EMA747
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High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:10 pm

I have been having a look at stock agencies (non av) and the issue of high res images comes up. My questions is how do you make a high res image to send to a buyer? My current workflow is as follows:

In Lightroom
Crop
Adjust white ballance
Adjust exposure, curves, etc if necessary
Add a touch of sharpening

Then export to Photoshop as JPEG
In PS I do any colour correction and layer work
Crop to around 1024 by 683 px
Then add some USM
Then save

The final JPEG is small so how would I send a buyer a high res image of it? What would I have to do to it?

Thanks for any help.  Smile
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RE: High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:23 pm

First thing that comes in mind is don't resize it to 1024. Leave it the size of the original. And save it as Tiff or psd, so they can also work on it. That's what i have done when asked for a picture for Airliner World.
 
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RE: High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:58 pm

Should modify that to something like:

In Lightroom
Crop
Adjust white ballance
Adjust exposure, curves, etc if necessary
Add a touch of sharpening

Then export to Photoshop as JPEG TIFF or PSD
In PS I do any colour correction and layer work
Crop to around 1024 by 683 px If they give you requirements, you can crop to that (ie 7" wide at 300ppi)
Then add some USM
Then save (highest quality .jpg should work if it's for a magazine or similar, otherwise TIFF or PSD)

Mike
 
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RE: High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:22 pm

When the company I work for wants hi-rez images we ask for them in TIFF format and as large as possible - We can get 60, 70 meg plus sized files, normally on CD. We don't like them over sharp either, certainly not to the amount that is used to get images on a.net.

Always leave your customer room for adjustment so don't crank the contrast or levels to the max !

If in doubt ask your customer what he wants exactly.

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RE: High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:40 pm

I agree with Jid and should have made note of that as well. Always ask but it's usually best to leave the majority of the editing for the client to handle. So, you could probably knock your process down quite a bit.

Mike
 
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RE: High-Res Images

Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:32 pm

Thanks for the help guys. I think I understand now.

Quoting Mikephotos (Reply 2):
Should modify that to something like:

In Lightroom
Crop
Adjust white ballance
Adjust exposure, curves, etc if necessary
Add a touch of sharpening

Then export to Photoshop as JPEG TIFF or PSD
In PS I do any colour correction and layer work
Crop to around 1024 by 683 px If they give you requirements, you can crop to that (ie 7" wide at 300ppi)
Then add some USM
Then save (highest quality .jpg should work if it's for a magazine or similar, otherwise TIFF or PSD)

Mike

From the above example would it be a good idea to save a copy of all edited pics in large format and then a second copy after they have been resized for a.net?

As for not sharpening them too much before sending them to buyers... If I don't do this quite a few of the pics still look a bit crappy when not resized and sharpened. Is this normal? I mean when I resize to a.net requirements I find it a lot easier to get the sharpening looking good. With them in large format if you view at 100% size then it is very hard to see all of the image for editing. It's just not as easy to judge the amount of sharpenign required.
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