I recently needed to adjust a particular photo of Urbiztondo for printing and was at first at a loss on how to do it. I have never submitted any of my photos to any publication, out of pure laziness; and have never attempted to submit or sell my photos to any stock photo agency either, out of perhaps 80% insecurity and 20% laziness, even if I have been told by friends and family to do so for maybe, like fifty times. But out of nowhere, I get a message about one of my photos and I thought, uh, yes, okay. I even responded late because I almost never check my messages on that site nowadays. And perhaps, maybe the image will be too late too and may not even be published. But so what, what the heck!

So well anyway, I thought it would be useful for me or to anyone else in the future to have some knowledge on how to adjust photos for newsprint. Even if my photo does not get published, I am happy for the opportunity of learning how to do something I have previously never attempted to do. Hep hep for new experiences! Hooray for new knowledge!

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How to Adjust Photos for Newsprint:

Formatting photographs for newsprint requires very different considerations than formatting photographs for digital or other print uses. While digital photos are formatted to look proper on computer screens and print photos tend to have more forgiveness in color profiles, newsprint photographs often have very specific formatting requirements that must be met in order for the photo to look appropriate. In addition to the CMYK color profile, newsprint photos must conform to specific contrast, brightness, and quality specifications. Photographers who typically shoot with digital cameras can adjust their photos for newsprint with digital photo editing software.

Step 1:

Open your image in your preferred digital photo editing software, such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Corel’s Paint Shop Pro, Google’s Picasa, or the open-source GIMP.

Step 2:

Resize your photo to the newsprint specifications – determined by the amount of physical space your photo will take up on the page. When resizing, set your image to 170 DPI (dots per inch). For example, an image that will be printed in a rectangle 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall should be 680 pixels wide (170 times 4) and 510 pixels tall (170 times 3). If the particular agency requires a photo to be printed at a different DPI, multiply the desired DPI by the dimensions of the printed photo (in inches) to determine the correct resolution.

Step 3:

Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast until it appears correct on the screen. The degree of change in the brightness and contrast depends on the subject of the image and the exposure of the photograph.

Step 4:

Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast approximately 20 percent higher than looked appropriate for digital use. This will provide a crisper and clearer photo for newsprint use.

Step 5:

Sharpen the photograph using your digital software’s unsharp mask. The settings will depend on the level of sharpness that is automatically applied by your digital camera. Settings of approximately 180% sharpness with a radius of 2 pixels and a threshold of 2 levels will often work best. A sharpness setting that looks good on your screen will probably be appropriate for newsprint as well.

Step 6:

Convert your image’s color space from RGB (Red Green Blue, which is the most common digital color setting) to CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, which is the most common print color setting). The location of this setting differs based on your choice of digital photo editing software, but will usually be under a menu option named “colorspace,” “color mode,” or “image mode.”

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To view the original article, click here.

For a more detailed (and more technical that I got confused because I am just stupid like that but maybe you will get it) article, click here. This one is from Adobe itself and even has a demo video with audio. Thank you Adobe. 😉

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