Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Photo Cards Tips

Lots of folks will be taking photos for their holiday photo cards and Christmas photo cards during the Thanksgiving holidays. Here's a few of our best tips for taking a great photo for your Christmas cards.


1- Natural light and minimal background. Outdoor light is always brighter and whiter than indoor light, which can appear more yellow in photos
2- Wear bright solid colors
3- set your camera for the highest file size possible.
4- pay attention to shadows, especially on faces. Switch directions that you are sitting relative to lights to eliminate the shadows

We suggest a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1050 pixels and 300dpi. Only submit original images that HAVE NOT been cropped, edited, or altered in any way. Please note you cannot change a smaller 72 dpi photo to be 300dpi. The photo needs to be taken with these settings. This can be accomplished by adjusting the settings in your camera. Please see your camera's manual for how to do this.

The quality of the final cards depends largely on the quality of the digital photo. The best photos are those taken as a high-resolution image in natural light with very little shadows. Shadows and dark spots can print out as grainy on card stock, so we use glossy photo cards. Glossy hides a lot of flaws!

Please note that photos that may look good on a computer screen, may not look the same when printed. Computer screens are designed to display a max of 72dpi, so a photo taken with 72dpi will look good online because of the light coming through the monitor from behind the photo, but not as sharp when printed. This is why we suggest 300 dpi- 300 "dots per inch" allows for a lot more saturation than 72.

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