You Down With PPI? Yeah, You Know Me! Every Last Homey!
Anyone automatically start signing Naughty By Nature just now?? Haha ... I'm sure it's only me that thinks I'm funny ;) But are you down with ppi?? Do you even know what I'm talking about? If you are a photographer you are most likely clicking out of my blog right about *NOW* because you don't need a lesson on photo resolution ... but for those of you who are confused and also concerned about my mental state ... let's keep this going:
THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT RESOLUTION SETTINGS FOR IMAGES: 300 PPI and 72 PPI
(if there are other settings I don't know them ... so don't yell at me! haha) ppi or dpi - which stands for pixels per inch or dots per inch - is what is used to determine if it's print sized or web sized. If an image is sized at 300 ppi then it's a really bad idea to upload it to your website or blog. Why? Not only will your website probably reject it for being too large - but, if it does accept the image your website will run SUPER SLOWLY. You always want to make sure you are uploading only 72 ppi images to your website or blog and you also want to make sure the images you are uploading aren't MASSIVE.
HEATHER, HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW ALL THAT STUFF??
If you have a super sweet photographer who sends you files you can ask them:
So sorry to bug you, but can you tell me the best way to download web friendly versions of these images so I can blog them and brag about how awesome you are to work with?
Hopefully they'll lend you a hand so you can get the correct versions of the images. If you don't then you'll need to open the images on your computer to find out the sizing information. If you see 300 ppi then you will know not to use them for web purposes.
My preferred method for batch resizing and learning more about the images I have on file is to use Adobe Bridge ... but there are lots of software options out there for resizing and organizing your images.
I wrote a blog post about how to organize images for your events and weddings << which might be worth a read!