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Which units for both print and web?

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I'm new to Affinity Designer, and to vector graphics in general, so sorry if my question seems stupid.

 

So far I created only graphics for the web, mostly images and illustrations for web sites and social network. Since I needed several versions of the same design, I used a lot the "artboard" feature of Designer to keep all my work together, and set my document unit to pixels.

 

Now I'm asked to design both a banner for the web and a poster that will be printed.

So my doubt: how should I set units to keep all my work in the same document? 

Should I use px or mm? 

 

thanks in advance for any suggestion,

gerlos

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I'm new to Affinity Designer, and to vector graphics in general, so sorry if my question seems stupid.

 

So far I created only graphics for the web, mostly images and illustrations for web sites and social network. Since I needed several versions of the same design, I used a lot the "artboard" feature of Designer to keep all my work together, and set my document unit to pixels.

 

Now I'm asked to design both a banner for the web and a poster that will be printed.

So my doubt: how should I set units to keep all my work in the same document? 

Should I use px or mm? 

 

thanks in advance for any suggestion,

gerlos

for poster, set it to mm mostly cause I'd been using mm when i was at a company and we'd too printing work. However, for web, I'd recommend pixels always.

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If everything in your designs are pure vectors, it won't matter which units you work with because vector objects are resolution independent -- they scale to any size without loss of sharpness.

 

Also, for web sites, it is usual to export to a raster format like jpeg, & the units you work with in Affinity won't matter. What will is the number of pixels in the exported image -- more is better but increases file size & thus download time, so you will have to balance the two, based on the amount of the web page the image will occupy.

 

Something similar applies to printed output: unless you are printing directly from Affinity, you will need to export the document to some file format the printer can use. 


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