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I'd like to use an Ensembl image in a journal. What size should I make it so that it works well in print?

Our image export menu provides several presets, including one specifically for journal export. It sets the following options on your image:

  • Image width 2000px - this will ensure that it spans a typical journal page at a print resolution of 300 dpi.
  • High resolution - fonts and image details will be rendered more crisply
  • High contrast - printer ink does not show pale colours as clearly as a computer screen, so we enhance the contrast to improve the appearance of the image.

For larger formats we also offer a 'Poster' option. Note that this size should not be needed for normal print purposes, as some of the lines may come out very fine.

Alternatively you can select a range of image sizes and resolutions in the "custom format" menu. Note that we recommend PNG as an export option in most cases, as it is better supported and will more accurately reflect the image on-screen.

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