View Full Version : Dpi

05-27-2005, 03:05 AM
A question as to what is the "BEST" dpi to upload to the site. Is it 72, 96, 100? Perhaps more . . . do we have experts in such matters that can shed some light on how to put your best foot forward.

05-27-2005, 03:28 AM
I may be mistaken on this, but your monitor can only show 72 dpi. Mine does at least.

05-27-2005, 03:46 AM
Mine goes up to 120Dpi with the ability to set it at a custom level. So the newer the monitor, probably the more Dpi. Probably also depends on your video card.

05-27-2005, 04:25 PM
DPI is a printing term and really doesn't mean anything here. Pixels are what matter. Whatever the dpi is in your photo it will show up the same size here. If you upload an image that is 1024 pixels X 768 pixels that's the size it will appear on your monitor when you look at it. Doesn't matter if its 72 or 300 dpi. Of course how your monitor is set to display(800x600, 1024x768, etc.) will also effect the size you see the image at. If you start to do offset printing then you need to start worrying about your dpi. And the rule of thumb there to achieve quality printing is DPI = 2 time linescreen piece is to be printed at.

05-27-2005, 07:47 PM
Thank you Nordicus . . . I did not know how that worked. Seems more is always better, lol. But not in this case it would see.

06-07-2005, 04:40 AM
Ok, I may have missed it here, but, what is a good dpi to scan at?

David Telesha
06-07-2005, 06:25 PM
I scan slides at 900dpi - it gives me the perfect size to crop and then slightly resize. On my computer 900dpi comes out to about 1350x1150 pixels or something like that.

For prints I think I did 500 for a 4x6.

06-07-2005, 11:59 PM
The last 3 video cards I've used all had 92dpi as their default.

GeForceFX 5200OC
ATi Radeon 9600XT
ATi Radeon X800XL <--very new, so 92dpi is still the default setting.

06-08-2005, 04:20 PM
I have an nVidia Quadro4 980 XGL graphics card that is a about 2 years old set to 120DPI.

I scan some pics through an HP officejet which feeds the print through as it scans. Not the best, but it works and it is cheaper than paying everytime to get your pictures scanned to CD. I have scanned at 1200 DPI and 120 DPI, no difference when viewing on my monitor. Image size and DPI are independent for my setup. Unless your concerned about printing, 120 DPI should be fine. Now, if you could change your video card to 1200 DPI ...

06-08-2005, 07:56 PM
The DPI setting has nothing to do with your video card. It's a setting for the display properties of your desktop. It changes the size of the icons and their text. 96 dpi is the normal setting (actually shown as 'Small Fonts' in the dialog box), but some people crank up the screen area to 1600x1200 and this setting makes it hard to read the text. So you change the font size to 'Large Fonts' (120 dpi on my pc) and the text is more legible.

Other than that, as nordicus said, dpi has to do with printing and scanning. It never affects the way an image is shown on screen.