When and why you should use an image DPI converter

If you’ve ever needed to resize an image, chances are you’ve had to make yourself familiar with the term “DPI”. In case you’re unfamiliar - or need reminding — DPI stands for “dots-per-inch”. It’s a specification that originated in the print industry, however, it has been carried over to the digital world and thus is often confused with PPI or “pixels per inch”.

While the two terms aren’t technically interchangeable, they both represent the same thing: the resolution of an image.

Nevertheless, both DPI and PPI refer to every tiny dot or pixel in a picture and defines how many of these dots are in every square inch within a certain sized photo. It, therefore, controls one of the most important things in photography: the quality of the picture.

In simple terms, the more dots (or pixels) per inch and the higher the DPI (or PPI) the higher the overall image quality as well as the bigger the file size.

When editing a picture, you may need to change the DPI for numerous reasons. Perhaps you took a photograph in very high quality and you need to reduce the DPI and thus the file size to make it easier for editing? Or maybe you are uploading a file online and the system will only allow a certain DPI. Then there’s always the possibility that you’re taking a digital image to a printing shop, and they request that a photo is converted to 300 DPI, as this is the minimum quality for artwork if you want a decent printing outcome.

How to change photo DPI with Clideo

When it comes to converting the DPI of big digital photographs, users need a quick and easy tool that they can rely on; and requires minimal effort and system requirements. Our tool is the perfect solution for this.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert the DPI of an image for free, without the need to waste time downloading complex editing software that can take up valuable storage space. Follow our easy step-by-step guide below.

  1. Add your file

    First things first: open Online DPI Converter by Clideo and click on the “Choose file” button. You can choose a file from your device’s onboard storage or from cloud platforms Google Drive or Dropbox. Most formats are supported, including jpg/jpeg, png, bmp, wbmp, gif, webp and jp2.

    Upload an image to change its DPI

    Once you’ve selected your image, hit the upload option and it will be uploaded to our server within a matter of seconds. The upload bar will give you an idea of the progress.

  2. Choose DPI

    Once your file has been uploaded to our servers, you'll be able to select a standard DPI of either 72, 100, 150, 200, 300, or a custom DPI of your choice. Enter which DPI that you prefer and click the Continue button.

    Change the DPI by selecting the necessary number

    The file will then begin processing, converting the number of dots per inch to your required number.

  3. And finally, download

    After a few seconds, your new image with fresh resolution will be processed and ready for you to save to your device.

    Click the download button to save it to your device, or alternatively, you can keep it in the cloud and opt to share it to your Dropbox or Google Drive accounts, saving even more time.

    Need to do more? Simply start over to convert more files as Clideo’s DPI converter tool has no limits on the number of images you can convert for free.

    Download your image with converted DPI

    So, what are you waiting for? Don’t waste your time searching for other programs as Clideo provides you with all the tools needed to edit all your files online.

We are regularly improving our tools to add new features or enhance your experience. Check our Help Center for the most recent instructions.