Screen Resolution vs Print Resolution Infographic

In this post, I will show you what the difference is between Screen Resolution vs Print Resolution. If I had a nickel for every time a dear client sent me a 48 kb file photograph to insert into their business card, I can confidently say that I would be taking a yearly trip to Fiji. Here is my simple explanation on the difference between Print Resolution and Screen Resolution. Of course, you can google so many different theories that explain it much deeper and thoughtful than I, like this, this and this.

Screen Resolution

  • Purpose: Designing something for the Web (There is less information per square inch)
  • Colours: RGB (Red, Blue, Green)
  • Resolution: 72 DPI (Dots Per Inch)
  • File Size: Small
  • Medium: Desktop Screens, Mobile Screens, anything with a screen
  • File Types: JPG, PDF, GIF, PNG

Print Resolution

  • Purpose: Designing something for Print (There is more information per square inch)
  • Colours: CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)
  • Resolution: 240 – 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch)
  • File Size: Large
  • Medium: Posters, Billboards, Business Cards, Photographs, Brochures
  • File Types: AI, PSD, PDF, JPG, TIFF, EPS

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