Naming and Sizing Digital Images

Any digital file submitted to the club for any purpose must be named and sized according to the guidelines below. This applies to all club activities i.e. competitions, critiques, show and tell, portfolio and annual submissions to name a few.

 

File Naming

All digital images submitted must be named and numbered using the following naming convention:

<Two Digit Number> <Name Surname> – <Image Title>
01 Rob Goodall – My Photo Title

For example:

Image 1: “01 Sam Jones – Big Tree”

Image 2: “02 Sam Jones – Mountain”

Image 3: “03 Sam Jones – Stream”

Image 4: “04 Sam Jones – A Great Photo”

 

Sizing and formatting

  • Digital images will not exceed 2Mb in size.
  • The pixel dimension shall not exceed 1920 pixels in width and 1200 pixels in height. (Note: You cannot switch these dimensions to be 1920 pixels in height and 1200 pixels in width)
  • The image resolution will be 72 pixels/inch.
  • The colour profile shall be sRGB.
  • All images must be saved/presented in the JPEG format.

 

Below are some tips and instructions to help with file naming and sizing using lightroom and photoshop. Note that the instructions for photoshop could be applied to other software packages so is worth reading if you are unsure of how to resize your images.

Lightroom tips for naming

If you are a Lightroom user, you can set up a Filename template which can then be used in the Hard Drive export settings:If you enter a title in the Title field for a photo in Lightroom, this will automatically be picked up in the Filename template, otherwise the filename has to be manually edited after export.

Note that our Competition Secretary loads all digital entries into Lightroom for presentation on the night, once loaded, each image is updated to include the name of the photographer. If you are a Lightroom user please consider typing your name into the “Creator” field as this will bring your name through automatically. If you use other post processing software and you have this option it would be a great help if you could add it in!

Creator details

Creator details

 

Photoshop tips for resizing

Note that other image editing programs follow a similar process.

Colour and Channel Selection

Tip: Always make a duplicate of your original and work on the duplicate file to preserve your original image file.

Adjust, crop, colour balance and sharpen in software at full resolution as you normally would do to print.

RGB Colour and 8 bit Channel Selection

Select: Image>Mode, and tick “RGB Colour” from the menu options.

Select: Image>Mode, and tick “8 Bits/Channel” from the menu options.

Convert to Profile

Select Edit->Convert to Profile.

In the “Destination Space” panel select “sRGB” from the dropdown options.

Click on “OK” to close the window.

Sizing Image

Set the resolution

Select Image->Image Size. (“Image Size” window will appear).

Ignore Width and Height in the “Document Size” panel of window.

In the “Document Size” panel, select from the dropdown box next to “Resolution”, “pixels/inch” and type 72 into input box.

Selecting the pixel dimensions

For Horizontal Images: In the “Pixel Dimensions” panel enter 1920 pixels in the “Width” input box and Photoshop will automatically adjust the vertical size.

If the “Height” input box is above 1200 pixels, type in 1200 and Photoshop will automatically reduce the horizontal size.

For Vertical Images: 

In the “Pixel Dimensions” panel enter 1200 pixels in the “Height” input box and Photoshop will automatically adjust the horizontal size.

If the “Width” input box is above 1920 pixels, type in 1920 and Photoshop will automatically reduce the vertical size.

For both landscape and portrait images:

Tick the “Constrain Proportions”.

Tick “Resample Image”

Select “Bicubic Sharper” from drop down box.

Click on “OK” to close the window

Saving File

Save the file

Select File->Save As and choose location to save image from the “Save in” dropdown box.

Name the file as below by typing it in the “File name” dropdown box

In the “Format” dropdown box select the JPEG file extension.

Click on “Save”.

JPEG Settings

The “JPEG Options” dialog window will open.

In the “Format Options” panel select “Baseline (“Standard”)”

In the “Image Options” panel, move slider to the right to increase or left to decrease the file size until it is be below 2 MB. (The number will appear under the “Preview” when you release the mouse).

Click on “OK” to close the window.