How to . . . 

Tips and guidelines on how to prepare your images for club competitions




IMPORTANT: Those of you who wish to enter digital projected image competitions should please read and follow these instructions very carefully. This will ensure smooth projection of your images, displayed to best advantage. 

This article has been amended for NEW file dimensions.

Unless otherwise indicated, entries for projected image competitions must be digital projected image (DPI) files. You should size your digital images for projection, save them as JPEG (.jpg) files, and to name them in a standard way. Your image files should be always saved in the sRGB colour space. This is important for colour consistency when projected because our projector operates in that colour space. 



Each digital image should be sized to fit within the boundaries dictated by our club projector, which displays at 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high (always in landscape format and independent of the physical size on the screen). To do this sizing, using Photoshop Elements, click on Image>Resize>Image Size. This opens a window called Image Size. Make sure the boxes at the bottom left called Resample Image and Constrain Proportions are ticked. For portrait shaped images, set height to 1200 pixels. For landscape shaped images, set width to 1600 pixels and check height. If height exceeds 1200 pixels, reduce it to that value. 


N.B. Don’t bother about “Resolution” (pixels/inch). This is an instruction to printers and has no effect on projected images, so it does not matter what value it is set at (It will most probably be either 72 or 240). Click OK. Click on File>Save as… Choose where you want to save the image in the box called Save in. Set format as JPEG. Name your image exactly as in the following two examples:-


ONE GREEN TREE by Joe Blogs.jpg                    TOP BIRD by Frank Curtis FRPS.jpg 

Unless you use capitals for the title and lower case for the word by, the program will not recognise your files, so naming in this way is essential. Click on Save. Finally, set Quality at Maximum (12). Procedures are very similar for full versions of Photoshop and probably for other editing packages. 

Please do not use Save For Web, it inserts hyphens between each word and ICPro will not recognise or accept that – it also reduces the colour range available which will weaken your image 

Digital images should be handed in on a cd or memory stick, along with the entry form, one week before the date of the competition. 

If you are unsure about any of the above procedures please do not hesitate to ask for assistance or further explanation so we can project your images to the highest quality possible


Points to note in the 2 examples shown above:

  • The left image is resized as a landscape format shot, it's maximum width of 1600 pixels is shown in the "width" dialogue box, it doesn't matter that the height is less than the maximum 1200 pixels.

  • The right image is resized as a portrait format shot, it's maximum height of 1200 pixels is shown in the "height" dialogue box, it doesn't matter that the width is less than the maximum 1600 pixels.

  • The "Constrain" and "Resample" (bottom left of dialogue box) boxes are ticked.

  • The example below is INCORRECT. Even though the Width of this landscape format image has been set to 1600 pixels correctly it has meant that the height has exceeded the maximum.
    To correct this change the height to 1200 pixels and the width will reduce proportionally ensuring both dimensions fit within the allowed sizes.



HOW TO . . .

Instructions are for photoshop on a Mac. Elements on Windows should be similar!


Add a stroke/border to a circular selection.


Make a new layer 


Create circle selection (M), holding down shift constrains the Marque tool to a circle or square.


Fill your selection with your foreground colour. (Alt/Del)


Modify your selection to the size of the stroke/border you want - Select/Modify/Contract 2 pixels


Now Delete your new section.

This leaves you with a 2 pixel border on a seperate empty layer.


To change the colour of your border go to your layers palette and "Lock Transparent pixels" which is at the top of the palette just below the "Blending Modes".


Any painting or filling on your layer will now only appear on the border you have just created.


Save as jpeg!

HOW TO . . .

Navigating around the club website is very straightforward and fairly easy. There are new additions in the site and is exclusive to club members only. 

Please see the demonstration video for full picture.

You may get involved in the forums and ask any photography related doubts for seek a professional reply from fellow club members.

The club is affiliated to the Chiltern Association of Camera Clubs (CACC).

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