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When working with graphic designers, the chances you'll come across some form of Design Lingo - or design-focused jargon - is very high. As the Client, you do not need to know everything about these concepts, but you will need to know the minimal basics to provide your designer with the necessary materials for your project.
This post highlights three of the biggest, most commonly-used terms in graphic design.
DPI stands for "Dots Per Inch" and measures the quality of an image file. This is important when you're considering what you're going to do with the image. The greater the DPI, the more detail your image has. It is also important to note that high DPI also means larger filesizes.
If you're going to print the image in a brochure, pamphlet, or flyer of some sort, you want 300 DPI. This is the standard for printer-quality resolution files, and applies to your typical home office printer as well as professional print shops.
How to get it:
If you're publishing for the web, you don't need high resolution images because all that does is kill your website's bandwidth and annoy your visitors with unnecessarily large files. 144 DPI is one choice for web resolution images.
144 DPI is also commonly used for large print jobs, such as 10-foot high posters and banner ads.
Large print jobs have a smaller DPI requirement because 300 DPI becomes too large, clunky, and full of unnecessary detail. If you ever walk up to a billboard or a huge poster print, you'll notice that the resolution on those things is actually pretty poor. This is because your audience is usually standing from too far away to care about the image quality.
72 DPI is the unofficial standard for low-res, web-quality images. If you're publishing a website, and its layout requires images, chances are those images are set to 72 DPI. It's small, decent quality, and loads very very fast.
Allen M @ Saturday, August 20, 2011 -- 8:49 amThanks for this, especially the dpi part. Very useful.