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Author Topic: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery  (Read 1273 times)

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Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:31:59 PM »
First of all, I would like to thank those who have uploaded images to the gallery.  I know how much work it is, and so I truly appreciate your efforts.  Second, I have had to decline some of the uploads, mostly because of cropping issues.

This website requires that images are cropped in a particular manner in order to be approved for the gallery.  Other than my obsessive-compulsive disorder, there are also logistical reasons for this.  First and foremost is the reason that in the future I will enable themes for this website.  That means that users will be able to select things, such as background color.  So, for example, at the moment the background is black, so if an image with some black background is submitted, it won't really show in the gallery.  However, if the background color is changed to white, you will be able to see, with high contrast, that the image was not cropped nicely.  The reverse is true, with white backgrounds in images showing up on the black background of the current site.  I have personally edited and cropped 24,000+ images for the site so that this issue does not come up, and I plan to stick with this standard.

Please check your images before you upload them.  If you find even a sliver of background, please re-crop the image.  It should only take about 15 seconds in Windows Paint.  Thank you for your understanding, and thank you for the uploads!

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 03:29:33 AM »
What about very rare banknotes? Sometimes it is very hard to obtain any scan - what is better - have poorly formatted image in the gallery or waiting for good quality image?

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 04:08:59 AM »
That is definitely a tough decision.  Quite often I will edit these beat up old notes using photoshop.  In this way I am able to fix holes, tears, and broken edges.  Of course, I cannot expect members to do the same.  All I can say is submit it, and then I'll take a look.  If it is in bad shape, but is a rare gem, then I might download the images, fix them, email them to the user, decline the current images, then wait for the user to re-submit them.  Does that sound fair?

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 05:35:16 AM »
Sounds good. Unfortunately my Photoshop skills is at zero level, otherwise I could do that as well...

Another interesting question is about copyright - is it ok to use images from online auctions for example without explicit permission?

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 05:42:01 AM »
You know cortes, its funny that you should ask.

I just sent a pretty long personal message to om007_ch regarding this same issue.  The final decision is all yours, of course, but the way I figure it is that if you publicly display images online, they become free-game.  Probably 5000+ of the last images that I uploaded have been edited screenshots from eBay listings, so that's where I stand on that.

Besides, the only ones who can claim copyright on paper money are the issuers, whether they be governments or banks.

What do you think?

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 06:19:13 AM »
Quick search didn't bring the answer if scanned image is copyright subject by itself or not. As for online actions, eBay for example has this statement in User Agreement:

When providing us with content or posting content on eBay's sites, services, applications, and tools, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, trademark, publicity, and database rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future.

which basically means that any image submitted in eBay listing can be used by eBay in any way, so I don't see any reason why somebody should bother that these images used at any other site.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 03:22:31 PM »
I am a website developer and graphics designer for a living, so I am at least somewhat educated about copyright infringement.  I know for a fact that the only entity which holds a copyright to banknote images is the issuer.  As per the eBay statement, notice that they protect only the 'rights you have in the content' which you submit.  However, when you submit an image scan to eBay you do so without having any copyright to the scan of a banknote.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2013, 11:24:35 AM »
I have a scan of France A54, but it seems impossible to crop it according to standards, because it was printed and cut not well aligned, so I post it here. Also, there are seems to be an error in gallery - A54 listed as 10 Soles, but it is 15 Soles.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 11:59:38 PM »
I have cropped this image as best as I could, and have added it to the gallery.  Thanks.  Also, I have corrected the note so that the denomination is 15 Sols, and not 10.  Do you have a scan of the back of the note?

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 12:49:53 AM »
Here it is. I also can scan A70 without diagonal cuts and cleaner if you wish to replace existing scan.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 11:54:29 PM »
Thank you cortes.  I will edit and upload this image soon.  Also, if its not too much trouble then sure, scan A70 and let me know when you're ready.  I will delete the existing images so that you are able to upload the new ones.  Cheers.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 03:54:50 PM »
Scan is ready.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2013, 01:31:52 PM »
Thank you sir -- I have deleted the image for France A70b, so that you can upload your scan.  Cheers.

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Re: Proper Cropping of Images Submitted to Gallery
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2013, 12:23:51 AM »
Done.