[scribus] Gimp/Scribus issues

Jeffrey Silverman jeffrey.d.silverman at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 17:18:23 CET 2009

I know what DPI means quite well.

The reason why I don't tend to use it is that I see it misused so
often. Specifically, I see it used in an out-of-dimensional context.
I.e. without a final size reference (the "per inch" part).

Such as saying an image is 300dpi but not mentioning the final print
size. Or saying that an image is 72DPI on screen. DPI is not really
relevant when it comes to use on the web and I think it is often
misused. The only thing relevant for web use is the actual pixel size
of the final image. There is no "per inch" context on the web.

In reality, the example/rule of thumb I gave *does* have a DPI
context, but I just didn't say it that way. But I did include the
"dots" and the "per inch" components.


On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:
> Jeffrey Silverman wrote:
>> Also, if this document is going to print, make sure any images you use
>> are big enough resolution-wise. Say, general rule of thumb, like
>> 1500px wide minimum for an image that is goint to print at around 4"
>> wide.  (I don't like using the term "dpi" because it is so often
>> misused and misunderstood)
> Nonetheless, DPI is where it's at.... "Big enough" and "resolution" are not
> the same thing.
> In Properties > Image, you would in most cases want 300 DPI for images, in
> some cases as low as 150 DPI may suffice, for web 72-96 is Ok.
> For a high-quality photographic book, you may want higher than 300.
> See:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Images_-_PPI_and_DPI
> Greg
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