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We are preparing to photograph quilts and/or digitize images. What can we do to make sure our images are compatible with the Quilt Index?

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We are preparing to photograph quilts and/or digitize images. What can we do to make sure our images are compatible with the Quilt Index?

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If you are photographing quilts, obtain the best quality photographs possible. Be sure to make one image of the full quilt, and then take close-up images to show special details of the quilt. The Quilt Index can feature multiple images of the same quilt. Four basic benchmarks for image quality for quilts are: sufficient and even lighting (i.e. no hot spots), color faithfulness, quilt pattern detail, fabric pattern detail, and quilt stitching detail. If you are digitizing existing slides or photographs that are part of a collection of documentation, you must have access to a scanner with adequate resolution and color consistency. The Quilt Index Image Digitization Specifications provides information for preparing your slides or photographs to be uploaded to the Quilt Index. Contributors submit images to the Quilt Index using password-protected online entry forms. Workflow varies depending on the contributor’s needs.

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