How to prepare your images for the Studio Tour catalog

Posted on March 23, 2011 by

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Getting your images ready for printing is easier than you think. The biggest obstacle for most people is not having the correct software, in this case — Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, or Aperture.
But even though the software is important, there is something else even more important .. setting your camera to capture to most information possible. So that is step 1.
STEP 1: CORRECTLY SETTING YOUR CAMERA
You will probably need the manual that came with your camera to do this. If you can’t find it, try looking for it online; most camera manufacturers post digital copies of the product manuals. Once you find the manual, look in it for terms like resolution or image size. This is very important .. set your camera to the highest possible setting. If you do not have an image with enough information, it will not reproduce well.
STEP 2: PHOTOGRAPH YOUR ART
This is harder than it sounds. Here is one good reference on how to photograph art .. http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/resources/How-to-Photo-Art.shtml .. there are many others.
STEP 3: ACQUIRE A HEAD SHOT
Have a friend take a picture of you. Follow the instructions for photographing art.
STEP 4: RESIZE YOUR IMAGES
If you have Photoshop, you probably know how to do this. If you do not have Photoshop (or some other program that resizes correctly) or you do not know how to do this, find a friend that does or come to the April TAO meeting. Here are the specifications:
Head shot : 1 x 1.5 inches at 300 dpi.
Art shot : 2 x 1.5 inches at 300 dpi.
Note : do not change the Resolution to 300dpi if the Image Size dialog says it is lower. Use whatever the camera used. However, files that are 72 dpi will not be accepted at all, so if it says the resolution is 72, reshoot the pictures.
STEP 5 : CONVERT TO CMYK
This is a type of color space that is used for professional printing. RGB is a color space used for the web so the colors do not reproduce as well when printed on a press. In Photoshop, go to Image / Mode / CMYK. Accept the default profile.
STEP 5 : SAVE THE FILE AS A TIFF
In Photoshop go to File / Save As. In the Dialog that comes up change Format to Tiff.
That is all there is to it. The hardest part of this is setting your camera and getting a good picture.
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