Preparing your images for The Art Room
We have collated this page for students who need a little help in digitizing their artwork. A good quality scan or photograph, optimized in the right way, is perfect for our tutors to assess.
We have prepared the following help files using the free photo editing software called Gimp. We recommend students use Gimp if they don't have any photo editing software, its a free and easy way to prepare your artwork. View our Gimp page for more details.
In the instance below the student has placed the sketchbook upside down into the scanner and scanned the entire bed of the scanner. We now need to rotate the artwork, crop it, resize it and save it as a JPEG ready to send to the tutor.
1 - Open your scanned or photographed artwork in Gimp - or your favoruite photo editing software.
2 - Rotate. If you need to rotate your image click 'Image' and 'Transform' and use the rotate option.
3 - Crop. Use the 'Crop Composition' Tool to crop your image to remove any unwanted areas. Drag the crop grid over the area you want to keep. Click inside the image to crop.
4 - Resizing. Scanned images and photos are usually quite high in resolution and this can take not only a long time to upload, but also to download for the tutor at their end, as not everyone is on a fast internet connection. So we recommend students reduce their work to 1500 pixels wide to upload to the The Art Room.
In Gimp click on 'Image' and 'scale image' you will see a small dialogue box open as shown below. Change the width to 1500 and leave everything else as it is. This will allow your image to still have a good resolution, be perfect quality for your tutor to view and will be easy to save and upload.
5 - Saving your file. Next you need to save your image and you need to save it as a JPEG. All scanning software should give you the option of saving to a particular file type, try NOT to save to pdf, tiff, gif, png. JPEG is the one you need.
In Gimp click on 'File' and 'export image'. Use the drop down list on the bottom right to find JPEG which is located in the middle of the list as shown below. It's really important that when you save your image - save it as a new file - do not overwrite your original as you will need to keep this at its high resolution file for future use.
If students need further guidance, or wish to ask any specific questions please use our contact form on our contact page.
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