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Q. Why do graphics I download from the web look so bad?

A. It has to do with the resolution, or number of dots in a square inch, the graphics have. Graphics for websites aren’t made to be printed. They’re made to be viewed on a computer screen or monitor. Web graphics are traditionally 72 or 96 dpi ( Dots Per Inch ). Print graphics are typically 300 dpi. Graphics downloaded from the web, that are typically 72 or 96 dpi, look bad when printed because are low resolution – they don’t have enough dots per square inch. This is because computer screens and monitors are low resolution. Look up close at your monitor. Can you see the dots or pixels?

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