FINALIZING YOUR FILES
You’ve finished editing your image and you’re happy with your soft proofing. What’s next?
If working with a vendor, check, double-check, and then triple-check the submission guidelines for your lab. Truly, it is a bummer and a half realizing you sent them an image not exported correctly.
Aspects you undoubtedly want to make sure are correct are: • Aspect ratio and any bleed area necessary for specific products • Resize and any interpolation required for large scale prints • DPI • Color space • File extension
A quick aside: you may be asking, “What’s the difference between DPI and PPI?” DPI is dots per inch and PPI is pixels per inch. Dots are used in printing, and pixels are used for digital resolutions. As you can see in the Lightroom export screen, the field says PPI, but this is the same field for DPI. One last thing before you upload and submit. Zoom in closely and review every little detail of your image, especially if you have done extensive editing in Photoshop. Check to make sure any masking hasn’t colored outside the lines, your retouching is clean, and everything else is in tip-top shape. Once you’re satisfied, get your artwork printed!
Holly Lund is a children’s fine art portrait and headshot photographer based out of Monmouth County, New Jersey. In addition to offering her own products and mentoring services, she is a Resident Instructor with Summerana Academy, a Contributor with Finding Magic, and a workshop instructor with Tours by Stella Maris. Holly is also a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. website: hollylundimagery.com instagram: @hollylundimagery
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