out anymore. We all want our images to look perfect, or at least for them to look great. Whatever your reason may be, we hope this information will be of use to you.
Finally, you need to remember that resizing your image does not improve its print quality. If you really want to improve your print quality, make sure to save your images at a high resolution.