# New to graphic design...

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Hello! I'm using paint.net for making fliers. The issue I'm having is apparently I'm saving my work not big enough for print. I've been told to save my work at 300 DPI but I don't see where I can make that change. Help! Flier sizes are normally 11 x 18 inches.

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You can change the resolution by going to "Image>Canvas Size." There is the image's height and width, but also the DPI or resolution.

You were told correctly; the higher the resolution, the better the image will appear when printed.

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Multiply the size in inches by 300 and you'll get the image size in pixels.

11 x 300 = 3300

18 x 300 = 5400

Thank you

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Multiply the size in inches by 300 and you'll get the image size in pixels.

11 x 300 = 3300

18 x 300 = 5400

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If this is so then why does the UI state that for 8.5" x 11" is 2550 px x 3300px and print size is 25.56" x 34.38"   ?

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8.5 x 300 = 2550 and 11 x 300 = 3300 correct.

RE: 25.56" x 34.38" I'm not sure where these figures came from. Have you set the DPI to 300? Are you looking at a unit of centimeters?

Our poster stated the finished print size (11" x 18") and the resolution (300DPI). It's a simple multiplication.

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Ok, with the dpi set at 300 I get the correct read out for 8.5 x 11 . I asked because my problem was the same as the author of the thread,just a different measurement and I wasn't getting the right read out for print size. How do you determine what dpi you need in different applications?  Is there a chart or something somewhere?  Thanks for the info.

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If you're wanting a high quality print - a good guide is 300 dpi (as a minimum). Commercial print houses generally ask for this resolution - so I recommend it for commercial print jobs.

96 DPI is the resolution of most 'regular' monitors. Printed at this resolution, an image generally looks awful. Trust me.

For home use the range of 150 to 200 DPI is generally acceptable. Of course higher = better quality.

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Thank you very much for the info.

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