Written by: Vivian Orr, Communications & Publications Coordinator

Why are we always asking for high resolution images? What does that mean?


Excellent questions! The Internet is your friend, but sometimes it helps to have someone pick out the most appropriate information. As your SCC Communications and Publications Coordinator I have spent some time finding good explanations for you.


This first link gives a clear, not too complex explanation with a helpful chart at the end:

The Difference Between High and Low Resolution Images


Image Size


Do you want a more in-depth discussion with a chart that includes file sizes? Check out this link:

Explaining Digital Image Resolution, Effective Resolution and How They Affect the Appearance and Quality of Digital Images



Image Dimensions in Pixels Printed Size (W x H) Approximate File Size (CMYK Tiff)
600 x 400 pixels 2” x 1.33” 938K
640 x 480 pixels 2.13″ x 1.6″ 1.17 Mb
600 x 600 pixels 2” x  2” 1.37 Mb
800 x 600 pixels 2.67″ x 2″ 1.83 Mb
1024 x 768 pixels 3.41″ x 2.56″ 3 Mb
1280 x 960 pixels 4.27″ x 3.20 4.7 Mb
1200 x 1200 pixels 4” x 4” 5.5 Mb
1600 x 1200 pixels 5.33″ x 4″ 7.32 Mb
1800 x 1200 pixels 6″ x 4″ 8.24 Mb
2100 x 1500 pixels 7″ x 5″ 12 Mb
2400 x 1600 pixels 8” x 5.33” 14.6 Mb
3000 x 2400 pixels 10″ x 8″ 27.5 Mb
3300 x 2550 pixels 11” x 8.5” 32.1 Mb


Feeling geeky? Want a good overview of the entire design continuum and the difference between Print and Web? Here is the link for you:

Graphic Design for Print vs The Web: 15 Vital Differences You Need To Know About


Hint – keep your original file safe and sound by doing a “SAVE AS” and creating a duplicate file with a different name. This way you can play to your heart’s content without causing any harm to your original file.


Now that you totally get it, how about a little tutorial on resizing images?

The Basics of How to Properly Resize Images in Photoshop



If you have any other topics that you want researched, drop us a line at: scc.newsletter@sasktel.net!