Why would I need a hi-res photo?
High resolution photographs are ideal when you need to deliver crisp and clear content—the degree to what you need depends on your project and goal, but here are some examples:
If you’re creating a life-size poster, you want to ensure you’re working at a high-quality PPI or DPI – since larger images are going to require more details to avoid looking blurry. That said, if it is going to be viewed from a distance, intermediate resolution values can sometimes strike the right balance.
Artwork and fine photography
Depending on the type of artwork, a high resolution may better convey the subtleties of what you’ve created. It may be worth considering what the artwork will be used for and how it will be presented as well—for example will your fine art photography work be on display at showcases or exhibitions? Or will it go into a quality online portfolio?
If you’re producing landscapes or images of nature you want to catch all the details that bring those scenes to life. High-res photos can bring out the wonder and professionalism in what you capture.
When creating work for print, a high resolution is essential to ensure quality imagery. Images that go into print are usually a minimum of 300 DPI.
How can you tell if an image is high resolution?
There are a few easy checks you can perform to determine if an image is high resolution—the first one isn’t even too technical.
High quality images should be apparent from their quality, such as the visual clarity and lack of blurriness.
However, if you want to determine the detail of an image properly, then checking its DPI or PPI is the most exact method.
To do this in Photoshop open the image and then:
- Go to the ‘Image’ menu.
- Select ‘Image Size’
- Then ensure the resolution is 300 DPI/PPI or above.
Alternatively, you can check the file size by right-clicking and selecting properties on an image.