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    We've just begun designing a few websites and as we print out our designs for our web designers to create the sites we thought that it would be handy if there was a rule/ruler that measures Pixels to help them.

    Does any one else think this could be a good idea?

    Is there one already available?

    Would any other web designs find a ruler that measures Pixels handy when they are designing their websites?

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    Well, I don't think one exists, because a pixel is an unit that exists only in your computer. It scales accordingly to paper.

    What I do is use a special template. I've made an image containing a blank space with a complete ruler around it, plus some extras like "the 760px mark" and "average initial screen height". Since I like to sketch before designing, I use this paper to lay out the site. I suppose you could also reverse this process.
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    Thanks for your reply. We'll try that too. We just thought that if we had a rule / ruler of some sort with pixels on it would allow us to measure areas of our artwork for accuracy. Does a pixel size then vary from screen to screen? Does, for example, an 800 x 600 pixel web design vary in size when it is printed depending on the printer?

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    AFAIK, not depending on the printer, but on what scale you print it. Images are just a long list of pixels (and each pixel owning a color), which means there is no actual size there. The same monitor can display both at 800x600 and 1024x768, without changing the size of the screen itself.

    I'm quite sure it has to do with the DPI of the image. Print-going images usually go at about 300dpi or so, easily achievable with a printer. I'm not an expert, though, so don't take my word on it. Take a look at what wikipedia has to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacklebag
    Does a pixel size then vary from screen to screen? Does, for example, an 800 x 600 pixel web design vary in size when it is printed depending on the printer?
    Yes, pixels-per-inch vary from screen to screen, or even on the same screen if you change your resolution. For that reason, the only "pixel ruler" you could create would have to be an application that someone could drag around on his screen. It would be a pretty neat tool, though.

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    There is one associated with Yahoo Widgets, and some more.are probably available.

    Don't forget the tools in the Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox! I use it a lot in my finished pages to make sure everything is pixel-perfect to the plans.
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    Dreamweaver and probably other WYSIWYG editors have them in the options and good graphics programs like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have them somewhere.

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    I have to say, http://www.getfirebug.com/ :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacklebag
    We've just begun designing a few websites and as we print out our designs for our web designers to create the sites we thought that it would be handy if there was a rule/ruler that measures Pixels to help them.

    Does any one else think this could be a good idea?

    Is there one already available?

    Would any other web designs find a ruler that measures Pixels handy when they are designing their websites?

    :classic:
    Yes there is, it's called screen calipers, I use v1.0 which is available free from http://www.freewareweb.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?ID=1258
    It's one of my must have tools - totally invaluable!:classic:
    You can buy the much more sophisticated v4 from http://iconico.com, I haven't tried it but it looks good ...


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