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Choosing picture resolution

In the picture export options window (when you copy, save or print a picture), you can choose a resolution for your export picture by setting the number labeled Resolution (pixels/inch).

PlantStudio redraws its plants each time you zoom in, so you get the same line smoothness no matter how large or small your plants are drawn. But when you export a picture, the bitmap that results might look pretty blocky if you enlarge it in your graphics program afterward.

If you intend to use the export picture for printed output,
You should choose a resolution at least as good as the resolution of the printer you intend to print the picture on. For example, if your main printer does 300x300 dpi, you should always choose at least 300 pixels per inch for export pictures.

If you don't know what your printer resolution is, pretend to print a picture (choose Print Picture from the File menu) and look at the information labeled Printer. It will say # x # pixels/inch, and the smallest # there will be your defining print resolution. Click Cancel to stop from actually printing a picture.

If you intend to use the export picture for screen output only,
The screen resolution (shown at the top of the window) should be good enough if you don't intend to enlarge the picture. But it's a good idea to "pad" the resolution to at least twice that of the screen just in case you need it, unless picture size is very important. If you are making a picture to view only on the web, you will probably want to keep the resolution as small as possible to keep the file size down.

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