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Photographing Your Artwork


by Master Jill Witty and TWSA President, Lenox Wallace:

  • Use a good digital least 5 megapixels.
  • Shoot the image as a TIFF or RAW file.
    1. Download your image from your digital camera to a file on your computer. You must use an image that has at least one side larger than 1920 pixels. A 4MB or larger image is ideal.
    2. Save your original image in RAW or TIFF format.
    3. Open your editing program (I am using Photoshop Elements)
    4. Go to FILE and open your image
    5. Go to Image, IMAGE SIZE: Make sure you are looking at your image size in PIXELS and that Constrain Proportions is checked. Set Resolution to 300 ppi (This would be Image > Resize > Image Size in Photoshop Elements)
    6. Take the longest side and size it down to 1920. (The shorter side will shrink down in proportion)
    7. Make sure your Background Color is BLACK. (Click on the double boxes in the lower left or use Color Picker)
    8. Go to Image, CANVAS SIZE and size the shortest side to 1920 pixels. Make sure your are anchored in the center. If your background color is set correctly. The canvas background will automatically be black. (This would be Image > Resize > Canvas Size in Photoshop Elements)
    9. Use SAVE AS to Save your image as a BASELINE JPG (do not use progressive JPG format)
    10. Name your file.
    11. You can decide how large the file can be.
      • ¬∑For uploading to a website, it needs to be around 1.8 MB.
      • For a CD, it can be as large as you want it.
  • I send mine in this way and I've never had to send another image for printing...catalog, etc.

For less experienced users:

  • Usually there is an adjustment on the camera for photo size.
  • Use the largest photo size available on the camera.
  • If not, use the standard size.
  • Take the image in the best light available. Usually direct sun is too bright. Complete shade can turn the image cool or bluer toned. Slight shade, just out of direct sun, usually gives you enough bounced light to take an acceptable photo. I like to use daylight bulbs in my work area, so I can take photos indoors.
  • The entire image should be visible in the view screen.If you are hand holding it, take several shots and don't breathe! The clearest photos are created using a tripod.
  • From your downloaded photos to your computer, choose the best. Look at the options in whatever viewing software you use, for sizes adjustments. If size is not described, leave it as is. Check to see that it is a readable graphics file: jpg, tiff, raw.
  • Burn to CD and hope for the best.