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Photo Preparation

Here are instructions on how to prepare your photos for digital competitions.

In Photoshop (digital competitions)

 

  • Open Photoshop and then chose the image to be resized.
  • Once open, Click on Image.
  • In the drop down menu click on Image Size.
  • From the bottom up, select Bicubic & Constrain Proportions.
  • Resolution – doesn’t matter – it will change when you change pixels
  • Skip Document Size
  • Pixel Dimensions: For Club Digital Competition: Adjust pixel dimensions so Width does not exceed 1400 pixels (for landscape-oriented images) or Height does not exceed 1050 pixels (for portrait-oriented images).
  • Click on Edit. In the drop down menu chose Convert to Profile and make sure it’s set on sRGB IEC61966.
  • Save As – 8 bit Jpeg under different name.

 

In Photoshop Elements

 

  • From the Organizer module, choose the image you wish to resize, and click on the Edit button on the top, and then Full Edit. This opens up the Editor window.
  • From the Editor Module, now that your image is open, click on the word Image on the menu, then Resize from the drop-down menu, then Image Resize from the next drop-down. An Image Size box will open up. You can either resize it by either pixels or document size, and for this purpose you want to stay with pixels. Make sure the constrain proportions check box at the bottom is checked.
  • If your image is in Landscape format (more wide than tall) enter 1400 in the Width box under Pixel Dimensions. Having the proportions constrained will automatically adjust the height in the next box to keep the image properly proportioned.
  • If the image is in Portrait format (more tall than wide) enter 1050 in the height box, and the width box will automatically compensate.
  • Click on the OK button, and your newly resized image will appear, smaller than it was.
  • Click on Image, then Convert Color Profile then Apply sRGB.
  • Click on File, then Save as, and the Save As box will open up. Give your smaller image a different name from the original, this way you keep both images. If I’m in a hurry, I just keep the original image name and add the word “reduced” to the file name.
  • There is another way to resize images, and do multiple images at the same time, under the “Process Multiple Files” options, and this is a good way to do a number of them at once, but there are pitfalls as well.

 

In Lightroom

 

  • In the Library Module choose the image you want to export by clicking on the image, which puts a light grey box around the chosen shot.
  • Click on the Export button at the bottom left of the Library.
  • In the new Export Box that opens, you can do the following:
  • In the Export Location section: Choose where you want the adjusted images to end up, such as the desktop or in a folder on the desktop or elsewhere.
  • In the File Naming section: Choose if you want to give the images a common name, or use the original name for the file. 
  • In the File Settings section: Choose the Jpeg for type of file you want to end up with for uploading
  • In the Image Sizing section: If it’s in Landscape format, choose the Long Edge to be 1400 pixels for competition size. The short edge will adjust automatically. If it’s in Portrait format, the long edge would be 1050 high for competition, and the short edge will adjust automatically.
  • In the Output Sharpening section: Check the Sharpen For box, and then choose Screen from the dropdown menu.
  • Click Export at the bottom, and the image will be exported to your chosen location at the size you specified.