Publication Quality Images
High Resolution (DPI) Images
Creating Resolution Specific Images
We often get the question:
Q. How do I create a X DPI image using PyMol's 'ray' command?
The answer is deceivingly simple. There are two steps in the process. First, setup your scene and use ray like this
ray 2400, 2400
From this you will get a large square image. You can now resize it to X inches where X=A*B, A and B factors of 2400 (eg: 8 inch photo @ 300DPI, 4 inch photo at 600DPI, 2 inch photo @ 1200DPI). The fomrula for creating images is:
rayVal = inches * DPI
where rayVal is the value you pass to "ray". Thus, an 8 inch square photo at 72, 100, and 300 DPI would be created by the following commands:
ray 572,572 # 8inch * 72dpi ray 800,800 # 8inch * 100dpi; or a 4inch * 200 DPI photo; or 1x800. ray 2400,2400 # 8inch * 300dpi; 6"x400dpi, etc...
In Gimp, load your image (it'll most likely be very large) then
Image -> Scale Image -> 'Print Size & Scale Image Section' change 'New Width' to whatever width you decided on before.
- Save Image (File->Save)
You should be set.