These notes are to help you produce images for the club digital projected image competitions.
A word of caution: before commencing work on your image, make a copy and use the copy image to produce your digital file for competition. You will then be sure that your original file will remain intact.
Resize the image to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and 768 pixels high at a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. This is the maximum resolution of the club laptop used for projection. It’s worth considering that portrait images will appear smaller than landscape due to the height limitation.
NB If you don’t resize, the projector will resize at the time of projection and the image quality will suffer very badly.
Photoshop users can resize as follows:
Please note that some competitions require a different resolution. EAF, PAGB and RPS may differ.
After reszing you should sharpen the image but take care not to oversharpen.
I recommend Photoshop and Elements settings of about 100 for Amount and 0.75 for Radius with a Threshold of zero but this is a personal view.
If you look on the web you will find as many variants as apples on a tree. Barry Beckham for instance recommends an amount of 200 and 0.03 for radius – you must choose.
The colour space determines the the range/depth of colours (Gamut) available to produce an image. For projected images you should use sRGB otherwise the colours may not project as you expect.
Photoshop users go to Edit > Convert to Profile and if the source is already sRGB do nothing (just click cancel). If the source is not sRGB, change the destination space to sRGB IEC6 1966-2.1 and ‘Engine’ to Adobe ACE and ‘Intent’ to Relative Colorimetric.
First check that the image is 8 bit by chosing Image > Mode and making the selection.
Now Photoshop and Elements users have an easy route to follow:
Type the title of your image in capital letters then a space then ‘by’ and your name eg MASTERPIECE ,The file extension (jpg) will be added automatically.
The images shoud be sent to the person handling projection at least by the evening prior to the event so that they may be prepared on the club equipment, and allow a smooth presentation on the night.
Images will not be eligible if brought on the night of the event.
Images should be sequenced according to your preferred viewing order e.g. named 01, 02 etc in their own folder.
It goes without saying that the above will only work if your computer screen has been calibrated !!