[Chimera-users] How to save high resolution image?

Yogendra yogendra_rathore at imtech.res.in
Thu Apr 19 10:57:23 PDT 2012

I think it will be better to add this option (DPI setting) in newer versions of
chimera because the images (using POV-Ray) are of very good quality on screen
but not good while taking print. Its limiting the chimera to make a good
publication quality figure.


> As far as I can tell, POV-ray images don't have the DPI setting
> specified in the Chimera interface.  Always seems to be the screen
> DPI.  There is a ticket for this problem now:
> #10683 (POV-ray not honoring DPI setting) – Chimera
> However, non-POV-ray images have the right DPI.
> --Eric
>                          Eric Pettersen
>                          UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
>                          http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu
> On Apr 19, 2012, at 9:12 AM, Elaine Meng wrote:
>> Hi Yogendra,
>> In the "File... Save Image" dialog, if you want to enter "dpi" you
>> need to turn on "Use print units".  Then you can specify a "Print
>> resolution(dpi)" value, and image width and height in units of
>> length (for example, inches) instead of pixels.
>> Please send questions to the chimera-users address only (not the
>> chimera-bugs address).
>> Thanks,
>> Elaine
>> ----------
>> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.
>> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
>> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
>> University of California, San Francisco
>> On Apr 18, 2012, at 10:37 PM, Yogendra wrote:
>>> Dear Sir,
>>> I am a new user of Chimera software. I am using this software for
>>> academic
>>> purposes (i.e. research publications). I am trying to save the
>>> image with more
>>> then 600 dpi but every time i am ending up with an image of 96 dpi.
>>> I am using
>>> the POV-Ray method for image improvement but everything is going to
>>> the drain
>>> when taking the final print of the document. Can you please help me
>>> ho can i
>>> save a high resolution image? I am briefly describing my protocol
>>> of image
>>> generation:
>>> 1) I am making a density map of particular PDB file.
>>> 2) loading in the Chimera and adjusting the volume by volume viewer
>>> option
>>> 3) Coloring it using described colors
>>> 4) Using Pov-Ray for increasing effects on plane
>>> 5) Increasing the pixels to about 5000 in the pixel option
>>> 6) finally trying to save an image with 600 or 1200 dpi.
>>> But at the end of this, i am just getting an image of 96 dpi every
>>> time. Can you
>>> please help me out to make an image of higher dpi (600, 1200 or
>>> more if
>>> possible).
>>> It will be very much helpful for me if can do it. I am stuck at
>>> this point.I am
>>> badly waiting for your reply whether i can do it or should i look
>>> for some
>>> another software.
>>> Regards
>>> Yogendra S Rathore
>>> Research Scholar
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