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08/07/2003 12:11:43 PM · #1
There must be a simple and quick,literally , way to submitting prints. The confusing process is too much for my tiny brain. I have'nt the time or the computer skills to get the process right , am still trying however. I no that other sites have a more automated procedure, I'm sure that there are some sacrafices with that. Just a thought,thanks Eric,
08/07/2003 01:02:16 PM · #2
It's not exactly quick but it's not really hard either...just takes a couple of steps. Have you figured it out yet? It's something like this:

1. upload a low resolution photo to your portfolio.
2. Click on the photo and at the bottom is the option to upload a print resolution file. Upload it.
3. When it's uploaded, there is a link at the bottom with the option to sell. Click on it.
4. Submit your photo for approval. It's usually approved in less than 24 hours. The link at the bottom will say "approved" instead of "review" when they are done.
5. Go back to that link and select the prices for your photo. Make sure to check the box next to the prices so that they show up.
6. Don't forget to enter keywords and real title and stuff.
7. Done.
08/07/2003 01:11:23 PM · #3
the hard/time consuming part is the 'preparing of your shot at the correct aspect ratio and resolution, INCLUDING borders, etc'.

major PITA


08/07/2003 01:54:25 PM · #4
Originally posted by magnetic9999:

the hard/time consuming part is the 'preparing of your shot at the correct aspect ratio and resolution, INCLUDING borders, etc'.

major PITA


Setz did a Tutorial on printing at home that actually is useful for DPC Prints as well (so I found last night AFTER I strained my wee brain to figure it all out myself.

Pedro
08/07/2003 02:23:11 PM · #5
john's tutorial is quite helpful, and for those of you who are annoyed by redundancy and repetition, making a photoshop action that takes all the leg work out of resampling is the way to go. very simple process:

1. open your image and select the actions tab in the history palette.
2. click on the create new action icon
3. name the action. at this point you also have the option of creating a keyboard shortcut for it, which is convenient.
4. click the record button. follow john's tutorial on resampling at 5% increments up to 300 dpi.
5. stop recording. :)

i actually made 2 actions for this process--one for 300 dpi, and one for 360, (double the resolution of my images straight from the G2) just in case.

happy resampling! :)

Message edited by author 2003-08-07 14:24:55.
08/07/2003 03:09:18 PM · #6
Originally posted by Alecia:

4. click the record button. follow john's tutorial on resampling at 5% increments up to 300 dpi.


John's tutorial that states 200 DPI is good and 300 DPI is great is correct for your own printing, but it's not necessary (or preferred) for DPC Prints. Our printers have incredible processing software and will get your prints to the right size for their printers. We require 150 DPI, because from our testing, prints sent at 150 DPI came out really well. There is no need for you to resample higher than this, and in fact, it just makes our job harder and consumes unnecessary space. I'll also add that you probably shouldn't resample more than 1 size up, but that'll vary higher or lower depending on your file. This certainly isn't directed at Alecia -- she just reminded me to say it :)

Drew
08/07/2003 03:16:18 PM · #7
Thankyou Alecia and Drew, this info is very helpful. :-)
08/07/2003 03:23:14 PM · #8
John's tutorial is really handy. I found the whole 'resizing to aspect ratio' thing really cumbersome at first, too, but have gotten the hang of it now. I'm looking forward to getting more of my prints up on dpcprints. I've had people asking me for a long time how they can buy my prints with a credit card - now I have an answer for them!
08/08/2003 10:44:43 AM · #9
regarding resampling: Being the lazy-arse that I am, I wanted to just immediately resample up to my desired resolution. Alecia made me do it right, increasing the DPI 5PPI at a time, and it made a noticable difference in the final quality. So take the time to do it incrementally - it matters.

And send Alecia the bill for your time.

Pedro
08/08/2003 11:02:44 AM · #10
no worries, i had to learn the hard way too! its just a matter of passing on stuff i learned from the likes of john setz, gordon and refracted. im much better at the instant gratification style, but with some things you just cant cut corners. sigh. ;)
08/08/2003 12:39:51 PM · #11
Well I guess I just have to put in the work to get the best results, But still I wonder how webshots does it automatically. By the way, Drew thanks for the info as well as everyone else.
08/08/2003 12:43:16 PM · #12
Originally posted by BadPigg:

Well I guess I just have to put in the work to get the best results, But still I wonder how webshots does it automatically. By the way, Drew thanks for the info as well as everyone else.


Here you sell your photos,and you make proffit in your store!
In webshots they take all,stay with them!
08/08/2003 01:33:27 PM · #13
Originally posted by BadPigg:

Well I guess I just have to put in the work to get the best results, But still I wonder how webshots does it automatically. By the way, Drew thanks for the info as well as everyone else.


Simple: they don't mind sacrificing quality for speed.

we're a little more sophisti-ma-cated than that.

P

Message edited by author 2003-08-08 13:33:53.
08/08/2003 07:54:30 PM · #14
Originally posted by BadPigg:

But still I wonder how webshots does it automatically.

We put the burden on the sellers rather than the customers to ensure that they're getting exactly what they see on the screen.

Drew
08/08/2003 08:04:22 PM · #15
Originally posted by BadPigg:

There must be a simple and quick,literally , way to submitting prints. The confusing process is too much for my tiny brain. I have'nt the time or the computer skills to get the process right , am still trying however. I no that other sites have a more automated procedure, I'm sure that there are some sacrafices with that. Just a thought,thanks Eric,

I put over 100 for sale ,system is quick and easy to use!
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