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I have a question that has been bothering me for a long time. I want to know what resolution you draw at?
I have been unsatisfied with the resolution i currently draw at, which at the moment is only as big as my 15 inch monitor can display. I would like to work in a much higher resolution so that i can draw details easier, but any resolution bigger than my monitor screen looks terrible zoomed out (way too pixel-ly).
I'm not sure if this is because my monitor just isn't big enough, or if the PPI is too low, or if anything just looks terrible re-sized?
- I posted a drawing below, that is about as big as i can draw without zooming out.
So do you work zoomed out?
When i draw zoomed out my lines are extremely pixel-ly, hard to see, and out of place. I just work exclusively in the "actual pixel" resolution.
I'm confused. Are you working at 100% size and then trying to zoom in to say 50%? Or something like 33%? Without getting too technical, programs prefer you use zoom numbers like 25/50/75...and look blurry if you go with numbers like 33/66, etc.
What program and resolution do you currently use?
Last edited by Mirana; April 1st, 2008 at 03:11 PM.
I am working a %100 size, and i don't zoom out at all (my lines become hard to see and pixel-ly)
I am using Photoshop Elements 4.0 and i am working at a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768.
When I work on finished illustration, I usually choose such resolution that with it's 50% of size it fills whole screen. (I have 21" monitor with 1680x1050 resolution) It never looked badly resized unless it's 33% or 66%. When it's some quick and sketchy speedpainting, it's usually 100% of size.
Okay...1024x768 is your pixel size (in this case, the size of your display), not resolution. Your "dpi" (dots-per-inch) is your res. I'm thinking that if you are working at 100% at your display size, then your res is going to be about 72dpi (the standard web-res size). If you take a look at your image under "Image Size" you should see a "pixel size," a "print size" and "resolution." I work around 150 to 300 in dpi, but it depends on what your computer will handle and how large your print size is.
Your zoom issue sounds like you are trying to work at those "weird" percentage sizes as I (and Farvus) tried to explain above. Scan your image with a larger dpi, and then when you zoom out to work, do so at 25/50/75. Compare that to what the sketch looks like at 33/66 and you'll see a difference.
I'm actually drawing directly into Photoshop with an Intuos tablet.
If i click on properties for one of my drawings it says that both the horizontal resolution and vertical resolution is 150 dpi, is this what you are in reference too?
I am not working in a weird zoom ratio, even at 75,50, or 25 the image looks terrible and pixel-ly.
-it sounds like i just need a new monitor really,really badly lol.
How many colors is your monitor set for? It's in the system prefs somewhere...
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I having trouble finding how many colors my monitor is set for, unless you are talking about color quality?
Windows: Settings > Control Panel > Settings > Display > Under "Colors"
(or thereabouts, anyway)
Otherwise, it should be somewhere in your Hardware settings.
I still can't find it.
Do you think that the color setting is my problem?
Thunderrobot, create image 3000x2000 pix @ 72dpi/300dpi (depends what cpu u have and ram) and start draw at 25% zoomed-out. then go to details by zooming in to 50%.
the issue here is anti-aliasing feature. both -- photoshop and painter have it, so you must to adopt it. at the beginning it is hard, try to control edges of your strokes, more soft edge have less pixelation... but be aware here, soft brushes will blur your image at the end, so use more hard edges of the brush. also, when u will resize down your picture, all lines will be smooth. don't start work at 100%, because it's the pain to draw details at 300%, or 400%.
hope it will help.
Last edited by teho; April 2nd, 2008 at 02:44 PM.
Thanks a lot guys,
I think i got it now, my cache levels were not high enough.