Technical Standards for Image Files

The following are Africa Media Online’s technical submission standards for image files. Compliance with these standards will ensure that images are speedily processed and put online with minimum rejection on technical grounds:

File Type: Jpeg

Compression: Highest quality (in Photoshop level 10-12)

Open File Size: This is the file size that appears when you open the file in Photoshop and look at the Image Size. This is dependent on the market you want to reach, if you are selling. If you want to reach all markets, then stick to the Creative and Archival Standard. The minimum open file size the system will accept is 18 MB:

  • Creative and Archival: 48-100 Mb
  • Editorial: 24-60 Mb
  • News: 18-60 Mb

Open file size shown in the image above is 72MB

Compressed File Size: This is the file size you see when you look at a closed jpeg file on your desktop. This is going to vary greatly according to the Open file size you started with, the compression you apply and the character of the image itself. This is why this is not used as a standard. It is the Open file size that you should work to and then save it at quality 10-12. The minimum compressed file size that MEMAT will accept is 1MB, but bigger is better for quality. 23

Compressed file size of the image above is 1.9 MB

Bit Depth: 8 bits/colour channel

Resolution: Set to 300 dpi

Colour Space: RGB

Colour Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)

Colour Profile Tag: Tagged

File Name: Alpha-numeric 16 characters at the longest, spaces in file name to be replaced with _, do not use any unusual character including the following characters (){}[]!@#$%^&*+=,’:; and only use . between the file name and file extension. Ensure that all file names are unique. If a file is uploaded with the same file name as a previous uploaded file it will not show.

File Extension: All images must have the file extension .jpg (Mac users make sure the option to hide extension is unticked when saving the file).

Contact Africa Media Online for the technical standards for other media types such as documents, video and audio files that you would like to put online.

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