How to Prepare Your Images for Presentation

In order to accommodate the many events and artists of TAG we are going to an all digital jurying system. Here are some tips to ensure your art looks its best.

Photographing Your Artwork
TAG encourages artists to use extra care or professional photographers to document their artwork. Using professionals helps to ensure that your work is presented in the best way possible with proper lighting, image composition, and resolution of the digital images.

You may also wish to view Tips for Photographing Your Artwork, from ZAPP.

PLEASE NOTE THAT “WEBSITE DISPLAY” IMAGES ARE DIFFERENT FROM “PUBLICITY” IMAGES

Formatting Your Images for Website Display
Please follow these specifications in order to attach website display images to your website.

  • Recommended Dimensions for Display: Largest: 1800 pixels on the longest side at 72dpi.
  • File Format: Save all images preferably as Baseline Standard JPEG. Do not save as a Progressive JPEG.
  • File Size: Total upload should be under 50k per image.
  • Resolution: 72 dpi
    Note: This resolution size will allow the images to display quickly.
  • Color space: Save images in RGB color space, preferably sRGB.

Formatting Your Images for Publicity Shots – for printing–to be downloaded by TAG or a media outlet
Please follow these specifications in order to attach publicity images to your website and have a successful TAG show.

  • Recommended Dimensions for Publicity Shots: 1800 pixels on the longest side at 300dpi.
  • File Format: Save all images preferably as Baseline Standard JPEG. Do not save as a Progressive JPEG.
  • File Size: Total upload should be under 25 MB.
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
    Note: This resolution size will assist in allowing the images to be used for print, especially post cards.
  • Color space: Save images in RGB color space, preferably sRGB.

Photo Editing Software
You can use also use photo editing programs to help you format your images successfully. The options below are some of the most widely used programs or software.

  • Adobe Photoshop (the industry standard photographer’s tool set)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements (offers fewer tools than the full version, but allows for formatting images to specifications at a lower price point).
  • Gimp  Free open source image editing software.
  • Mac Users: The application “Preview” can format images to specifications.
  • Online Resources: Sumo, Aviary, and Pixlr are some of the websites out there that offer image editing right in the browser.