How to Find DPI (Digital Resolution – Dots Per Inch) of an Image or Picture

Find an Image or Picture DPI (Digital Relution – Dots Per Inch)

DPI (Digital Relution - Dots Per Inch) of an Image or Picture

There are many different ways to find an image or picture DPI (dots per inch) out of a design application or online live tool. We will provide you full details on how to get it done either way. If you don’t have photoshop installed on your computer, no need to worry, there are other simpler ways to get this done.

But first. if you still don’t know what an image DPI really is, let us clarify that for you. DPI means, how many dots of color are you going to fit within a square inch of design space. You have seen a similar type of resolution format a million times before. Especially when you see a video on NetFlix or YouTube, they get you to choose between 1080p or 780p. These are just two of the most popular resolution for youtube video streaming, it will vary depending on the quality of your internet speed. This 1080p tells youtube you want a high quality of image 1080 PIXELS PER SQUARE INCH. Remember that a video is made up of several images in consecutive order, often seen at 24 pictures per second or 30 images per second depending on the video. The higher the quality of these images, the best the video will look when playing.

Instructions With Photoshop

  • Open any picture or image
  • Wait until it loads completely (larger files takes longer times)
  • On the top layer of menu tools click “image”
  • Within the dropdown of options, click “image size”
  • “Resolution” data could be 72 or 300 which are the standard for pictures.

Photoshop as a professional tool allows you to see the change in the pixel ratio as you change the resolution of the fil. That way you see immediately the effects caused by the resolution changes. Also, you could choose DPI resolution by another measure there as Centimeters instead of Inches.

Instructions With MS-Paint (Windows)

  • On Windows 7 and up, hit the left-button Windows flag
  • Type down “Paint” and wait
  • The application should show on the search result, click it
  • Right at the top tools, there is an option called “ReSize”, click on it
  • Then you can change the image resolution by increasing or decreasing the size

Unfortunately with Windows Paint, as a base application, no direct DPI resolution tool is available, but the same effects are taken into count when the size of the image is changed.

Instructions With Online Tools

  • First, search on google for “online tool change image resolution”
  • Look out for and click on it
  • On the top of the page select your desired final DPI
  • Upload the image or picture
  • It will automatically download afterward

Not all online tools could be trusted, so please stick to the ones recommended here to avoid possible virus and hacking malware. This online application is really straight forward but remember, that the quality gained for the new picture will not be as good as if you used a professional design application instead.

There are millions of other tools that will change the resolution of your image, but these are just simpler and easier ways to accomplish it. If you wish to increase the image resolution without losing further quality, please read our previous article about that topic here.


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How to Make a Vector Image in Photoshop?

Vectoring in Photoshop


There are many ways to draw lines for a new and fresh design in Photoshop, most popular methods are drawing it (dropping ink into the empty canvas) or just drawing a vectorized object. To draw with ink, just select the pencil tool, color and draw at free will, but to make a vector image in Photoshop, it’s a very different method. There are many benefits on creating vectorized objects in Photoshop and we will disclose these in the following paragraphs.

In this video, we will explain how to create a vector object vs creating a pixelated object. Also will increase and decrease the image resolution so you notice the clear advantages each of them has. Notice that both circles are created within the same boundaries, inside the same sized canvas. As soon as you start playing with the size of the image, the vector object keeps all its possible quality. Unfortunately, you will notice that the pixel circle will fade with every change. Thanks to Photoshop technology, the circle don’t lose out too much quality on each jump, but the difference is noticeable.


Step By Step for Windows Version of Photoshop

  • 1st step, open Photoshop on your Windows computer. Remember that MAC and SmartPhone versions of Photoshop are not similar, functions vary from version to version. This is why we are dividing the instructions as per console.
  • 2nd step, create a new image for testing vectoring, for this step, we rather create a very small image to start it off, so then we can enlarge it and see the vectoring importance. a 300×300 pixels image would be good enough for this testing.
  • 3rd step, select the vectoring creation tool and make sure it has no border color, filled with black. create a small circle-shaped vector object. Leave enough space for another circle just as big as the one you just drew.
  • 4th step, take the pencil and modify the size and strength of it to match the circle we just created. Strenght to the maximum and the circle size to match the vector circle we created first. Drop a point of drawing next to the other circle.
  • 5th step, now we have 2 beautiful and perfect circles to play around. Increase the size of the canvas to 2,000 pixels by 2,000 pixels. Now zoom in to the edge of both of the circles to notice how they got optimized for the new size.
  • 6th step, Now decrease the canvas size to 50×50 pixels (very small size). Zoom in to the edge of the circles and take another look.
  • 7th step, Re enlarge the image to at least 500×500 pixels, zoom in and out to notice how pixels lost all their quality while the vector maintains the same aspect as the beginning.

The Final Results:

This was a very simple test just to prove how the vectoring works in Photoshop, how they maintain their quality, benefits and to confirm there are no downsides on creating a vector object against a pixelated image.

There is much other application that can do the same functions as Adobe Illustrator, tutorials might be found online for these applications as well. We decided to use Photoshop as it is the most popular tool among designers and professionals. At the same time is also our favorite for the last decade.


How to Change the Resolution of a Picture Without Photoshop

Image Resolution Change Without Photoshop (Warning)

change-picture-resolution-without-photoshopThe first thing we want to advise our readers, in other words, warn you about! Is that flat images (none vectorized) like JPG, PNG, BMP will not increase their quality just by increasing their resolution in a design app. You will just enlarge the canvas of the image and get the smaller pixels blurred out by the increase of size (if the application you are using is good enough). If you have a vectorize PDF or Editable file, the story changes drastically and you may change the resolution of the design for bigger or smaller without losing quality at all.

That being said, there are many different and practical ways to change the resolution of an image file, some easier than others. As we understand that not everybody uses vectorized files for resolution change, we will start up talking about regular flat images resolution increase and decrease options. In this article, we will talk first on the easiest way to change the resolution to decrease the file size, then we will escalate on how to increase resolution without messing up the image.

Lower Picture Resolution with Whatsapp

Maybe you already noticed that your cellphone takes amazing high-resolution quality pictures with extensive zoom capabilities without losing resolution quality. That high quality and broad zoom availability come thanks to bigger MegaPixels that are becoming so popular these days. Even the Samsung Galaxy s5 (5 years old smartphone) came with an amazing 15 MP camera, by 2019, the new hype is going for 48+ MP.

But what happens when you take that same picture and send it to a friend thru chat/SMS application? The chat application automatically lowers the resolution/quality of the picture to a minimum acceptable size so the image can still look good, but it might carry just 1/16 of its original size. This is for great help to make our sending and receiving files a lot faster, even when loosing most of the resolution of the picture.

Whatsapp also has options on how much resolution you want to reduce at the time of sending an image or picture, that can be changed on local settings. There you decide how much compression for your picture you wish it to compress it.

So, the file that your recipient got, but at the same time, you also have that lowered resolution picture on your phone, you just need to open that picture directly from the conversation and hit “share”, send it to your email, then download it and you are done!

Lower Picture Resolution with CellPhone Screenshot


People use Screen Capture or Screenshot all the time on computers and smartphones, for many different reasons. This time we can use screen capture to reduce any picture or image quality to the size of a SmartPhone screen resolution, maybe the simplest way available. The file with the reduced resolution picture is created right at the instant you hit the screenshot buttons, the file is saved on cellphone ScreenShot internal folder. The same situation happens here, the picture resolution gets reduced up to 95% allowing you to have a lighter version of the same picture ready to be sent anywhere without effort and big bandwidth data waste.

The downside with this method is that you are limited to the options you got on how much resolution you want the file to loose as it will all depend on the screen size. Still, if you want it to lose further resolution, just open the image first, zoom out a bit with your fingers, then with your other fingers shoot the screenshot. This will make the image even smaller. Now open the image out of the screenshot folder and crop it so you get rid of all the side blank spaces.

Lower Picture Resolution with Any Windows Computer


All windows computer since the 1990s came with a little integrated program called “Paint”. This tool became so popular for regular and easy picture editions and resolution changes that when they tried to discontinue the application, later had to return it back to windows as people were asking for it like crazy.

To lower or increase a picture resolution with Paint, it is a very straight forward process. First, locate the Paint app on your Windows computer, Paint display may change on different versions of Windows but the resolution changer will always be called “Resize” and can be found on the top of the app or within the “TOOLS” menu. Here you may increase or reduce the picture resolution by percentage or by typing down the exact amount of pixels required.

As simple as it is, now you can just save the file with a different name to recognize the difference in resolution for your picture. Remember that you can increase the resolution of your picture but it will not increase the quality at all, just the size of it. If you want to increase the resolution and the quality, keep reading.

Change Picture Resolution With an Online Live Tool

Within a few seconds of searching in GOOGLE, we found a very simple but effective picture resolution changer website that offers this as an online tool for you to use on the fly without downloading anything. In this particular case, we found this site: that will not just allow you to change the resolution of your picture, but it will also allow you to crop and rotate it as well.

Additional options are available to edit your images, like making the background transparent, change the file type to PNG, JPG, among others. Last but not least, there is also a compression selector that will allow you to decide the final resolution for your picture before saving it.

Ask a Friend Near You to Change the Resolution For You

Another option that can not be taken for granted is asking a friend for help. Maybe you know someone that uses a computer often and know exactly the purpose and reason why you need to change the resolution on a picture and will do that for you free of cost and with precise results.

Increase Picture Resolution Without Lossing Quality (WHATTT?)

If your plan is to increment and the resolution of a picture but don’t want to lose quality or make it look blurry after the resize. There is an additional option that you will love. It is called AI (Artificial Intelligence) Image Enhance, with this machine learning application you may increase an image resolution up to 600% without losing the sharpness and quality of the picture. This is thanks to regenerated and rearranged pixels by the AI software.

There are a few apps out there that will do the same work for you, some in an efficient way some in very inefficient ways. We could not test all there are available, but for sure we found some good PAID and FREE options for AI image enlargement tools.

  • Paid option:


Enlarging your image without losing detail has always been impossible… until now. Upscale your photos by up to 600% while perfectly preserving image quality.

  • FREE option


Let’s Enhance is a Ukrainian start-up which develops an online service driven by artificial intelligence which allows improving images and zooming them without losing quality. According to the developers, they used the super-resolution technology of machine learning.

Any Good Printing Company Will Do It For Free If You Place An Order

There are printing companies like that will do this for you really cheap or even for Free if you are planning on placing an order with them. Don’t be shy and ask around, there is an option called “Free Design Proof” that will get your design checkup before you even pay for it.


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