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Resolution and screen size??
Old 02-14-2009, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wondering what screen resolution is being most widely used by everyone, and what screen size?

I talked to a photographer today who has a new wide screen and the resolution is like 1600 x (something)! He sent me a screen shot of a web page and the jpgs appear very small compared to what I am seeing.

I believe he said he had a 24" Samsung monitor.
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Old 02-14-2009, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dual 22" at 1680x1050 each.

I would guess that few people are running at less than 1024x768 anymore, which is what even my little 12" laptop runs at.

This thread will tell you more. http://www.garageglamour.com/forums/...ize+resolution (Monitor resolution discussion ...)
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't speak for everyone but I bought a 22" HP w2207 LCD monitor to replace my 19" Viewsonic CRT monitor that I had forever when it finally died (and yes it was given a proper funeral with full honors for its long and faithful service) and I run my new monitor at its native resolution of 1680 x 1050.

From everything I have been told and have read it is not a good idea to run an LCD monitor at anything other than its native resolution due to issues with image quality and sharpness when you get outside of the native resolution.

I hope this helps.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the information. I can see why it is sometimes difficult to design a website that will look good on all monitors. I use 1024x768, because according to another poll , January 2008, only 38% are using anything higher. That means 62% are at 1024x768 or less.

The same poll stated that in January 2007 the numbers were 26% with resolution higher than 1024x768 and about 68% at that resolution or lower.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just purchased a 22" wide screen, and at 1680x1050, and the entire Web World looks drastically different. After adjusting the brightness and contrast (for regular viewing), and then creating a new color profile for Photoshop, I hope my prints will look exactly like what I have been getting for the last 8 years.

Hummm.. so far this year I had had ro replace my main camera, main monitor, my office phone........... where is my stimulus package?
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If I may be allowed to ask a question started by Mr. BenE that is along the same lines here. I was wondering about resolution as well, but not with regards to the deminsions as was mentioned before in the thread. When I first started in Photoshop some 15 years ago, CRT monitors of course, a monitor would have a resolution of 72ppi, with the advent and now common place of LCD monitors, is it still at 72ppi or has it increased with the technology?
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If I may be allowed to ask a question started by Mr. BenE that is along the same lines here. I was wondering about resolution as well, but not with regards to the deminsions as was mentioned before in the thread. When I first started in Photoshop some 15 years ago, CRT monitors of course, a monitor would have a resolution of 72ppi, with the advent and now common place of LCD monitors, is it still at 72ppi or has it increased with the technology?
I was hoping someone more knowledgeable than me would jump in on your question.

I did some figuring and came up with this:
My new LCD monitor is a 22", however it measures only 18" horizontally. Resolution is set at 1680x1050 . I used this formula 1680 divided by 18 = 93.33

A smaller CRT monitor is set to 1024x768, and measures 12' horizontally.
1024 divided by 12 = 85.3

Then I went to this url:
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/9427

The measurement of the graphic on my new LCD monitor was 6.5", which calculated at 92.31
On my small CRT monitor it measured 7", which calculated at 85.71

The difference is very negligible.... New LCD monitor; 93.33 and 92.31
small CRT monitor; 85.3 and 85.71


I hope this helps answer the question. It did help me understand more about monitor resolution.
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(...)When I first started in Photoshop some 15 years ago, CRT monitors of course, a monitor would have a resolution of 72ppi, with the advent and now common place of LCD monitors, is it still at 72ppi or has it increased with the technology?
I am not an expert in this field, either, but the PPI (sometimes called DPI, although not quite the same thing) setting in a digital image is just a numeric value in a metadata field. It can be changed with software to anything you like. It has no meaning until the picture is printed on paper. At this point, if picture size is set according to the PPI setting, the physical picture size in inches becomes (resolution in pixels) / PPI. When displaying a picture on-screen, almost all software will ignore the PPI setting and use a zoom factor (where 100% is one-to-one in terms of pixel resolution).

72 PPI is a common default value, 96 is another default value common these days. When importing screen dumps into a Word document (Word uses the PPI setting to scale the pictures on a page, although there is more to this), I usually set PPI to 144 before importing, which gives me readable fonts and does not produce giant images.

Publishers sometimes specify that a digital picture must have a certain minimum PPI to be accepted for printing on paper (e.g., in a magazine). However, this is obviously meaningless, and depends simply on the fact that these publishers do not understand the meaning of PPI in a digital image. If an image is rejected because of too low a PPI, simply change the value to whatever the publisher wants (which does not change the image quality in any way) and resubmit the file. Of course, if the problem is too low a resolution in pixels, rather than PPI, or a fuzzy image, this is a whole different thing that may require the picture to be re-shot.
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