Appendix F What resolution should I pick

Knowing what is the best resolution, or scanning quality, for a particular task can be a daunting task. Some scanning software allows users to pick from a list of output options such as 'web use', 'laser print' and 'photo quality print'. The program then selects the best resolution to suit the selection.

For those of you without these choices, use Table F.1 as a guide.

Table F.1 Guide to scanning quality (resolution)

What your scan will be used for

Scan quality (resolution) (dpi)

Web or screen


Draft quality prints


Photographic quality prints


Magazine printing


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