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Print Vs Web – What’s The Difference?

Print Vs Web

So you have print designers and then you have web designers but have you noticed how these two are often confused with one another due to their similarities? And while we cannot deny that they are somewhat similar in nature, the following are the ways in which the two are different from each other.


Perhaps the biggest difference amongst the two is based on how print and web designs are viewed by the people. The physical experience of holding a piece of paper or a brochure or even a book is different than viewing web designs on the screen.


The way the colors are displayed on screen and on print vary greatly and that is due to the different color spaces that are used. While designers use CMYK for Print designs RGB is used for the web


Dots Per Inch (DPI) and Pixels Per Inch (PPI) are something which people often get confused about when it comes to resolution. And while these two are often mixed up, DPI is what comes into play when it comes to print design while the image quality of web designs is measured in PPI – meaning higher DPI or PPI will result in a better quality image.


Now here is where you can tell the difference amongst the two. With print designs, once the final template goes for print, it cannot be changed. With web however, designs can be changed or tweaked anytime and are more interactive in general.


By usability we mean navigation and print designs are limited to unfolding or flipping a page. With web, however, it’s not so straightforward. Users are able to navigate through different pages and links and web designers need to ensure that this process is smooth so that the user experience is a positive one.

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