Preparing PDI Entries

Resizing

  1. Open the image file
  2. Select: Image > Resize > Image Size (in Elements) or Image > Image Size (in Photoshop CS) to display a dialog box
  3. Ensure that all the following boxes are checked: Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample Image
  4. Ensure that Resample Image is set to Bicubic
  5. If the image has not been previously resized then the Resolution shown in the Document Size box will probably be 72 pixels/inch (standard for most cameras), but even if it isn’t, there is no need to adjust the resolution
  6. For Portrait format, change the Height only to 1050 pixels
  7. For Landscape format, change the Width to 1400 pixels. If the resultant Height is greater than 1050 pixels, change it back to 1050
  8. Click OK to resize the image

Adding a Simple Border (Optional)

  1. First a word of warning: do NOT use either heavy or very bright colours for your border (judges tend to take a serious dislike to this practice and to be honest it really does nothing for the image)
  2. This is by far the easiest method (there are others), as it ensures that the final image size selected in the procedure above, will be retained
  3. With your resized image open in Elements or Photoshop CS, hold down Ctrl (cmd if using a Mac) and press “A”, which will select the whole image (i.e. sets a marching ants line around the outside of the image) or go to Select > All in top menu bar
  4. Go to Edit > Stroke (Outline) Selection in top menu bar which will open a dialogue box
  5. In Stroke box set Width to your preferred border size (e.g. 2.5 pixels) and set border colour by clicking on Color; either selecting from colour pallet that opens or use the colour picker to click on a complementary colour within your image (hint: stick to pastel shades!)
  6. Check the circle next to Inside within Location box
  7. Set Blending Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100%
  8. Leave Transparency box unchecked
  9. Click OK

Saving

  1. Select: File > Save As, to display a dialog box
  2. Browse to find an appropriate folder for the Save In box
  3. In the File Name box enter the Title and Author with an underscore between the title and the author’s name
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: IF THE FILE EXTENSION .jpg or .jpeg APPEARS AS PART OF THE ORIGINAL TITLE THEN THIS MUST BE DELETED
  5. In the Format box select JPEG
  6. Select: Save to display a dialog box
  7. Choose Image Quality of 10 or more
  8. Click OK to save the image
  9. Finally check to make sure that the title of the saved image is in the format: Chocolate Box_Art Felt

Submitting

Entries should be submitted electronically and must, unless otherwise stated, reach the competition organiser no later than 12.00 midnight on the Wednesday before the competition date. Please see the Submitting PDI Images page for full details.

Alternatively, entries may be submitted manually on CDs or memory sticks by arrangement with the competition organiser who will normally require the midnight Wednesday deadline to be met.