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Chapter 28. Optimizing Web Images > Optimizing Resolution

Optimizing Resolution

An image file's resolution determines the size of its pixels: the higher the resolution, the smaller the pixels and therefore the sharper the image. The more pixels you have, however, the heavier the image becomes, and the longer it takes to download.

In the world of print graphics, higher resolution is almost always better than lower resolution. But in Web graphics, the display capability of monitor screens puts a tight constraint on image resolution. Windows monitors display at 96 ppi (pixels per inch), which is actually fairly low-res. Macintosh monitors are even lower, at 72 ppi. In the spirit of cross-platform compatibility, the resolution of 72 ppi has emerged as the standard for Web images, even though the vast majority of monitors can display at the slightly higher benchmark of 96 ppi.


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