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Advice Needed: Resolution for Commissions

I cant find anybody who would give me an answer on this.. But what resolution of images seem best to give a commissioner?

I have a laptop that I work off of, and I understand that the resolution of my screen tends to make everything way bigger, even most websites dont fit properly on my screen.. Its not bad its just a slight difference.. Anyhow, I tend to draw on my screen at the same size I would if it were paper. Where I can see most every detail when fully zoomed out/original size. I noticed that other artists tend to draw like... two or three times the size that I do but I always felt that was a personal prefrence thing.. Until recently.

I  have heard a few concerns that my art tends to be on the small size, and I dont want to give my customers any less than they deserve. So what resolutions would be best for commissions? Flat colored commissions? Fully colored and detailed commissions? Whats the average expectation?

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Nov. 18th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
I personally work at 300ppi, usually 11x14", or 2250 x 3000 pixels, pretty big. You can always reduce down; sizing up would be a problem unless you're working with vectors.

The reason I work at 300ppi/dpi is so if I ever decide to print a book of my work, it will print well at that size. 300dpi/600dpi being printing standards.

Unless your client wants to print out the artwork, you don't need to give them a 300ppi file, and you definitely don't want to upload 300ppi files to sites like FA or DA.

It sounds like your monitor is low resolution so everything seems bigger. I have a similar monitor, it's old but still has good color. It has the weird resolution of 1280 x 768. I think a lot of monitors are going more for 1920 x 1080 these days.


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