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I'm just starting out using painer IX.5 and have some questions relating to size that I couldnt seem to find answers for else where on the forums.
1. What pixel size and dpi would you recommend I work in if I want to print out my work on roughly A2 size paper?
2. I wanted to also make wallpaer for my desktop so I tried 1024 x 768 at 300 dpi but even the smallest brush at 1.0 seemed to big for some of the details I was trying, what would you recommend?
3. I'v seen some imaculate work here and was wondering what size and dpi is the average people seem to work in for stuff being displayed here?
2.: always paint at 200% size for digital work. If you need to paint small details like eyes, you can zoom in without any pixelproblems. If you want to paint a 1024x768 wallpaper, paint it in 2048x1536 with 50% zoom. At the end, resize it again.
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A2 size at 300 DPI should be fine, don't forget that even when working at print size most of those small details don't print so don't bother with those too much.
1. 300 dpi at A2-size is ok for normal printing, but hight quality photoprinters often have a higher print-resolution and use 400 dpi instead. This can be helpful if you print your images for a presentation of job-interview.Originally Posted by Urban Pigmy
3. dpi doesn't matter when you show work on monitors. Computer-monitors have different resolutions. The 72dpi/ppi myth is wrong. Some 11" monitor once had 800px horizontally. That equals 72ppi. Nowadays, this doesn't . A 21" display with a resolution of 1600x1200px equals something around 96ppi. But that isn't relevant. A screen's smallest unit is a pixel. So if you put your image in a thread, the only important thing is the pixel-size (800px x 600px for example). A size of 800, maybe 1000 pixels horizontally should be max., firstly because you don't have to scroll horizontally when you're looking at it with a small screen (1024x768px), secondly because many users don't have broadband internet access and the loading times would be to high.