When working for print, I will often want to know what resolution I require the final image version to be set at. The easiest way for me to do this is by using the below handy tool, found within 3ds Max. These 4 convenient steps ensure my image will be rendered at the correct resolution.
1. By navigating to the ‘Rendering’ menu header on the main menu bar, I can then select ‘Print Size Assistant.’
2. This toolset allows me to chose from one of the many presets (top left), a standard page size, at the required DPI (dots per inch.)
3. From here we can also tweak other important factors that impact our resolution. such as, portrait or landscape? dpi? paper units?
4. By then selecting the ‘Render Setup’ button the resultant values are then copied directly across to your ‘Render Setup’ dialogue, and the relevant fields for final image production. By using this workflow the settings are stored for future use.
As a parting thought, remember that when specifying your final paper size for professional print resolution ensure you have included ‘page bleed’ Page bleed is where an image will print larger than required, so there are no white edges to the page, or areas missed.
For further reading on ‘page bleed’, then visit these 3 external links: