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Old 09-16-2014, 10:35 AM
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Default Budding Designer Basics - Packaging

Is there anywhere I can find the basics of how to package a kit? I've been told a finished kit cover is 300x300 at 72 dpi. Do you design it at a bigger size and then bring it down. If so, how do you change the dpi from 300 to 72 on PSE 9. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:52 PM
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The cover page or what is also known as the Preview would be 600px X 600px at 72dpi when you upload it to the gallery. I always Flatten it to make sure that the shadows don't go wonky. Create it at 300dpi and resize when you are done by going to Image>Resize>Image size... make your changes to the 600X600 72dpi in that dialog box. Then Save for the Web which is File>Save for Web... and make sure it is saved as a jpg.
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Thanks, Sue. I think I can do it now.
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Hi all, just for general information and clarification on this subject, when you resize your images to 600 x 600 there is no need to fool with the ppi. When you use Photoshop or PSE to "Save for Web" the ppi will automatically be reduced to 72 because that is the display size for the web. Also, dpi is "dots per inch" and pertains to the amount of ink your printer uses in each inch of the printout, but monitor display settings are measured in ppi which is pixels per inch. The measurements do not correspond to each other.

The topic is quite complex, but these are the basics. Hope you find this additonal info helpful.
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I realize this comment was made last year BUT I'm so pleased to see someone noting the difference between dpi and ppi, that I just had to acknowledge the post.

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Hi all, just for general information and clarification on this subject, when you resize your images to 600 x 600 there is no need to fool with the ppi. When you use Photoshop or PSE to "Save for Web" the ppi will automatically be reduced to 72 because that is the display size for the web. Also, dpi is "dots per inch" and pertains to the amount of ink your printer uses in each inch of the printout, but monitor display settings are measured in ppi which is pixels per inch. The measurements do not correspond to each other.

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I realize this comment was made last year BUT I'm so pleased to see someone noting the difference between dpi and ppi, that I just had to acknowledge the post.
LOL...yes, people mix these two things up all the time don't they?
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I just have to add my 5 cents (inflation) ...

The only time dpi or ppi really matters is when you are printing. For the web, no matter what the dpi or ppi, the browser goes by the pixel size. However, when printing, the dpi/ppi has an effect on the size in inches.

For example, something that's 600x600x72 ppi is seen by the printer as being 8.33 x 8.33 inches. An image that is 600x600x300 ppi is seen as being 2 x 2 inches.

This is something I continually have to remind my husband about when he's going nuts trying to print a photo that he gotten via email (or his phone) and it comes out too big because it's ppi is typically 72. This was also the biggest thing I had to learn when I started designing. All the scripts I had created to work with my images had to be updated because they were set to save them at 72 ppi. That's because I did a lot of web/application programming and that's what we worked with.
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