Guide to uploading images

Introduction
How to upload your own picture
Limitations
Formats
Resolution and Sizing
What are Resolution and DPI?
Maximum File Size
Copyright

 

Introduction

You can now include your own picture on the front page of your Kitchen Calendar.
To achieve this, you need to locate a suitable image on your computer, then send the image file over the internet to our web server (upload), where it will be incorporated in your Kitchen Calendar. 

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How to upload your own picture

Click on the button below 'upload your own picture' in step 2 of creating your calendar. This button is usually entitled 'browse' or 'choose' depending on your browser.
You will be presented with a new window showing the files on your computer. Navigate to the image file you want to upload, and select it. Please note that the file must be a jpeg file and must be smaller than 1.8Mb.
Then click on the button at the bottom that says 'proceed to step 3'.
Please be patient - uploading the image could take from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the file and your internet connection speed.
You file will be uploaded to the server where you will be able to preview it and continue to create your calendar.

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Limitations

Your file must be either a JPG file - usually with ‘jpg’ at the end of the filename, or a PNG file - with ‘png’ at the end of the filename (some computers may not show this suffix). Most digital cameras save files as JPG format.
Your file must be smaller than 1.8Mb (1800Kb). If your file is larger than this, the next page will be unlikely to load and you will see an error. If this happens you should click the back button.

You can check the size of a file in MS Windows by moving your mouse over it and leaving it still for a few seconds; a small box should pop up with some information on the file including its size.
If you have a file that is too large, you can use an image editor to resize the image so that when it is saved it is smaller than 1.8Mb. Remember not to overwrite your original file when you do this.
You should choose an image with a reasonably high resolution (at least one dimension should be over 800 pixels).
Most modern digital cameras will take photos of good enough quality to be used.
As a rough guide, if you can print your image out at A5 size and it looks clear, it should look fine on your calendar.
Your image will be given to the printers unchanged, so no quality will be lost by uploading it.
If you change your mind and want to use one of our gallery pictures instead, you should delete all the text in the box next to button you used to select a picture to upload.
Choosing to upload a picture after selecting a gallery image will clear your choice of gallery picture; you can of course reselect if you change your mind.

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Formats

PNG - Portable Network Graphics format is a completely loss-less compression. Gradients come out much smoother and do not have the distortions that may appear in a JPG.
JPG – Joint Photographic Experts Group format supports over 16 million colors, but slightly "distort" the image to compress the file size. For photos, the human eye cannot tell the subtle changes in color, but along straight edges and in pictures with large solid colors, distortion becomes very apparent.

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Resolution and Sizing

Resolution is what determines if your pictures look "chunky" when you print them. All computer pictures are made up of small dots. Resolution is how many dots in an inch, often referred to as DPI or "Dots Per Inch". Your computer monitor generally displays less than 100 DPI while a printer usually prints at 300 to over 1000 DPI. What looks good on your screen will not necessarily look good printed

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What are Resolution and DPI?

Any digital image is composed of pixels. The pixels are the small colored square dots that can sometimes be seen when images are enlarged too much, or if you look at your screen close enough. Resolution is the number of pixels in the horizontal direction by the number of pixels in the vertical direction. For example, a picture with 1200 pixels at the horizontal direction and 2100 pixels at the vertical direction would have a resolution of 1200 x 2100 pixels (pronounced 1200 by 2100 pixels).
As you've probably noticed, nowhere in the above definition it is said what size the pixels are. This is where the DPI comes in. DPI is simply Dots Per Inch. A picture with 100 x 100 resolution would be 1 x 1 inch when printed at 100 DPI, and 100 x 100 inch when printed at 1 DPI!
There's a tradeoff. The bigger the resolution, the bigger the image is. It will take more disk space, occupy more memory when loaded, and will take longer to be transferred through the Web. On the other hand, the bigger the resolution, the better the image looks when printed. We feel it is better to wait a bit more for your photo to upload than to have a bad print at the end.

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Maximum File Size

If you receive a timeout error, check to see how large your file is. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, files over 2 MB can timeout.
JPG – 1.8 MB
PNG – 1.8 MB

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Copyright

Please note that It is your responsibility to ensure that you are entitled to use any image you upload to the Kitchen Calendars web site.

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