Finished Artwork/Image Resizing for Low Resolution

Image Resizing for Low Resolution

There are good reasons to make a low resolution copy of your finished artwork. For instance, small files are much easier to send and receive. But more importantly, a low-resolution image can be a deterrent to an unethical Internet thief who wants to appropriate your artwork as their own, and use it on prints, mugs, and t-shirts to make money at your expense.

Adding a copyright symbol or name to your copy of your Finished Artwork doesn’t work as well as you think it might. It is fairly easy to remove it in PhotoShop and you wouldn’t know it was ever there.

However, prints, mugs, and t-shirt companies all require an image with a minimum of 200 dpi, preferably 300 dpi. If your image is 72 dpi to 150 dpi, it will be unusable for them. But it will be very good for viewing on your website, Facebook, Instagram, and wherever else you want it to appear.

Here is an image of Hunter at 150 dpi, 4 inches x 4 inches. If you zoom in, it is still pretty sharp.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 12.42.50 PM

It is nice and clear for viewing on a monitor, but inadequate for printing, etc.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 12.50.19 PM

I took my high resolution image and did this, in this order:

  1. I changed the resolution from 300 dpi to 150 dpi
  2. I changed inches to pixels
  3. I changed the width to 600 pixels, which is about 4 inches wide

You could also change it to 72 dpi if you want, but it wouldn’t be as good.


You are working with your finished high resolution image here. I will save it as HunterLR.jpg so I know it is my low resolution copy for posting on the web. If you simply hit “Save” here, it will overwrite your high resolution image and you will have to start all over.

When an image is downsized, it cannot be improved to 300 dpi again.





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