Q. What is a progressive jpg and how do I recognize that format?
A. The progressive jpg is the type of image that you see on websites that loads in as a fuzzy or out of focus image and then goes through several steps until it's entirely in focus. Most image editing programs (such as Photoshop) offer jpg as an option when you do a "Save As" with further choices of baseline standard, baseline optimized, and Progressive. Either baseline option is okay. Progressive, however, will not be saved correctly for submitting to CPSA shows.
Q. I'm not very good on computers. How can I get help?
A. If you are a member of a district chapter, ask at one of the meetings or check the instructions on the CaFÉ™ website. Another option to have a photo lab create a digital file to the CaFÉ™ specifications from your original artwork or from a slide of your artwork. They usually provide a CD containing your images and basic photo editing software (such as KODAK Picture CD) for saving images as JPG files.
Q. How do I pay when I enter online?
A. When you have completed your entry, you have two payment options. You can pay with a credit card at the CaFÉ™ website or choose the "pay by check" option and mail a check to the CPSA finance director.
Q. What are some of the photo-editing programs that I could use to prepare my digital entries?
A. CaFÉ™ recommends investing in a photo-editing program that is comfortable for your needs and skill level. Some of the possibilities are:
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Adobe Photoshop
- Microsoft Digital Image Suite
- Corel Paint Shop Pro
For complete instructions, please go to the CaFÉ™ website (http://www.callforentry.org/imaging_tips.phtml). Then click "Image Prep" on the left; no need to register to view this information.