Creative Sewing

Photography and Color Management

Good photography will protect all the hard work and investment that you have put into your creations. The richness of a fabric, the glisten of the thread, the uniqueness of the design and quality of the quilting will be best expressed to others with quality photography. Whether you use Palmer, take your own photos, or work with a local photographer, it is important to keep a few critical points in mind. Follow our preferred guidelines below to ensure high quality color reproduction of your imagery.

  • Hang your quilt so the edges are straight. A quilt with a wavy edge may indicate a poorly made quilt.
  • Use even lighting. If you are shooting your own products, shoot the subjects outside in natural daylight - not direct sunlight. Good lighting makes all the difference!
  • Be careful that your quilt is shot from the center so the quilt is “square”. Shooting off-center will make the quilt appear wider on one end than the other.
  • Images should be captured with a camera that has at least 8 mega pixels or greater.
  • We prefer to have images saved as Camera Raw. If that is not possible, then RGB TIFF or RGB JPEG will work. Images saved as TIFF or JPEG should be 300 DPI.
  • Quilt Photo with Macbeth Color Chart

  • When working with professional photographers or shooting your own photos, please include a Gretag Macbeth Color Checker Card or similar target within the image. This tool provides us digital information to correct color.
  • If the photographer does not have a Macbeth Color Checker, you may purchase one off the internet from anywhere between $69-89, plus shipping. Do a search on Yahoo for “Gretag Macbeth Color Checker” or you can go directly to www.CCDDirect.com to purchase one.
  • When using the Macbeth Target, please place the target in the focal point of the image being photographed. Shoot the image with the target in place. Without changing any camera settings, shoot the image again with the target removed. Please note: When an image is going to be cropped or clipped from the background, the target should then be centered but placed off to the left or right side of the image before shooting.
  • If several images are photographed under similar set-up and lighting conditions, the target only needs to be photographed once for that series of images captured.
  • Once images are ready, they can be burned to a CD/DVD or uploaded to the Palmer FTP site.
  • Further information or questions can be directed to the Palmer Prepress Manager.

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Jim Altobell taking professional photos of a quilt

Perkins Dry Goods Color correction sample