Always send a High Resolution image when sending headshots.
You probably spent time and money on your professional headshot. You might have put on a suit, combed your hair and, ladies, you probably fussed over every detail in front of the mirror. In order to reproduce that great final shot in publications and other materials, make sure you send us the best version of your “photographic” self. That translates to “high-resolution.” Here’s some info to help you find it, now that it’s on your computer!
- Photos, like your headshot, are made up of pixels. They are also called Raster images.
- This includes file formats such as .jpg .png .gif .tif
- Raster images can NOT be enlarged.
- Photos for print need to be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) at full size. This is also called HI-RES.
- Hi-res images are larger (in file size) than lo-res images.
- Have a “HI-RES” file handy
Ask your photographer to name a “hi-res” file for you. For example, John Smith would have a file named “smith_john_hires.jpg”. This way, you always know which is the correct high-resolution file to release to vendors.
- Don’t download photos off the internet
Online images are usually 72 dpi and can not be used for print or large format.
- Don’t put images in a Word document
They are hard to extract and can result in poor quality. Simply attach to an email or share with a tool like Dropbox.
- Don’t worry about color mode
We can convert a file from RGB (which stands for red, green, blue and is used for digital/online needs) to CMYK (which stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, black – colors used for printing). We can also convert to black and white when needed.