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  03 March 2011
Resolution Question

This is a super basic, and very noobish question, but what pixels per inch resolution should I use for highest quality of 2D stills? Much thanks in advance!
 
  03 March 2011
Quote: This is a super basic, and very noobish question, but what pixels per inch resolution should I use for highest quality of 2D stills? Much thanks in advance!


Short answer is large enough for your purposes (and some reserve just in case).

Pixels per inch is the number of pixels per inch in your image. Has an effect when you are printing the image. So if you have 300 x 300 pixel image and print it with 100 ppi you get 3" x 3" image, but if you print it whit 300 ppi you'll get 1" x 1" image.

300ppi is quite regularry used for print work for photos and other such images, so if you want to make for example a poster with 11.69 x 16.54 (A3) size you will need 3507x4962 pixel image (and probably some reserve for bleed). But you can also get away with some less depending on the imge and the viewing distance of the print. For example some outside bilboards could go easily with something like 90-150 ppi, so not so insane image sizes even when the print size is huge.

Some matte painters (and probably some other digital painters too) use sometimes douple resolutions to be able to paint the details better, have some cropping or moving reserve and when you shrink back to the target size everything comes together nicely (and you may also get away with some faster work).

More about the subject here: http://www.andrewdaceyphotography.com/articles/dpi/ or here: http://desktoppub.about.com/lr/resolution/372279/1/

Just don't start too small, since it is a shame to do a lot of work and find out that it should have been larger. You can always downsample. On the other hand you need to work with some sizes that your computer can handle ans sometimes too mutch is just an overkill.
 
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