This past January I had my first art exhibition as a solo artist. Excited? Yes! Worried? Yes! Yes!
I felt great anxiety because I had never learned to prepare my .jpeg's for professional printing. My biggest worry was, "Did I have enough pixels for clear, sharp 11 inch x 14 inch prints?" Great fortune smiled upon me because all the prints turned out quite good. But, really...that was more the gift of the luck fairy and a camera with a ton of megapixels. The resolution of the prints was not due to any educated print-preparation on my part! (Okay...that is embarrassing to admit...and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.)
My usual mode of cropping a photograph was two-fold; crop for design elements and crop for distractions. While the final photograph may look good on the computer screen, I had no idea if it would look good as a 4 inch x 6 inch, let alone 11 x 14. I just did not know where to find that kind of information while processing my photos.
CreativeLive.com to the rescue.
As "they" say, when the student is ready the teacher will come. I frequently peruse the class catalogue of CreativeLive.com. Just this week, I found a course titled "Photoshop Image Size, Resolution and Cropping".
Everything I wanted to know about sizing an image, getting appropriate resolution and cropping was presented in about ninety minutes. I learned that I have been cropping "incorrectly". I wanted to go back through my archives and recrop every photograph I have ever taken!
New knowledge evokes new actions. My editing and post-processing workflow will now reflect what I have learned about image size, resolution and cropping. I will know how large my photos can be printed and still look sharp.
If you have your own anxieties about image size, etc., follow the link above. I think you will be happy you did. No more anxiety for you!
By the way...I could have used that teacher about three months earlier!
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