Mike Scott has a lot of experience helping clients create photographic wall murals. When I asked him for some tips he pointed out 4 areas that need to be understood to have a project turn out well:
- To avoid the image being significantly cropped, the shape of the image should be similar to the shape of the final.
- In general vertical art requires vertical imagery, horizontal art – horizontal imagery.
- The image may still get cropped if the aspect ratio of the final art is longer and/or taller than the original image
Depth of field / focus
- Not everything in nature photography will be, or should be expect to be, in sharp focus
- Depending on the artist’s intent, a good portion of the image may have a soft focus
- This is not a defect. It’s not something that can be “fixed”. It is an artistic element
Cloning / tiling images
- Some image can be manipulated to create more length by cloning/tiling
- The image should not have directional lighting or an angled perspective to the horizon
Image crispness / maximum recommended sizes
- Clients need to understand the recommended maximum image size seen with each image on the HDFA website. That measurement in inches shows how large an un-cropped image can go on the long side. In other words if it is a horizontal image then it tell you how wide the image can go.
For example if the horizontal image is rated as 144-inches then that image should look good enlarged up to 144-inches wide.
- Customer should understand that as as you approach the recommended maximum image size you will lose some image crispness
Mike Scott is the Marketing Manager and Digital Imaging expert at MDC.