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Preparing Image Files for BCC Use.

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Using Photoshop 6 or later.

Open the image in Photoshop and flatten any layers: Layer>Flatten Image.
Use File>Automate>Fit Image and type in the required image size: 1400 x 1050.
Use Image>Mode>RGB Color to convert the image to RGB if it was prepared in CMYK, Grayscale, Lab or Indexed colour.
Use Image>Mode>8 bits/channel to convert the image to 8 bits per channel.
Use Image>Mode>Convert to Profile and convert image to working space (For Photoshop CS2 onwards use Edit>Convert to Profile>Destination Space set to Working RGB).
Use File>Save As to save the image to disk or memory stick. Remember to rename it – Short Title followed by underscore (_) then your name e.g. The Tree_John Smith. If you are using a Mac, include the .jpg extension as appropriate. Format is jpeg maximum quality.

Using Photoshop Elements.

Open the image in Photoshop Elements and flatten any layers: Layer>Flatten Image.
Resize the image:
Use Image>Resize>Image Size and ensure that the Resize is (bicubic) and Constrain Proportions and Resample boxes are ticked. Then, under Pixel Dimensions type 1400 into the width or 1050 into the height box, whichever is showing the larger number of pixels. The other number will automatically adjust accordingly.
Click OK to complete the process.
Use Image>Mode>RGB Color to convert the image to RGB if it was prepared in Grayscale or Indexed colour.
Use Image>Convert Colour Profile>Convert to sRGB Profile.
Use File>Save As to save the image to disk or pen drive. Remember to rename it – Short Title followed by underscore (_) then your name e.g. The Tree_John Smith. If you are using a Mac, include the jpg extension as appropriate. Format is jpeg maximum quality.

Using Photoshop (CS5) and Lightroom.

The latest version of Photoshop and all versions of Lightroom make it easy to resize single or batches of files.
In Photoshop you need the "Image Processor" and in Lightroom you "Export" the image(s). Both give you all the options you need and more.
If you have problems, drop a line to us here and we will arrange for you to be talked through the actions over the phone.