The Basics of Image Resolution

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Image resolution is one of those topics that is deviously simple at a glance. But once you get into the topic, you realize that it becomes confusing quite quickly. This is why we are going to take you through the basics of image resolution. Familiarizing yourself with these basics is a great way to develop a better understanding on image resolution.

The Basics

  • You need to remember that when you are about to use a photo and do not know what resolution will suit your needs, always go for a bigger image. A bigger image will have a higher resolution. And a higher resolution can always be downscaled to match your requirements. However, a small image with a low resolution cannot be upscaled. Having a margin for error is always good. You can check out this website that explains well how to get large stock photos.
  • When you are designing any visuals or touching up an image, you will have to choose between different color profiles. Remember that you must always use RGB colors for images and visuals that will be used digitally. And for any image that is going to be printed, you should always choose the CMYK color profile. Using the right color profile makes a huge difference in the overall quality of your work.
  • Whenever you are working with an image, never delete the original copy. It often happens that during editing, you end up overwriting the original file. Once you make this mistake, there is no going back. So, always make a backup of an image’s original file before you begin working on it.

These are the three basic rules of image resolution that you need to keep in mind. With these in mind, you will have a lesser chance of making costly mistakes.