Preparing Digital Images for Projection

Projected Digital Images for Competitions at 85 Group Nov 16 2015

IMPORTANT The following instructions will ensure that your digital file meets the competition requirements, but it is equally important to use a calibrated screen to ensure that the colours you see on your monitor correspond to those seen by the judge on the night. Ask Bill Kidston if you want to know more about this.

Once you have worked on your image and done all the adjustments and cropping etc., the size of the final image should be adjusted to the required dimensions i.e. 1400 x 1050 pixels and then saved as a JPEG file in sRGB colour profile ready for projection by the Club.

You must also give it a Title and add your name as the Author in accordance with the instructions below. I appreciate that Dave Greenland has demonstrated a quick way to resize and create a Background, but the description below should be definitive and help resolve some of the confusion there still seems to be.

SENDING ENTRIES

Entries should be emailed directly to the Competitions Secretary at

cameragroup85@hotmail.com

Contents

Image size

Resizing in Photoshop

Converting to sRGB colour profile

Saving as JPEG

Creating a border (optional)

Creating a background (canvas)

Adding Title 

 

Image Size

Width must be a maximum of 1400 pixels, and height a maximum of 1050 pixels.

RESIZING IN PHOTOSHOP

Open image

Image/Image size”

(For Elements: “Image/Resize/Image size”)

Ensure “Constrain proportions” and “Resample image” boxes are ticked

Select “Bicubic sharper” (Recommended if reducing image size)

Type in either the width or the height :

As a general rule: for “landscape” format, alter “Width” to 1400 pixels; (But after altering “Width”, check that “Height” is not more than 1050 pixels, otherwise change “Height” to 1050 px., and “Width” will reduce accordingly)

: for “portrait” format, alter “Height” to 1050 pixels; the width will adjust accordingly.

Ignore “Document size” boxes – including “Resolution”

Click “OK”

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ENSURE IMAGE IS IN “sRGB” COLOUR PROFILE

For Photoshop:

Click on “Edit/Convert to Profile”

Ensure “Source Space” is “sRGB etc.”, if not, click on “down” arrow under “Destination Space” and choose sRGB from menu.

Click “OK”

For Elements

Click on “Image/Convert Colour Profile”

Click on “Apply sRGB Profile” if not greyed out.

SAVE AS – JPEG

File/Save as” (Make sure it is “Save as” and not “Save” – otherwise you will overwrite the original file)

Type in a “File name” and ensure “Format” is “JPEG”

Make “Quality” – 12 (maximum), “Baseline” – Standard .. Click “OK”

Note: You may have to “flatten” the image if you have been working with layers

(Click on “Layers” then “Flatten image”).

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CREATING A BORDER

This step is optional – only do this if you think that it will enhance the image

IT IS EASIER IF YOU DO THIS

BEFORE CREATING A BACKGROUND (See next page)

Select/All (Or Ctrl A), to select image (Marching ants)

Edit/Stroke”

(For Elements: “Edit/Stroke (Outline) Selection…”

Enter border “Width” in px. (Suggest from 1 to 3 px.)

Click on “Colour” and choose colour or “pick” from image and click “OK”

Ensure “Inside” button is selected

Mode – “Normal”, Opacity – 100%

Click “OK”

Select/Deselect” (Or Ctrl D) – (Marching ants disappear)

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CREATING A BACKGROUND (CANVAS)

This step is not necessary if the image size is already 1400 x 1050 pixels, but smaller images and portrait images must be surrounded by a grey or black background to bring the projected image size up to 1400 x 1050pixels.

Image/Canvas size”

(For Elements: “Image/Resize/Canvas size”)

Change “Units” to “pixels”

Alter either “Width” to 1400 or “Height” to 1050 as necessary (So canvas size is 1400 x 1050 pixels)

The “Anchor” should have a blank middle square, with arrows surrounding it

Change “Canvas extension colour” to Black or Grey

Click “OK”

SAVE YOUR IMAGE AND CLOSE IT

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ADDING TITLE

The image title should contain ONLY the Title. Please don’t add any numbers or your name.

In the email you attach the images to, or on the envelop into which you put a disk or memory stick, please list the titles and an order of preference, so that in the event of oversubscription we know which pictures to exclude.

 

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