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What Exactly Do We Mean By "Image Resolution"?

When it comes to digital photographs, the term resolution refers to the clarity or sharpness of the image. Pixels are the basic measurement unit of digital images and are made up of small, colorful squares in every digital image. This is frequently expressed in image size, which refers to an image's dimensions as determined by the number of pixels in [width] x [height]. A resolution of 1000p x 500p, for example, corresponds to a rectangular image with a width that is double its height.

Low-resolution images appear pixelated or fuzzy. Detail is lost, and you're left with more generic color areas to look at. On the other side, higher resolutions provide more clarity. Higher quality photos are naturally preferred in rendering and animation to view details.

Resolution is often measured in pixels per inch when dealing with space (PPI). This refers to the number of pixels in an inch (2.544 cm) on a digital screen. Dots per inch is another term you may be familiar with (DPI). Although the terms are often used interchangeably, DPI refers to physical printing, specifically the number of color dots per inch of a printed photo.



Imagine being able to cover a 1000p x 1000p space with a 20PPI or 100PPI image, despite the fact that this may be confusing. Despite the fact that they both take up the same amount of space, the 100PPI image is more crisper. Although PPI can be used to define picture size, it can also be used to determine image size. In general, the higher the PPI, the larger the image may be without sacrificing quality.


Many photographs are now only viewable online or on the displays of smartphones and computers. When it comes to websites, the smartest decision you can make is to avoid overdoing quality in order to reduce the time it takes for your site to load. This will improve the user's experience with your website. In terms of optimization, compressing your photographs to the exact size you want them to be is beneficial.

For printing, however, a higher resolution is advised in order to produce high-quality photographs. The printing standard is 300ppi, whereas 72ppi is sufficient for web use.

The requirement for exceptionally high resolutions on big-scale printing poses challenges, as it is impossible to make images that are outrageously enormous. Rendering software, system memory, and file size will almost certainly cause issues. The ideal solution is to start with a high PPI and then scale down when you've finished editing. It wouldn't make sense to generate a high-resolution image whose digital scale corresponds to its physical size, because billboards aren't typically viewed up close. When a printed image is intended to be seen from a distance, high resolution is usually not required.

In fact, the DPI you can utilize depends on how close you want the target viewer to be. The lower the minimum DPI, the further away the viewer is.

Images that can be held in the palm of one's hand (brochures, fliers, etc.)

DPI of 200+

Images that are observed from a distance of about 2 meters (posters, etc.)

Approximately 100 DPI

Images that are viewed from a distance of roughly 10 meters (billboards, etc.)

Approximately 20 DPI


The resolution of your animation is determined by its intended purpose and the type of screen on which it will be displayed. Naturally, something that will be shown on a projector or in a cinema will require a greater resolution than something that would be seen on a laptop. If you've ever seen a video, you've probably come across terms like 1080p, 720p, or 480p. The height of the video is indicated by these values.

For example, the high-definition standard 1080p refers to a video resolution of 1920p x 1080p. 720p refers to a resolution of 1280p x 720p, while 480p refers to a resolution of 640p x 480p. The common standard for architecture-related animation is 1080p. Increases in animation resolution, of course, increase the time it takes to render by a factor of ten. With regard to these things, expectations should be set in terms of resolution and working time.

3D Objects with Texture

Texturing 3D objects jobs are typically based on the proportion of an image's final size to the fraction of the image taken up by the textured surface. A texture size of at least 500 × 500 would be required for a 1000p x 1000p image with 50% of the image taken up by the textured item. It's also important to consider how close or far a textured 3D surface is to the camera in order to assure its quality. Because texturing frequently entails changes to an object's color, shine, roughness, and other properties, it's best to provide enough room for resolution to ensure that it looks authentic.


In 3d Rendering World, it is important to know the size or resolution of image you are looking for your project. As it affects the quality of the image on where you will use it whether for presentation, for permit purpose or for web uploads only.

Architects, designers, engineers, planners, and others use 3D renders. When working on an architectural project, renderings assist bring all of these diverse people's perspectives together, facilitating communication and collaboration.

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