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I have been recently going to peoples artwork when they post in the forum, especially those that are discussing marketing and no sales.
I have been disappointed with many of them on the quality of the uploads (NOT the art itself which is pretty awesome)
PLEASE everyone, look at your own full res previews on your image page. Is it crystal clear? If a painting, can you see the depth of the paint, the canvas etc? Is the full res preview as clear as the painting itself?
If a drawing, is it discoloured on here?
Have you got pixels showing (little blocks and uneven lines caused by enlarging images)
Is the work slightly blurry?
Can we see edges of the work? Frames?
If the answer to any of these is the wrong one, or even slightly the wrong one, please read up on how to photograph your work, or read the manual on your scanner to get the very best image you can.
The image on the left is perfect. The image on the right was refused for print
If you do not fix them, if you get a sale, which is not likely with blurry pixellated images, then FAA will be contacting you to re upload before they will print and that can take time and lose you the sale!
To tell the truth, if I were looking for art to buy and saw problems like those, I'd definitely keep looking, but on a different site. By the same token, any buyer whose transaction is delayed or cancelled because the site discovered at the last minute that the image wasn't suitable for printing, isn't going to be a happy bunny at all.
I've argued before that all uploads should be checked by FAA for printability before being offered for sale (for the sake of the site's professional reputation, if nothing else), but the response has always been that they don't have the resources - maybe it's time for a rethink in that department?
I agree and fully support Beth's suggestions. I would consider it a slap in my face should I be contacted to upload a replacement. I am constantly fine tuning my gallery and deleting poor quality (and I have some) photos. Fortunately, I have yet to be asked to upload a better quality photograph for any of my sales. We all make mistakes, but best we catch and fix them before they sell. As artist's we have to remember we are editor's as well.
I'm currently in the process of removing options to print and fixing the images. This is my first time on a POD site and I didn't realize that some of my images were as blurry as they were until they were put up here. It would have been helpful for FAA to inform me at the uploading stage. I had lost my photoshop when my computer crashed a while back so I was limited on what I could do to my images. Installing the new photoshop today, in fact. A lot of work ahead for me, but I'll fix it. Some day, I'll be able to get back to painting. Sheesh! The learning curve is killing me! :-)
Rein that is a pretty obvious statement really. IF you r images are meant to have soft focus then that will show and is not what we are talking about.
For instance if someone puts up a photo of a canvas painting then you should see the paint and the canvas texture. Quite often the image is not sharp or clear enough to see that.
A photo that is meant to be of of focus or slightly blurred is not what we are talking about here
I notice that most of my pics can't be blown up to large sizes. Is that an indication that my pictures are blurry? Also, my file sizes tend to be over 2mg, and I've been assuming the larger the file, the better the print. Is that accurate?
No that is not always accurate. You can have a really bad quality large image.
If the full res doesnt work it normally means the image is small pixel-wise. Could be a good quality image though.
Rein the fact that they are the printers and have been in the business for years. Anyone can see normally by looking at a picture.
Ok here you are, let's try an example....
Take a look at this picture (which is amazingly good ;) LOL)
It is ok to look at normal size on the page and looks like it could be alright as a prints, sort of although you can tell the colouring is off... should be white, so that is a no-no for printing. It would not give an accurate print really but, colour is choice HOWEVER, if you click the full preview you can see clearly that it is not ok for printing, besides the bad colouring......
If your images look like that then they are not printable. This is completely different from this
I can also attest that FAA will work with you to get a decent print.
But the last thing you want is to have to pull things out and reshoot them in a rush, to get a good image over to them.
I would like to know that once something is in my gallery, I never have to worry about it again, ever. Alas, two years and I'm still working on it, lol.
Just in case nobody has seen this I am bumping it up again.
Please check your full res previews, or even better, check your images at 100% on your computer. If any marks, bnlurriness, sharp spots, pixellation is there.. if you cannot see the canvas under a canvas painting, or the texture of the paint strokes, then it probably is not print ready.
It is the artists responsibility to make sure their own images are print ready.
Question; When you hit the full res preview button at what DPI or PPI are you previewing the image on the computer screen*
The reason I ask is that some images that might show some issues at 72 or 100 PPI on a high res view will print wonderfully at prints done at 150 or 200 DPI. I know a couple of my images will not print at 40"x30" but look absolutely spectacular at 20"x30". I have some others that may show artifacts from both the camera and editing at "full res" but will print wonderfully at half that.
I look at each image before I upload and do my own tests as to how large they will print well. Of course the problem is clients will base judgement on how clear the image is based on the green box when that may or may not be true at the sizes offered for sale. That's OK as most of my images are fine even high res but hand held macros and snake shots generally will not work at a full res printing.
As far as I know, and I am sure Sean will put me right during the week, you see whatever you uploaded. You see your own image at whatever you uploaded it at.
However when I look at yours it looks awfully sharpened.
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I couldn't open the link that LJ provided either. And I'm struggling and learning and cleaning up some of my older work on this site as time goes on just like many others are. I do have a couple of questions though. I've noticed on some new devices that much-much higher resolutions are being used and displayed. And. well, I have always published items here that are at least 300 ppi but I am curious if anyone is going up and putting things here up to 400 ppi or 500 ppi. Granted, different printers might have to res-down, but wouldn't that option be better for them and for FAA then having an image too small and in poor quality? I mean, anything set to 72 is really terrible print quality to begin with.
My other question is ... ? ... partly a question and partly a statement and would love to hear feedback. Is it better to be straightforward with each other when we come across each others work to send an email or send a nudge about the quality of the image or cropping... and what is the general consensus here about the correct way to tactfully and gently do this -- in an effort to help each other learn and get better AND make more sales. It seems to me that it would be doing each other a favor and helping to raise the quality and reputation etc. of this site, but I'm sure that I might be the odd-person out. Some people might take great offense to this, so... what do others recommend? Thank you.
I notice a marked degradation of quality when I view my images on FAA in the standard low-res display. All my files are uploaded at 300 ppi, none were enlarged and most were shot with 18 mp cameras (converted from RAW to the highest quality jpegs). I can't view pieces of them at high-res in the little green box because 90% of the time the preview will not load. If the high-res preview doesn't work for me, I must assume it doesn't work for potential buyers either and all they can see are low-res, degraded images. Is there any chance of reaching a happy compromise that would display a higher-resolution image since most of my images won't display in high-res boxes?
Megan. The DPI of the device or the image fil does not affect wat prints here. Only the total number of pixels. The printer will adjust the DPI to maximum of 400 and a minimum of about 100, depending on the size of the print and the total number of pixels.Some may scan at high resolution to get a good image , but the DPI is adjusted by the printer accordingly. Changing DPI in an image editor changes nothing unless it also changes the file size, which it would do if you resample.The file size may be decreased but should never be increased. My normal workflow is to scan at a high DPI and then drop it after editing.
I can't say how people will react if you contact them with a critique. So far I have done it successfully a few times and I am no diplomat. I don't give unsolicited critiques in a forum, which can be very rude and embarrassing no matter how well meaning.
Kathleen, There has been some discussion about the image file pages appearance in another thread. I don't know why the green box does not always load. Both are problems with the site that could affect sales, but not print quality.
I'm in agreement with Kethleen about not being able to look at the high-res preview of my own work (and sometimes other people's work) because the preview won't load. All I get is the broken-image and sometimes I have to wait and wait and wait to even get that. Is it me or is it FAA?
Thanks, Bradford. I understand it won't affect print quality but I wonder how make sales are lost (not just mine!) because buyers are put off by the low-res display. They can't know that the original files may be substantially higher quality than what they view on the FAA site.
I though I had it - but maybe not...sheesss.... more questions -
I went to the Image Upload page and under Do not enlarge images - followed a link at the bottom of the instructions that took me to a discussion that was posted by Shaun, though he signed it Brian (?) I didn't quite follow that - but the information in this first post was detailed and wonderful.....
so now I see here explained also not to enlarge the image or change the dpi because the 'DPI doesn't matter' - wait, dpi doesn't matter????
I tested an image that is straight out of my camera - Canon EOS Rebel T1i - my original is 3456 x 2304 at 72 and is 23,328KB and the jpg file size is 3,393KB
when I uploaded it as is - the largest option to print that came up automatically is 40 x 26.625 ----
but according to the chart here at FAA -
http://fineartamerica.com/printondemand.html it was OK under the 'minimum acceptable' but under the' minimum recommended' for a size around the 3456 x 2304 - it would only be an 8 x 10 - that is a big difference.
What does this mean? At 72 dpi, would FAA actually print this at 40 x 26??
As Christi said above - FAA prints at 100 dpi - should I have changed it to 100dpi, which then changes the image to 34 x 23 - (the multiply by 100 works!)
So before I change what I already have uploaded - I'd like to understand what I really should be doing.
Also - in the discussion by Brian (or Shaun?) I mentioned at the beginning - he cautions about the 'JPEG compression setting' - that it be as low as possible.
I looked as I was saving it as a jpg file - and under 'options' I saw that it was set at 50% -- I didn't do that - it must be the default......so does that mean that I've been compressing all my files, and according to Brian, irreversibly losing the quality??? Or is it my camera doing that also, as when I look at the properties of the original image, I see that there is JPEG compression -
what does all this mean?? I am now totally confused!
Can someone please set me straight -- or should I be signing up for a course?
Andrea, I can't speak to any of the FAA recommendations but I strongly advise that you shoot only in RAW, not jpg. Much more information is recorded in RAW than jpg, which means that you will have much more latitude in post-processing. It is my understanding that you lose 75% of the image information by shooting jpg vs. RAW. Don't convert to 8-bit jpgs until you are done editing the RAW image and then save it at the highest jpg setting.
Keep off the compression Andrea as much as possible. 50% is a lot of compression
Do not worry please about the ppi at all. You are shooting at 72 naturally it appears and that will be fine if the work is at good quality.
The 100ppi is good for math. 1000 pixels = 10" but, people need to just worry more about the quality of the image, and please forget all this about the ppi
dpi is not needed to be worried about at all, by any of the artists.... that is a printer term.
so this is ALL you need worry about
You need to view all your work, at 100%, in your programme before uploading, and go over every inch. Do not compress, or compress very little, (down to 10 in Photoshop)
If you sell an image we will refuse to print if the image shows.......
Blurriness nor in keeping with the image (ie not meant to be there)
normal font signature
signature cropped half off the image
noticeable camera flash
Kathleen and Abbie - thank you very much for the help.
I have seen some back and forth about shooting in RAW without a definite conclusion, of course. I do see the merit, however, as I just tested it and am very surprised at the size of the file! The old concept of not using up so much memory really isn't an issue anymore as it is all so inexpensive, so I have to alter my old mindset, I think, to actually get the best image my camera and I can get.
So I will definitely shoot in RAW particularly when I know I am taking photos seriously with the possibility of having it enlarged.
Regardless, now I will go back and re-examine all I have uploaded and will go back to the original images for the problem ones and I won't increase the resolution this time, accept the dpi as is and make sure that the compression is as low as possible.
Again - I am very grateful for the time you've taken to give me all this wonderful advice.
Abbie, thank you for your explanations about print quality, they have been very helpful to me. However, one thing not listed in your last post is noise. I have concern about some of my images that have been converted to HDR. They have a good appearance when viewed at sizes I think will print well, but if viewed in full resolution there is noticeable noise. Will the printer reject these in the smaller sizes?
These are all good questions and good answers... the bokeh question is very interesting too and I'd like to hear an answer. I just want to say that I am in a Digital Design program at my local college and my instructor constantly hammers into us that anything intended for print publication or sale MUST be at 300ppi or else he will not even print it or publish it or even present it to any professional ad agency, etc. He refuses to even consider anything below 150. Yes, I understand that this is a printing term or issue, but isn't Printing On Demand exactly what this is all about and why we are even on this website to begin with! We all want to make sales, right. So, shouldn't people be advised to submit 300ppi as at least 'recommended.'~~
Here's how you add your images to any discussion:
1. Go to your Artist page, and then to Galleries and then to the image you want to include in your thread.
2. In the lower right hand corner of your image, that shows how the art can be ordered, framed,canvas,etc, in the bottom is a box, just under the color pallette, click on that box.
3. With the box now highlighted, do a "CTL C"
4. Return to the discussion thread that you want to add the image to and do a "paste" or a "CTL V"
a href='http://fineartamerica.com/featured/ball-of-light-marco-island-beach-rich-franco.html' size='20'>
5. You're almost there! The image will show up after you hit "submit"
6. Extra credit!!! You can change the size of your image by changing the 2 numbers after the "=" sign, width & height, but do so proportionally so you don't distort the image.
And as far as pixels, you should be able to see that with any software that you have or came with the camera, it will be under "image size" of something like that,
p.s. looking at your 2 images, seems like you have a pretty nice camera and there should be all kinds of info in the manual about the capture size.
Don't forget to change the ALT and TITLE tags in your image before hitting submit for EXTRA, EXTRA credit.....
Back to quality issues.... I know FAA has a no shame policy but can we admins post images of artworks that have serious problems in our group threads????
ie; Crop marks, blurs, high noise, flash splashes, over cooked, under cooked.... etc?????
I don't want to make people feel bad, and I certainly am not a pro at spotting or even fixing some of these issue, but I know I appreciate when someone tells me....hey Barbara, take a look at this, it might not print because.....it might not be what I wanted to hear, but I appreciated it because I would much rather fix it before a problem with an order....
So can we as admins have a thread in our group where we post up images with problems without feeling like we are shaming some one??? I don't want to start emailing people individually because that could be a full time job....
Thank you so much! I joined your group and am now uploading quite a few more photos. Your message, I'm not
ashamed to say, made me jump up and yell, "YAY" while dancing around in glee. Yours is the first comment on
my work and I'm very grateful !!
Here's one of my first photos with the new camera I got last week. I have quite a few others, too.
Is it better to load all at once? In other words, the more uploaded the more exposure on this site?
Or is it the view count that matters most?
On this site, with few exceptions, it's really about quantity of images,especially if they are generic, "sunsets,flowers,birds" etc. If very specific, then artists here are selling ALL the time with 100 or so!