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I'm creating several murals for a project, and when viewing I always go to print size to view what the design will look like when printed, is this the correct view or should I viewing it in actual size?

 

What's the difference between print view and actual size?

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I'm creating several murals for a project, and when viewing I always go to print size to view what the design will look like when printed, is this the correct view or should I viewing it in actual size?

 

What's the difference between print view and actual size?

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Is you display size larger then the mural print size?  You use view Print size whey you have a large high resolution images that has many more pixels then your display has but the print size is smaller then your display's size.  If you have set your displaye resolution into your Photoshop preferences.  When you  use view Print Size Phtoshop will scale the image to fit on your displaye the image print suze so you get a good view of how it will look printed.

 

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If you view actual size Photoshop will display your image's actual pixels the Image will not fit on your display  you will need to pan the image to inspect it for quality.  Viewed print size the quality will not be representative of the Print quality you not viewing your image.   Your are looking at a scaled version of your image

 

 

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Thank you so much for getting back to me;

My image size is 300cm wide x 250cm height (it's for a wall)

Resolution is 150 pix/inch

 

Attached is my preferences for units and rulers

Screenshot 2020-10-01 at 15.50.56.png

 

To view what the design will look like when printed, do I view Print size?

or Actual Size?

It's a bit confusing...

Thanks for your help.

 

 

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So your poster print size is  300cm by 250cm your display is most likely smaller than wall size. Therefor Photoshop can not display your image print size on your display no matter what its pixel density is.   You display is too small.

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Thank you very much for your help, I will look into it further.

Annette

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Hi

The documentation on this is poor (non existent !) but as far as I can tell from experimentation on my Windows based system (other systems may differ):

 

Print size - this is calculated from a combination of :

a. The document ppi

and

b. The Screen resolution that you entered in Preferences >Units and rulers.  So Print size on screen will be accurate provided both of those are accurate.

 

Actual Size appears to work from a combination of :

a. The document ppi

and

b. The screen resolution as reported by the operating system (ignoring the manually entered figure).

 

In theory both should give the same result (provided the manual entry in preferences is accurate) because the operating system should report the same resolution as the screen resolution manually entered in preferences.

However on some systems (mine included using Windows 10 and Eizo monitors) there is a difference and Print Size , based on my manual entry of screen resolution, is the most accurate. This would suggest that the operating system is not picking up the actual ppi of my monitors correctly.

You can check which is accurate by turning on the ruler and putting an actual ruler up against the monitor to check. So in my case, I manually enter the screen resolution figure based on Eizo's specification and use Print Size.

 

Dave

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Thank you Dave for your help.  I will see what I can do.

Annette

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Print Size view isn't really very useful IMHO but the key is you MUST enter the actual display resolution as JJMack has shown in your preferences:

Measure the width of your display and divide that by the number of pixels its displaying. 
For example, on my NEC 3090, the width is 25.25 inches. Its resolution is 2560x1690. 2560/25.25=101.4 PPI. 
On my NEC PA271Q, the width is 23.5 inches. Its resolution is 2560x1440. 2560/23.5=109PPI.
Enter those values in the preferences shown here. 

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Print Size is well documented but I've never found an explanation for Actual Size, only the differences above through experimentation.

 

Dave

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Thank you very much for your help.  I will look at this again.

Annette

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Thank you for your help I will try this.

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