Taking the Image.
How to upload your Artwork:
To minimize any parallel projections or warping, your camera angle must be parallel to the angle of your artwork (see image below for reference) for example if you require your art to lean against the wall, the camera must mimic the angle.
Pro Tip: Be sure to activate the self-timer on the camera, as this will stop any shuddering when you press the button to photograph and allow the camera to be perfectly still when you shoot.
To maximise the quality of the photo be sure to zoom in slightly, cameras aren’t at their sharpest when completely zoomed out nor completely zoomed in. Best results are somewhere in between.
Another good idea is to set your aperture to F8 but make sure if you do that it’s on a tripod! After taking your first image there are some things to look out for!If it is too dark or bright, use the exposure compensation feature in your camera to correct. The colour and exposure shown on your camera should be as close as possible to the original artwork You can make adjustments to your file later on your computer but risk losing quality or damaging the image file.
Download your photos and chose the best image and open it up! Use the cropping toolso you only see the piece itself and make sure you check for any image borders. Zoom into the image at 100% and check it over carefully for any imperfections or that isn’t there in the original artwork. You can use the retouch tools to fix any minor issues. Sometimes boosting the contrast can help your art look more true to life but be really careful not to overdo it because a great image can be ruined by too much editing.
If it is soft or blurry there is a high chance your autofocus made a mistake or the camera moved while being taken. Remember to take several photos of your art even if you think you got it right! You may notice things you didn’t on your camera when you transfer the files to your computer screen and enlarge the image. Don’t pack up yet either until you have 100% checked your image on a screen as you may notice imperfections and a problem you can’t fix then you may need to reshoot.
If you do not want Artify to crop your image be sure to check your image aspect ratio and crop your image to fit one of our three aspect ratios of (1:1, 2:3 or 3:2), otherwise Artify will do this for you from the centre of the image. See cropping examples (above) to understand how we will crop your image. Save the image as a JPEG or PNG to your computer and be sure to leave the compression to the highest quality so it can fit our full range of sizes (S,M,L,XL,XXL) and maximise your sale options.
Once you have transferred your image onto the PC it is time to edit it to size and colour. There are plenty of art applications that are out there for processing your image:
Get your space ready before you get your artwork. You will require a wall to hang your art or somewhere to lean your art on with very bright but soft lighting. A large window can make for a great light source on a bright sunny day, or shooting outdoors on an overcast day would allow for similar conditions.
Tip: Harsh lighting can create unwanted shadows and/or reflections which would result in your art being manipulated.
Find the Right Place to Photograph your Work.
Learn how to Make the Most of your Camera Settings.
To get the best possible image quality out of your camera you want to adjust a few settings first; use a micro-fibre cloth to wipe any dirt or smudges off your lens; set your ISO on your camera to 100 or 200.
For the cleanest shot, your camera mustn’t shake or move while the image is being exposed, therefore a tripod or a flat level surface when shooting is ideal. Flash and any indoor lighting will overpower any natural light you are using so remember to turn these off before shooting. The best way to make sure the colours in the image are the same as they are in real life is to alter the white balance. If the white balance is tinting your image to blue or any other colour, you can adjust the preset to match your shooting conditions, e.g indoors, outdoors, daylight,.
Getting the Correct Angle for your Image.
Ensuring you Can Capture your Desired Image.
Position your camera horizontally or vertically to match the aspect ratio of your art. Leave some space around the edges of your artwork but be sure to make the edging as minimal as possible as this will maximise the resolution you will get out of your camera.