How do I create Print-ready screen captures?

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Need to set image resolution for screen captures to 300 dpi, 72 dpi, or something else

Hi @Snagit how do I work out the dpi of an image captured using your software?
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Posted 9 years ago

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Heather Smith

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Thanks for prompt response - that seems to have resolved my question!

Though the whole unable to capture in 300 dpi from the computer seems bizarre to me
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The dpi/ppi resolution of an image is directly based on print size. If we do a screen capture of a 600 pixel by 600 pixel image, onscreen the dpi setting is ignored and irrelevant. In a print layout, the dpi setting is used to determine how large it will be displayed.

That 600 pixel image would be sized and the dpi is a result of the sizing. So if you place it into (let's say) InDesign or Word at 1" x 1", it will be 600dpi. If it is placed at 2" x 2", it will be 300 dpi.

You can also resample an image but that often results in a loss of quality. Since screen captures are typically fairly small, a large dpi setting will potentially not work very well.

Let's say I do a full screen capture on a 1600x1200 pixel display, which is a pretty large monitor resolution. At 600dpi, my capture would print at 2 3/4" x 2" which is fairly small. At 300dpi it would print at 5 1/2" x 4.

You can upscale which is adding pixels by interpolation, but this is risky as the result will often be losing quality, especially something like a screen capture.
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You must know all of your math facts hahahaha
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Dakota Parker

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You just ask the girl out
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Brian Skafica

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Can I save an image on YouTube and then just use the printer to print it out on paper?

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