One of the niftiest tricks I’ve ever learned is how to figure out my actual screen resolution. Why does this matter? Well, it means that I can create something from scratch in Photoshop and when I print it out, it’s going to be that actual size. For instance, I’m an organizer, I make a lot of my own file label inserts, organizing flair, not to mention cards and hybrid pieces. If you don’t adjust your screen resolution when you print out said items, it’s highly unlikely that they are going to print out at the intended size. Bummer, right?! So here’s the fix.
Make sure that your computer’s screen display is set to it’s native resolution, mine is 2880 x 1800. Next, take a tape measure, and measure the width of your screen (the inside of the screen, don’t include the border ). Mine is 13⅛ inches so 13.125 ( you may need to round it to the nearest decimal point)
Now comes the math. Take your Native Screen Resolution width ( 2880) and divide it by your physical measurement (13.125).
2880 ÷ 13.125 = 219
My screen resolution is 219
Now I can go into Photoshop and adjust my units/rulers so that they’re accurate.
While you’re there, go into Performance and make sure that you’ve selected to use your Graphic Processor.
Let’s test it out. It may not look convincing on your monitor but stay with me. I chose to make a rectangle 1 inch by ½ inch, using the ruler as my guide.
I keep a cheat in my documents with the formula and my current specs. This way when I switch computers or update software etc. I have the information at hand.
Hope you found this simple “trick” as helpful as I did.