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Re: [teacherartexchange] Question about digital entries ??


Date: Wed Feb 28 2007 - 15:47:23 PST

From what I know the computer screen will show a picture at 72dpi no matter what the original resolution is. The problem with a higher resolution is sending a photo via e-mail and the file size you have to store on your hard drive takes up far more space. Resolution is essentially for printing. A 72dpi will not print as an 8x10 as nicely as a 300dpi. Most home printers will not handle a resolution of larger than 300dpi Why they would send you a file at 4000 is beyond me? For your purposes of viewing them on a computer screen higher resolutions are not necessary Does this help? Hope so.
Renee Popek

>From: Woody Duncan <>
>Date: 2007/02/28 Wed PM 05:27:51 CST
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Question about digital entries ??

>Sorry for the long explanation. My question is at the end.
>I'm a bit perplexed. The NMWS has for a couple of years been
>accepting (only) digital entries for our juried exhibits.
>We do this via e-mail and later send the jpegs on to our
>juror on a CD. It is working fine, sort of. There has been a
>learning curve for some of our members. For the last two
>exhibits, I have served as file manager. I download the jpegs
>to my computer and put together a spread sheet.
>We planned this change to digital carefully. We set these standards
>for entries:
>jpeg only
>72 dpi
>700 pixels on the longest dimension (or as close as possible)
>file name convention:
>first 4 letters last name
>first 4 letters first name
>2 digit month
>2 digit year (of exhibit)
>A, B, or C for 1st, 2nd and 3rd entry
>Example: duncwood0507A
>Of course not every entry follows the guidelines and I'm too nice a guy
>so I fix them or explain how to submit a corrected entry. Too many
>try to do it themselves rather than get help from someone who knows how.
>Now, finally my perplexing question: After the last exhibit I was
>by others that the 72 dpi was not important. So I quit being
>concerned that
>some are 75, 96, 180 or 300. The monitor shows all those as if they
>were 72.
>If the image size is near 700 pixels on the longest side they will
>all appear
>similar to our juror. But today I got two entries at 4000 dpi. I have
>no idea
>how the digital pic was created. Will it matter ? If it's going to
>look OK
>then I guess it's no different than 180 or 300.
>It's longest dimension is only 480 pixels so I can't reduce the
>in photoshop because it will just get unbelievably small.
>More groups are going to digital entries. I believe the standard is
>If our members send entries to other competitions that do not meet every
>criteria won't they be rejected ? That's my real concern. If anyone can
>share their wisdom with me I'd appreciate it.
> Woody
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