Recommend Dimensions for "Client"

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by David Habercom, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. This is a little odd, but then so am I...

    I am a fine art photog and am winding up a series of portraits of homeless
    people here in Knoxville. (Yes, they volunteered (eagerly), got paid,
    signed releases, and understood I will probably hang them in local shows.)
    I shot these outdoors under a bridge near where many congregate. Needless
    to say, I didn't just go out and set up my tripod and wait, not because of
    any real danger but because of mistrust -- I'd still be waiting without
    some kind of validation in their eyes. So I worked through one of several
    agencies which serve the homeless here, and they paired me up with a fellow
    who has lived on the street for 17 years and is known and respected among
    his peers. (They do have a social fabric, though I imagine the rules
    differ from ours by a bit...)

    Though I own the photographs and want generally to protect my ownership, in
    this unusual case I feel a need to make images available to the local
    homeless agencies to use in any way they see fit. I will trust them not to
    damage my interests and accept whatever risk that entails. I will ask for
    credit, of course, and a copyright line. I plan to provide the images on
    CD in sizes suitable for Web viewing and general print purposes. My
    questions have to do with my best choice of size and format.

    For online viewing, what is the smallest JPG that won't pixellate before
    full-screen? 600 pixels on the long side? Should I provide thumbnails, or
    let them deal with that? If so, what dimensions?

    For printing, what is the smallest size that will yield a good image
    quality in brochure size (say, 6 in. maximum?) without giving away my best
    print capability? (My operating format is TIF and file sizes are about 60
    megs.) Will a JPG do, or should I provide a TIF?

    Or should I just offer the print size only and let them make the smaller

    It may be of some significance that these agencies are filled with folks
    who spend all day thinking about social problems and don't, as a rule, have
    knowledge of, or access to, the cool graphics programs we enjoy. If they
    use these CDs at all, they will likely take them to a third party -- maybe
    a small print shop -- and ask for a fund raising brochure, etc.

    I look forward to your advice on this.


    David Habercom, Jul 24, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    Use Photoshop's Web Gallery maker to create a folder of viewable images for
    the client. Thumbs would be, say, roughly 100 x 150 pixels, and the main
    images, say 400 x 600 pixels- all at 72 dpi. Burn the resulting folder onto
    a CD. That way they can view your work off the CD, in a web browser, order
    any image from you by the file name. And you retain the original, full-size
    images. Also try making a watermark of some sort, your name and date for
    instance and put those strategically on the main image.

    Rob, Jul 24, 2003
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    SpaceGirl Guest

    ooooh oooooh been there. I mean, Knoxville. Which... is weird cuz I live in
    Scotland. Um... okay... drunk must not post here. nite
    SpaceGirl, Jul 25, 2003
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