Preparing Color and Monochrome Prints
- Prints must be mounted, but do not need to be matted.
- The print size for the Beginner Class may be up to a maximum of 8.5”x11” in size, but no smaller than 5”x7”. The maximum overall mount size is 11”x14”.
- The print size for the Advanced and Masters Classes may be up to 16”x20” in size, but no smaller than 5”x7”. The maximum overall mount size is 16”x20”.
- The title, maker’s name, competition class and competition category must be on the back of each print in the upper left corner. Prints that are not properly marked are not eligible for competition. Download a print label template here that uses Avery 8163, or 5163, labels.
- Submit digital copy of print (see Projected Images below) by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday immediately prior to the DCC competition meeting.
Preparing Prints for Submission
Turn in your prints to the Print Chairperson(s) at the competition meeting which is the first meeting of each month.
Cover over any prior labels so that only one label is visible.
Please make sure that there is no exposed adhesive on either the tape being used to hold the mat or on the plastic sleeve used to protect the image. This can cause damage to other images as well as yours.
It is recommended that your name be put on sleeves in case they are separated from the print.
It is requested that members refrain from using honeycomb or foam filled board as a mat or mount, you may use the 1/8″ thick board if you are not using a mat. Using honeycomb or foam filled board is bulky and takes up too much space in the shipping containers. You may use 1/8″ foam core if you are not matting your image. (see Illustration A)
The definition for monochrome prints follows PSA rules. An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A grayscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.
Any print that doesn’t meet the definition of a monochrome print as defined above may be entered as a color print.
Projected images are submitted in digital format only. The source may be from a digital camera or from a scanned negative, slide or print. See instructions for preparing projected images in the next section.
Upload a digital copy of your print entries using the Image Submission page. These digital copies of your print submissions are used to in the competition show, print awards and to publish images in the newsletter,. These digital copies may also be entered in future interclub projected image competitions. The digital copy should adhere to the guidelines for preparing projected images as defined in the following Projected Image section.
Please NoteDigital copies of your print entries must be submitted online or your prints will not be considered for competition.
- Maximum image width is 1920 pixels
- Maximum image height is 1280 pixels (This means vertically oriented images should not be taller than 1280 pixels.)
- File size shall not exceed 3MB
- File must be in JPG format. (.jpg, .JPG)
- Color space sRGB is recommended (though not required).
- Submit images by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday immediately prior to the DCC competition meeting.
Preparing Projected Images
To prepare a digital projected image for submission, follow the steps below. If there is a need for additional guidance in preparing an image, please contact the Projected Images Chairperson.
- Open: Open image in any image-editing program.
- Flatten: If the image has multiple layers, flatten at this time. Under the Layer drop-down menu, choose Flatten Image.
- Resize: Resize image so Pixel Dimensions do not exceed 1920 pixels in width or 1280 pixels in height. Under the Image drop-down menu, choose Image Size. Check the Resample Image and Constrain Proportions boxes and then change Pixel Dimensions to meet size constraints as defined.
- Set Color Space: It is recommended (though not required) that you change the color space to sRGB, if your working color space is different. This will ensure that the color is rendered properly when the image is projected. Under the Edit drop-down menu, choose Convert to Profile and select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from the Destination Space-Profile drop-down list. Suggest using Adobe (ACE) Engine, setting Intent to Relative Colorimetric or Perceptual, checking Use Black Point Compensation, and checking Use Dither.
- Sharpen: If desired, sharpen the final image.
- Save: Save the image in JPG/JPEG/JPE format.
- Under the File drop-down menu, choose Save As and select JPG/JPEG/JPE from the drop-down list. Check the ICC Profile box. It is recommended that this image be saved using a different file name than the original.
- Click Save which takes you to the next dialog box. Under Format Options, choose Baseline (“Standard”). Choose the highest image Quality setting.
- Submit: Upload your image from this site using the “Digital Image Submission Page”. You must be logged in and therefore a member to see this page or to have it show up in the menu.
Online Image Submittal Requirements
Online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday immediately prior to the DCC competition meeting. If the image size is too large, the image is not eligible for judging. A confirmation email will be sent after a successful upload. If you do not receive a confirmation message, you must assume that your image was not received and you should contact the Competition chairperson. Rejected images may be resent if received before the deadline above.