Ratios & Orientations  | Showcase Workshop

Ratios & Orientations

Not sure what size to set up your showcases in? Need guidance to chuck over to your designers? Never fear, we're here.

We had to find a way to ensure that your designs will work across any number of devices, without requiring you to create different versions for each aspect ratio.

We elected to support the three most popular aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9 and 3:2. 


When you create slides for a new showcase you’re going to want to pick the aspect ratio that you think will be in the hands of most of your users. These users will have a pixel-perfect fit, with your showcase designs taking up their entire screen.


If a user views your showcase on a device with a different aspect ratio, they’ll still have a pixel perfect experience (as in, it won’t stretch) but they’ll have some black space around the edges. This is called "Letterboxing" if you're up with the lingo. 


  • If your users are mostly going to use Showcase on iPads use our 4:3 template and design your slides at 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • If your users are mostly going to use Showcase on popular Android devices, iPhones, via our Chrome app, or on early Windows devices use our 16:9 template and design your slides at 1280 x 752 pixels
  • If your users are mostly going to use Showcase on late model Windows devices, like Surface Pro 3 use our 3:2 template and design your slides at 1080 x 720 pixels
  • The bare minimum for display is 72ppi and this is fine for all older devices and most laptops, it’ll also keep your showcase nice and small, and therefore quick and easy for users to download.
  • If you want to hedge your bets 144ppi will cover you across basically any device, including newer retina devices.
  • If you’re building a showcase for a customer to whom images are very important (like a photographers portfolio) and they intend to use the showcase on a large retina device like an iPad Pro then go for 326ppi. But you’ll be creating a showcase that’s really large for users on less pixel-dense devices.