You can download and print the Photo Guidelines
Acrobat file by clicking here.
Notice: Most of this
page is directed to those who have a good working knowledge
of Photoshop, or a similar program, and scanning terminology.
The specifications for
the electronic image must be
followed or we will not be
able to use it. If you don't
think you're up to submitting an electronic version you can
click here to skip
to the 'Mail In'
If you have
a digital photo only, and you are not sure if it meets or can
meet the digital requirements presented here, send it to us
can use specialized software to enhance the image so it can
The two above photos are good tribute examples.
Photo selection and cropping is vitally important to the production
of a nice tribute. If you have experience
using Photoshop or another photo program like
Corel’s Photo Paint please follow these guidelines. We
will round the corners of the photo, so you don’t have
to concern yourself with that procedure.
Chances are quite good that your photo will not be
the correct size. You’ll be cropping the photo to a specific
area. When you make a tribute of this nature you want to feature
the individual(s) most prominently. Each of the above photos
features the person(s) very well. The photo on the right was
cropped from a small area of a large photo. Good contrast is
also very important.
size is a concern. We want people to easily recognize the tribute's
subject(s). If you have a photo that has two or more people represented
be sure to crop it so their faces show up well. The tribute photo
area is 2.75" high x 2.5" wide, so use your best judgment.
The individual(s) should be easily recognizable.
Your scan or digital photo needs
to be 1200 dpi. Convert color photos to 8 bit grayscale. Crop
your area to 2.75” (3300
pixels) high x 2.5” (3000 pixels) wide. It’s
best to scan a film photo to the desired optical resolution. Do not take
a low resolution digital photo or cropped area and resample it
up to 1200 dpi. If
you send a low resolution image, we can resample it using special
software. Any photo is better than no
photo. The image may not be optimal, but it should OK. Save
the photo as a .jpg.
Note about saving
as .jpg: Use no more than 10%
compression if possible. The resulting 1200
dpi .jpg should be less than 1 MB. Check its
size after saving. If it's over the 1MB
limit increase your compression a little.
use 300 dpi as an example only in the following explanation.
This example looks at the resample
information of a digital photo I took at the preserve. It’s a good
size photo dimensionally, but it’s only 72 dpi. I wanted
a 2.5” high photo @ 300 dpi of Tigra’s head for use
on a sample plaque.
I can resample the photo down to 24% and end up
with a 300 dpi image, which I could use for a tribute plaque.
If I wanted to feature Tigra’s head on a
tribute, and I cropped that 4.8” x 3.2” 300 dpi resample
to the selected area, I would end up with a good head shot, but
the photo is only 1” high @ 300 dpi. I want a 2 ½”high
photo for my plaque.
If I reset the height to 2 ½” the
best I can end up with is a 125 dpi photo. The sampling bytes
of the New Image size must remain the same or
lower than the Original Image size or pixelation
will occur. So this image would not be
suitable for the tribute.
If I crop my original 4.8” x 3.2” 300
dpi resample to the actual 2.5” height I want for the tribute
I end up with the 300 dpi photo I need, but now the head is so
small it might not reproduce well in an etching.
That’s the problem with
digital photos for this application. Unless you have a camera
that can produce very high resolution images,
or you get a close up of the precise area you need for a successful
downward resample, you may not end up with the optimal resolution.
But if that’s all you
have, then we can work with it. I have actually reproduced
some nice samples
using low resolution images. I prefer to start with a true 1200
dpi optical resolution scan from a good photograph, but that's
not always possible.
If you have only
film photos and do not have
graphic experience or the equipment necessary to produce
a good electronic image follow these guidelines.
Select the photo you feel will be the best for
the tribute. It will probably need to be cropped to a specific
area. We will do that. Optionally, if you would like a specific
area of your photograph used, first make a photocopy of your
photograph. On that photocopy draw an outline around the area
you want us to use on the tribute plaque. We will use that as
our guide when scanning and cropping the image. Your photo will
not be harmed. It will be returned to you if requested. In addition,
please fill out this Photo
Declaration Form. Mail the signed form, photo, and
photocopy, if that option is used, to the address at the bottom
of this page. Please include the warrior's full name so we can
match it with your tribute information. The tribute information must be
submitted electronically using the Tribute
Submission Form. The link to that form is on the Tribute
You will need a username and password to access
the Tribute Submission Form. If you do not have these already
please click here.
Mailing your photo:
Mail us your film photo, photocopy, and Photo
Declaration Form to the address below.
Freedom Memorials, Inc.
5225 Banks Haven Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27603-8957
If you know someone
who has good experience with a photo program you might ask
them to prepare and upload your digital image.
you photo via the Internet:
Go to the Tribute
Application Form and click the Tribute
Submission Form link. You will need a Username and
Password which you can apply for using the form on that page.
The photo should be uploaded at the same
time the tribute information is submitted.
The photo must be a .jpg image. Name the photo ‘warriors
last name_warriors first name’.jpg. If you're
submitting a photo after you submitted your
tribute using the Tribute Submission Form, please use this Photo
Upload Form. Most of the fields are set to required on
the the Tribute Submission Form. The information would be
redundant, so we provided the Photo Upload Form as a second