raeistic said: THANK YOU for not putting a pixel size + DPI number together. It’s INCHES + DPI. Shows you know what you’re talking about ;D

You know what, when I first saw this comment, I thought to myself, “….isn’t it how it is anyways? I mean, why would you put in “dots per inch” without the inch? xD;”

but just now, i read a whole bunch of comments on a blog where someone asked about canvas sizes, and SO MANY people were replying with things such as, “4000x4000 at 300 dpi” or “2000x2000 at 200dpi”. 

and I guess not everyone quite understands what dpi’s really used for xD. 

DPI is actually used for printing purposes. It shows the printer how much pixels to print per inch, literally. A common printer (at home or even at a lot of printing stores) at best prints at 150dpi most of the time actually; there are some super duper great printers that can print REALLY fine that can go up to ….apparently a LOT more #dpi, so that’s why everyone usually suggests saving your project at 300dpi, to satisfy the finest-pixel-abled printer, because anything above that is a little overkilling it. 

so say I have a canvas at 5400 x 3600px, it literally means that I have a canvas that can be printed on a 18 x 12 inch paper at 300 dpi. If I have a 5400 x 3600px canvas at 200dpi, that pixels of the canvas don’t change, but the inches on the physical paper can change to 27x18 inches when it comes to printing it. The canvas pixels aren’t going to change just because you have it at 200dpi, so putting 200dpi, 300dpi or even 800dpi, it isn’t going to make a difference digital canvas-wise.

Either put down how big it is in pixels (because you don’t REALLY need the 300dpi if you’re not printing it out), or if you have an intention of printing it out, do it in inches (or cm, if that’s what you’re used to) with a dpi attached.

Even photoshop makes it clear - The pixels are in the “Pixel-dimention” section, and the inches/cm/mm/etc and dpi is under the “Document-size” section.

I hope I made sense and cleared up some misconceptions about dpi and canvas sizes :). ….and i hope i didn’t make a mistake here hahaha;;;.

sorry if i sounded like a know-it-all v_v;; i guess the comments pet-peeved me a little D;~…

damn, i wrote a lot; sorry, bad habit D:~!

I know you understand file resolution... but let me explain what file resolution is to you.

So I’m a digital artist and have been for years. I know how to use a menagerie of different programs such as Coral Painter, Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, and I know these programs like the back of my hand. I can produce pretty much any kind of digital work, from vectors to website layouts to straight digital paintings.

I’ve also been making prints of my artwork for years for conventions and for clients, and of various different sizes (including 12 foot tall banners and a comic book), so dpi and file resolution are something I have to understand, otherwise I would not be able to do these things.

Today I went to pick up some prints I had ordered from Costco. 
Now, I print through Costco all the time and I’ve been a regular customer at the print and copy center for years. They have pretty dang great service and they’re cheap, which is why I keep coming back.

However, there is one guy (about the same age as me, maybe a bit younger) working at that particular store who has been a straight up douche to me on a number of occasions. One time in particular was when he refused to give me my prints even though I had my ID and order number. Apparently, according to him, it was because the Costco membership I used to place the order was in my mother’s name. And even though we share the same last name, he still would not give them to me. I ended up having to get the manager, who then finally let me have my prints.

Anywho, today I didn’t see him working, and I was able to pick up my prints with no problems.

When I got into my car and had a peek, I noticed one of the images were printed with such a ridiculously high level of contrast you could barely make out the image at all. I know for a fact this was not what I had sent in to be printed, and that something got fucked up.
I requested something called auto-correction on all of the prints to slightly enhance contrast, and every single time I’ve had no problems with this added feature. I figured this was a fluke and that their computer did something funny.

So I went back to the print center, and lo and behold, Asshole McGee is working the desk there.

I calmly said to him “I just bought these an hour ago and that all of the prints were fine except this one image.” I pulled the print out to show him what I was talking about.

He took the print, looked at it, and then said “You know, if you send in low resolution images, this is the kind of thing that can happen.”

I was really surprised, because I knew for a fact the resolution of that particular file was way above 300dpi (and I NEVER do anything smaller than this), and this print itself was only 4x6”.

So I said, “The file resolution isn’t the problem here, it’s the contrast. It’s so high it looks like the entire image is one solid color.”

To which he replied, “Let me explain resolution to you, basically when you print something that is low resolution, the pixels get distorted and the image looks bad.”

And I’m thinking to myself, what the fuck does this guy take me for? I literally just explained to you it’s not the resolution, and even to someone who doesn’t know much about printing or digital images you can easily tell the contrast is too fucking high. But somehow I guess me pointing this out to him makes him think I don’t know what I’m talking about.

So then I looked him right in the eye and said “The file is 600dpi on an 8-bit RGB color mode. So like I said, it’s definitely not the file or the resolution that’s causing this problem. It’s the contrast. Maybe you can try turning off the auto-correction and see if the contrast stabilizes.”

He looked at me, and just goes “oh.” Then he turns around and re-prints the image without auto-correction and LE GASP the image was then totally fine.

Then I strutted out of there with my prints and I felt great.

Here is an interesting comparison between the 600 DPI full res version of the comic on the left, compared to a web-sized version of the comic on the right.  Click on the image to see the differences :)

Egypt is using surveillance to monitor Facebook, Twitter and Skype

Egypt is using surveillance to monitor Facebook, Twitter and Skype

This is not the first time we hear of a country monitoring their people. Russia, Syria and Iran all do the same thing and just recently the NSA was caught spying on its own civilians in the United States. A recent Buzzfeed report, seems to have caught the Egyptian government in the act. Using Deep-packet inspection, which is one of the most invasive ways to monitor data going across the internet.…

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That was literally the most terrifying 15 minutes of my life.

I feel like I answered everything really well, and I only rambled on one question that I wasn’t expecting - it was one of those open-ended prompts along the lines of, “Is there anything else you want me to know about you?” and I was like “UH HERE ARE SOME THINGS GOSH I HOPE THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR???”

And then it ended with her emphasizing just how competitive these internships are… which I know they have to say to everyone but it still made me understandably nervous. So I think I’m going to apply to the DCP as a back-up. That way I’ll be going to Disney no matter what, it’ll just be the difference of starting in June or in August (and obviously what I’d be doing, haha).

But hey. I did my best. That’s all I can do!

Now… I just have to wait.


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Your professor is right in a sense: you can’t blow up digital work and expect a sharper image.  A little math: Each image is just a grid of colored pixels.  When a computer makes a picture 2 times as big, 1 pixel becomes 4 pixels.  The computer then guesses what color to fill in those 3 new pixels, and sometimes it makes pretty bad guesses.

However, there are plenty of ways to avoid that effect.  Mostly just draw at the resolution you want to print (I work at 300ppi).  The computer is better at guessing pixel color when downsizing (averaging 4 pixels down to 1).  However, this makes for huge files (especially when you multiply by the number of layers).

We don’t all have supercomputers.  What I’ve discovered is, when printing, you can get away with up to half the dpi (150 ppi).  Printers work by squirting dots of ink on paper, and these dots are often bigger than screen pixels.  So whether you work at 200ppi or 300ppi, there’s not much difference because the ink dots can’t get any smaller.  What you are printing on can also affect your lowest dpi: rougher, more absorbent papers or canvas will let you get away with a lower dpi because the ink dots will naturally bleed no matter what.

Personally, I’d say your professor is being “stupid" to say SAI and PS are "stupid."  What’s "smart" is to know the limitations and capabilities of your materials - whether digital or traditional!