Photoshop Elements 10: Choosing Resolution for Print or Screen Images

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Photoshop Elements 10, you can select the right resolution for an image in the Image Size dialog box. To access the Image Size dialog box, choose Image→Resize→Image Size. When you print digital images or share them onscreen, choosing the right resolution for your output is of paramount importance. For a starting point, look over the recommended resolutions for various output devices:

Output Device Optimum Acceptable Resolution
Desktop color inkjet printers 300 ppi 180 ppi
Large-format inkjet printers 150 ppi 120 ppi
Professional photo lab printers 300 ppi 200 ppi
Desktop laser printers (black and white) 170 ppi 100 ppi
Magazine quality — offset press 300 ppi 225 ppi
Screen images (web, slide shows, video) 72 ppi 72 ppi