1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 30, 2013 12:50 AM by Terence Devlin
bardwell03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi. Can anyone tell me I it possible to up the dpi of a photo. Everyone on here keeps talking about it but I havnt a clue how to adjust it? Thanks

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011)
  • 1. Re: How to raise dpi
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,875 points)

    To "up" the dpi print at a smaller size.


    Short answer: the dpi is set when you decide what size you're printing at.


    Long Answer: Dpi means nothing in the digital world of your computer. There are no "inches" to have "dots per..." Size is measured in pixels. That's the same on your camera. It doesn't take 10 x 8 or 6 x 4 shots. It takes shots measured in megapixels. For instance 4,000 x 3,000 is a 12 megapixel camera.


    Using that example, that shot from that camera has 12 million pixels. So that's how many "Dots" there are. To decide the ratio of dots per inch, you now need to decide the "inches" part. And that's printing.  Print at 10 x 8 and the dpi will be 4,000/10 or about 400 dpi. At 6 x 4 then it's 4,000/6 or 660 dpi. Work the other way: Print at 300 dpi and the resulting image will be about 13 inches on the longer side.


    So, your photo as a fixed number of pixels. Changing the dimensions of the print will vary the dpi, changing the dpi will vary the dimensions of the print.


    For more see http://www.rideau-info.com/photos/mythdpi.html