This article shows you how to export .jpeg images that match the PCC Competition spec - with a coloured stroke border.
Currently our Competition spec for a PDI (Projected Digital Image) is as follows:
1400 pixels wide (max) x 1050 pixels high (max) @ 72 ppi resolution
*PORTRAIT and/or SQUARE ORIENTATION
1050 pixels high (max) x 1050 pixels wide(max) @ 72 ppi resolution
*max filesize is 0.5 MB - and *Colour Profile is sRGB
we are going to use the LR Print Module to create a customisable preset which PRINTS THE IMAGE TO A FILE instead of the printer.
(see the screen shots below)
*Use the CUSTOM FILE PACKAGE layout (in the LAYOUT STYLE Panel)
(This avoids problems with page margins etc)
*RULERS GRIDS AND GUIDES Panel
IMPORTANT - set the Ruler Units to points
This effectively maps Pixels to Points - when set to 72ppi file resolution
SET UP the PRINT JOB Panel
*you set the 'Print To' option to jpeg File
*You set the 'Image File Resolution' to 72ppi
*You set the CUSTOM FILE DIMENSIONS (in points)
W1400 x H1050 is a good starting point for LANDSCAPE IMAGE
W1050 x H1050 is a good starting point for a PORTRAIT IMAGE
(you may need to know the finished pixel dimensions of a cropped image)
SETTING THE CORRECT SIZE FOR YOUR IMAGE:
Drag your Image onto the page.
Basically you first need to to set the CUSTOM FILE DIMENSIONS to fit your image first.
*You will need the finished pixel dimensions of your image to be accurate.
(especially if the image has been cropped)
(IT MAY BE EASIER TO EXPORT YOUR IMAGE FIRST - in the normal way using the LR File/EXPORT.... option.
Find it where you saved it - THEN WRITE DOWN THE FINISHED PIXEL DIMENSIONS)
*TYPE IN THE FINISHED DIMENSIONS (in points) OF YOUR IMAGE IN THE CUSTOM FILE DIMENSIONS BOXES IN THE PRINT JOB PANEL
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ITSELF (to set the selected cell)
IF NECESSARY THEN SET THE Adjust Selected Cell sizes (in the CELLS PANEL) to MATCH YOUR FINISHED PIXEL DIMENSIONS
(NOTE FOR SOME STRANGE REASON THE SELECTED CELLS SIZES ARE HEIGHT FIRST - THEN WIDTH)
*Remember to check the 'Lock to Photo Aspect Ratio' option
*NOTE: it is better to TYPE in your pixel dimension numbers - as slight rounding errors may occur when changing dimensions.
*NOTE: The *CUSTOM FILE DIMENSIONS and the *SELECTED CELL DIMENSIONS HAVE TO MATCH
*When set correctly there should be no white space around the image - unless you have specified a white Photo Border.
Borders and Coloured strokes are set in the IMAGE SETTINGS Panel
If you just want a white border then set the Photo Border option to 2 points
(make sure the Inner stroke option is de-selected first)
if you want a COLOURED stroke border around the image
Turn off the Photo Border option.
and set the INNER STROKE option to 2 points
Selecting Stroke Border COLOURS
CLICK THE COLOUR BAR to set any colour you wish.
note: if you click the top RH colour square you get a color picker which allows you to select any colour in the image.
(using the eye dropper in the colour picker)
*PRINT JOB PANEL
Drop the 'Print To' list & select JPEG File.
Set the File Resolution to 72ppi
Set Print sharpening to Low
Set media type to Glossy
Finally print your image to a jpeg file.
(making sure the filesize is below 0.5mb - see below)
you may have to juggle with the jpg quality setting - as it DOES NOT KEEP THE FILESIZE TO 0.5mb MAX.
The only way to check it is to print the finished image to the desktop and check out the filesize.
If the filesize is bigger than 0.5MB then just lower the jpeg quality until it drops below this figure.
Normally a figure of 70%-80%-90% is ok.
This may take a bit of trial and error before you get it right.
Then print the image and overwrite the previous version - until the filesize is correct.
The jpg quality settings settings shown, have been used on a 32.2mb RAW file in .dng format to keep it under 0.5mb file size.
Once you have created the preset you can save it for later use.
- To create the PRESET
- For each Preset you want to make:
- set the information in the Print Module dialog boxes as shown below
- go to the preset list in the TEMPLATE BROWSER and press the '+' button
- name the preset - so you know exactly what it is for and
- save it in the 'User Template' list for future use