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« on: January 14, 2008, 20:11 »
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Navigating around iStock isn't my favourite hobby, so I wonder if somebody knows:

What are the pixel sizes of the different image sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) at iStock?


« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 20:30 »
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From iStock's FAQ:

''Our images are available in X-Small, Small, Medium and Large. We also have some files available in XL and XXL. The x-small size is 400 x 300, small size is 800 x 600, medium size is 1600 x 1200, large size is 2560 x 1920, XL size is 4200 x 2800 and XXL size is 4900 x 3300. X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi.''

That was an easy one!  ;)
Claude

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008, 20:53 »
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Thanks a lot. I need to upgrade my brain   ::)

« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008, 11:26 »
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X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi.''

I never understood this type of information.  Does dpi make any difference?  Is a 800x600 72dpi different from a 800x600 300dpi?

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 11:55 »
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X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi.''

I never understood this type of information.  Does dpi make any difference?  Is a 800x600 72dpi different from a 800x600 300dpi?

Regards,
Adelaide

For a lazy designer, yes. A 72dpi image will display at the correct, low-res size on a web page. A 300dpi image will display correctly in a page editing program, like Illustrator or InDesign. It's no problem changing the resolution in Photoshop or other photo-editing programs, but designers are sooooo lazy    ;D

« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 12:25 »
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Large is a bit smaller than what IS quotes it as - it's actually 1820 x 2730 (or 2220 x 2220 for squares).

« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008, 12:37 »
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X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi.''

I never understood this type of information.  Does dpi make any difference?  Is a 800x600 72dpi different from a 800x600 300dpi?

Regards,
Adelaide
The only difference dpi (dots per inch) makes is in printing. An 800x600 image will always display as 800x600 on a web page, but will print at 11.1" X 8.3" at 72dpi (newspapers, large banners) and 2.7" x 2" at 300 dpi (magazines, brochures, fine art).

« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2008, 17:05 »
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As I thought, it makes no difference what dpi you get the image, but how you print it.  So saying that "X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi." is totally meaningless in the end.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2008, 18:56 »
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As I thought, it makes no difference what dpi you get the image, but how you print it.  So saying that "X-small and small images are 72 dpi. All other sizes are 300 dpi." is totally meaningless in the end.

Regards,
Adelaide

For photographers yes, but apparently, they are automatically altered to the most convenient dpi at iStock and possibly at other agencies, so we don't need to worry.

« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 19:50 »
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Still people get confused thinking the got an inferior file:
http://www.stockxpert.com/forum.phtml?f=showtopic&n=9682

This is not an isolated case.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2008, 06:04 »
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Still people get confused thinking the got an inferior file:
http://www.stockxpert.com/forum.phtml?f=showtopic&n=9682

This is not an isolated case.

Regards,
Adelaide


When the first version of Illustrator was launched, around a million years ago, there was a statement in the foreword of the manual, stating something like: "Now, anybody can become a designer.". Later experiences have shown that it isn't always as easy as that. Oh well...   ::)


 

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