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Image Guidelines for Submitting Artwork
(for Artist Council Exhibitions and the Member Gallery)
For best success in selling your artwork, you should have high-quality images of your work, sized so they display well online. For images of most artwork (paintings, sculpture, mixed media), we recommend that you resize your work so that it is 1920 pixels on the longest side. Your image file should be 5MB or less in size. For tips and a quick video showing you how to resize images, see below.
Note: If you are a photographer or a digital artist, you may want to provide a smaller image (less than 1920 pixels), to discourage viewers from downloading and printing your artwork directly. If so, simply resize your image to a smaller size.
Information on preparing a file containing your W-9 form (which you will need to do if your artwork sells) can be found at the end of this page.
How to Resize Images
To standardize your images to a specific size, we suggest that you follow these instructions.
Start by going to the free web site http://ReduceImages.com.
Either drag and drop, or select the image you want to resize.
2. Now you can decide what the new size will be. By default, the screen wants you to change size using a percentage. The first thing you’ll want to do is click the green percent button to change size using pixels, not percent.
Now you’ll see the current pixel size of your image, in width and height. In the example below, I see my image is 3700 pixels wide and 3301 pixels high.
Since the width is the longest side, change that number to 1920. The shorter side will be adjusted automatically. Then click the green Resize button. (Leave the Format set to JPG.)
3. Your image will now be resized. When it is done, you’ll see a green Download button. Click this button, and the resized image will be downloaded to your computer.
If you are doing this from a cell phone, you’ll see a View and a Download link, after you press the green Download button. Select View, then save the photo to your phone (the instructions here are a bit different, depending on which type of phone you have).
If you use a Mac computer, you may find it easier to use the Mac’s Preview tool, which will also allow you to change image sizes.
Preparing a W-9 Form Image (If Your Artwork Sells)
When you sell your artwork through the Artists Council, you’ll also need to submit an image of a signed W-9 form.
• If you have a scanner, you can scan the signed form, either as a JPG file or as a PDF file, and submit that file.
• If you don’t have a scanner, you can simply take a photo of the signed form with your cell phone or tablet. Then email the photo to yourself, open that email on your laptop and save the photo
attachment. When you receive a notification of the sale of your work, it will include instructions on how to upload your W-9.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Artists Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.