What is DPI? (in 100 Words or Less)

What is DPI? (in 100 Words or Less)

Label Printers, 100 Words or Less, Barcode Basics | 8 January 2020

Posted by John Masica

What is DPI? (In 100 Words or Less)

DPI is an acronym for “dots per inch” and refers to the number of dots of ink placed per inch of media. The DPI determines the quality of the image resolution, as more dots per inch allow for increased sharpness and detail.

Printed images are made up of individually placed dots, just as an image on screen is made up of pixels. A digital image is translated from pixels per inch (PPI) to dots per inch when printed—it should be noted that printing a low PPI image on a high DPI printer will not improve image resolution.

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Based in St. Paul, MN, USA, John Masica is Computype’s Technical Support Specialist. Specializing in label printer maintenance and engineering, John is the go-to person for all things label printing. Through his 24 years here at Computype, he has learned many tips and tricks to make your label printing easier and more efficient.