The ultimate guide to image resolution

image resolution
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‘Image resolution’ is a term that crops up repeatedly in the creative industry, but can often leave people scratching their heads – isn’t dpi a type of policeman? Why is my 300dpi image blurry? Isn’t there a special button to upscale any image?

As with any subject, beginners pick up fragments of information that will help them muddle by and get stuff done. But many projects been negatively impacted by a lack of understanding of image resolution.

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Matt Smith
Designer and Video Producer

Matt has worked for various publishing houses and design agencies, covering studio photography, video production, editorial design, branding, illustration and motion graphics. He currently works for Future PLC with brands such as T3, Woman&Home, Marie Claire, Music Week, TechRadar, Golden Joysticks, Cycling Weekly, Brand Impact Awards, Horse&Hound and Tech&Learning. In the past he has designed titles including Mac|Life, IQ, Bow International, Drummer, iDrum, Acoustic, Clay Shooting, Sea Fishing and GunTradeNews. He has experience across the full Adobe Suite and is currently spending a lot of time creating projects in Blender and After Effects.