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Digital Image Viewing Recommendations for Art Shows

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Scroll down to read about the ACDSee image viewing program
and why it's recommend for viewing digital jury images

Why PowerPoint isn't recommended
Contrary to the way digital images are viewed on monitors or digitally projected, PowerPoint is resolution dependent and reads image files in inches, not pixels. As you can see in the example below, the exact same images in file size and pixel dimensions appear at different sizes when imported into PowerPoint and viewed at 100%. You can see how the images are displayed accurately on this page. Therefore, each image needs to be resized manually when imported into PowerPoint, which takes much longer than loading slides into carousel trays. That's if the art show wants to be fair to all artists and view each image at the exact same long dimension. I purposely picked three common resolutions for this example. 72PPI is monitor resolution, 300PPI is optimum print resolution and 4000PPI is desktop film scanner resolution.

Also, please read this page on how PowerPoint can make graphics look mushy

PowerPoint screen capture

ACDSee (available for the PC only) is one of the easiest to use image viewing programs. There are two ways to use it for digital jury image viewing. If you've asked the artists to name their images using last name, first name, image number, (like berman-larry-01.jpg) all images from the same medium can be dumped into a single folder named for the medium, and all images from each artist will stay together. Double click on the first image and it appears full screen. Then using the mouse wheel or space bar, you can scroll through the images one after another, all at full screen. By default it shrinks images larger than your monitor resolution (called fit to screen) so that each image displays the largest it can without requiring scrolling. Then double clicking on the full screen image thumbnails the entire folder of images so you can go back and review select images. At any time, an image can be enlarged to see detail using the + key. The second way to use ACDSee is to create a separate folder for each artist. Then when in the thumbnail view (image #1), you can easily see the body of work from the artist. Double clicking on any image brings it up full screen (image #2) and pressing the "F" key eliminates the tool bars (image #3) so that the full image is all that you see on screen. Background color can also be chosen. In examples #2 and #3, I've chosen to set the background color to a neutral gray. It could easily be set to black so that the actual image is seen without calling attention to the black ZAPP borders. Double clicking on the full screen image takes you back to the folder and clicking on the small green "up arrow" (upper left corner of image #1) takes you to a thumbnails view of the parent folder where you can then double click on the next artist's folder to view the images. When viewing a folder of a single artists thumbnails, you can easily get a feel for the body of work. After using this program for five minutes, you'll find it easy and intuitive to use. A trial version can be downloaded from the ACDSee web site. You're looking for ACDSee Photo Manager under for home.

ACDSee screen capture
ACDSee #1

ACDSee screen capture
ACDSee #2

ACDSee screen capture
ACDSee #3

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