Calculate Your Print Size Instantly with the Pixel to Inches Calculator
Ready to order a print but need help converting pixels to inches? Just enter your image file’s pixel dimensions into the Pixel to Inches Calculator along with your desired resolution. If you are do not know your image’s pixel dimensions, scroll down and we’ll show you how to find it!
Enter Pixel Dimensions & Resolution
Resolution should be a number between 72 and 300. 300 will yield the best quality but a smaller print. Then enter how many pixels wide and how many pixels high your image file is. Read the information below this calculator tool to find out this information.
How to Find the Width and Height (In Pixels) of a Digital Image or Photograph
Often, the pixel dimensions of an image file will display on its own if you just hover your mouse over it. But if that doesn’t do it, follow the simple steps below.
Windows/PC: Right click the image file and select Properties and then the Details/Summary tab and look for your image dimensions there. Mac: Right click the image file and select “Get Info”. Your pixel dimensions show up under “dimensions” as ‘width x height’.
How to Choose the Resolution in DPI / PPI (Dots Per Inch/Pixel Per Inch)*
Most professionals will hover around 200 to 300 as a good number for print purposes. A resolution of 300 is standard for excellent professional results. Some software like web browsers use 72 as the PPI. For print, 72 is the minimum I recommend you will want to use and may still only yield mediocre results. With that said, many times even the professionals do not get a resolution much higher than 100-150 for their extremely large prints.
*One thing to note is not to get PPI confused with “Dots Per Inch” or DPI which people, including Bill Gates thinks is the same. Just so you know, and I know Windows refers to it as DPI as mentioned above, DPI is really the number of dots of ink a printer lays out on paper or canvas. On the other hand, PPI is not set in stone and can be changed. But if you change it, you also change the number of inches in width or height. I know that some computer programs will still use DPI when referring to PPI so just understand that with a digital file, there are not real “dots” but instead “pixels”. If you like DPI and want to call pixels dots then go ahead . We will get over it.
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6 Replies to “Convert Pixels to Inches”
The article states “200-300 as a good number””. Two hundred to 300 what?
I still don’t understand how to convert pixels to inches, or dots to inches. If they are not the same, why lump them together, then in the article tell folks they shouldn’t be considered the same. You seem to be adding to the confusion.
If the magic “calculator” figures this number, what mathematical formula does it use? Once I plug in the the numbers, but the result is smaller size than I want, what do I do to obtain a larger size with the appropriate ppi/dpi? What is most important – the dots or the pixels.
Great points. I tried to clarify some of this a little better just now but as far as pixels or dots, they tend to be used interchangeably. Some people understand “dots per inch” while others use “pixels per inch”. the CORRECT term is “pixels per inch”. Dots per inch really is applicable to the printer resolution which is a different topic.
The calculator’s math is actually quite simple. Take the number of pixels wide x pixels high and divide by the resolution (PPI).
1200 pixels / 150 PPI = 8 inches (1200/150=8)
1800 pixels / 150 PPI = 12 inches (1800/150=12)
if you were to change the resolution to something higher like 300 than you would get a difference size:
1200 pixels / 300 PPI = 4 inches (1200/300=4)
1800 pixels / 300 PPI = 6 inches (1800/300=6)
With digital images, the advantage of the higher resolution is a sharper crisper image but the drawback is a smaller one.
Thanks for all the info. My concern is how to translate a common iPhone photo ( who has a camera any more) into the appropriate size/pixels for submission to an online jury! I was instructed on a Mac using an older Adobe program. Needless to say, when I tried on my Hp laptop, it was not the same. Not only that, I can’t seem to access my newer photos with the latest operating system! So finding the pixels is just a small part of the problem! Surprised someone hasn’t developed an app!
Sadly, Apple and Android pretty much hide all that data. It can be found easily enough with a Google search but mobile interfaces are all about keeping a very simple interface which makes it difficult to locate info or find more advanced info. Maybe someone can chime in on a good app that provides this data.
Are there’s articles on what the settings need to be set at to upload to send to Finerworks from an art app such as Adobe Draw or the Procreate app?
No but thanks for the idea. Something we probably need to do.