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Re: Re: [teacherartexchange] Question about digital entries ??


Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 05:56:18 PST

The 4000dpi sounds very strange to me? The higher the resolution the higher the file size so I'm not sure whats going on with that picture? Again resolution is generally for printing. In order to know what they did I'd have to see it in photoshop. However if you use the crop tool you can set the size and the resolution to whatever it is you want. The pictures dimensions can be smaller and the resolution still high then photoshop asks you file size before you save and you can choose high medium or low. If they choose low or medium then you can have a high resolution with a low file size Not sure why you would want to do this? I think they just didn't know what they were doing. My guess.
Another concern that might be interesting is that different monitors show colors differently. I can use photoshop to enhance the colors of a painting (and I often do that when putting students work on the web) to just show it at it's best. I tend to want to brighten things up a bit. The original often looks less illuminated when not on a monitor.
 I just got my Artists magazine, the April issue. They have an article in it that addresses just what you are considering. I looked at it briefly this morning before heading off to work. I think it has some good information.

>From: Woody Duncan <>
>Date: 2007/02/28 Wed PM 06:14:17 CST
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <>
>Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Question about digital entries ??

>Renee, Thanks -
>I follow what you are telling me.
>We also say we will not except a file size
>larger than 500 K. Because of the space problem
>you mentioned. I'm looking at one image now.
>It is 4000 dpi, 400 x 293 pixels yet the file size is only 10.5 KB.
>Is that possible ? I thought the greater the dpi the much higher
>the file size. I have other images that meet the requirements
>yet have much higher files ????
> Woody
>On Feb 28, 2007, at 4:47 PM, <> wrote:
>> 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
>>> people
>>> 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
>>> convinced
>>> 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
>>> resolution
>>> in photoshop because it will just get unbelievably small.
>>> More groups are going to digital entries. I believe the standard is
>>> 72dpi.
>>> 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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