Process 2. Preparing Photos
If you have photos that are prints, you can mail them to me in the post or scan them into your computer and upload them from the order form. If you have photos that were taken with a digital camera, then you have the advantage of already having them in the computer and ready for easy uploading. It is best not to do any color correction, levels adjustments or anything else to the images. Just get the best starting images you can and then, if I need to, I'll adjust them here before I draw. It is helpful if you indicate any special cropping that you want. For prints, just make a quick sketch, or tell me in words, if you would like me to crop the image in a particular way. For digital photos and scans, crop the image down to show just what you want to have appear in the final portrait. Please indicate clearly which photo you want to have as the primary pose. And, if you want me to expand beyond the boundries of the picture, for example adding hair that was cut out of the pose, be sure to let me know that as well.
I have Adobe Photoshop 6 and Graphic Converter 4.7 so I can read
most file formats. My big limitation is that I live in the
mountains and have a very slow rural phone modem connection so
the image files need to be kept down in size as much as
possible, preferably below 1MB per file. JPEG is ideal with a
compression setting of medium to high quality (8 to 12 in
Photoshop, 70% to 100% quality in other programs). For example,
a 1000 x 1200 8-bit RGB flat file at a high quality setting (10)
came out to be about 450KB (0.45MB) when it was just tested. That
is a good file size. It has enough detail for me to work with
and is small enough that I'll be able to pick it up with my slow
modem. If this is all geek to you, call or email me. Or, just send
prints and I'll take care of the rest! (To be honest, it's geek to me
too, my son and husband speak computereeze!) The big point is that
the scan's don't need to be super high resolution.
Portraits by Holly
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