I am not sure you can actually use 600dpi at full size to any good effect. Unless you are standing next to the inflatable with a magnifying glass, 600 dpi RGB image is not going to be of value.  Most likely if this is a vinyl printed image, a RGB file at 100dpi at size is more than adequate in my experience. The screen printing to make a 4 color image on vinyl is likely to be like t-shirt screening, maybe 85dpi if you are lucky, unless they are using some new process I have not heard of….

 

Britt

 

From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Alice Hsieh <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [SCIART] Need to find a high resolution photo of a white rhino, or a realistic digital rendering of a rhino hide

 

Have you tried Joel Satore of the Natioanal Geographic Photo Ark project? I see he has a Sumatran Rhino on his website, but maybe he has other photos that aren't on the website?

 

Thanks,

Alice

 

 

On Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 4:19 PM Victoria Fuller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Perhaps someone might be able to help me with an issue. 

 

I won an artist grant to make a realistic life-size inflatable of the extinct Northern White Rhino - which will inflate and deflate on a continuous cycle - representing the "here today, gone tomorrow" aspect of the extinction of the species, as it deflates, but also the hope that they will be able to bring it back with the sperm and egg that they saved from the species. 

 

I need to find a very high resolution image of a side view, and then also head (front and side view) and front and back of the Northern White Rhino, so the inflatable company, who I hired, can use it for a print of the rhino hide onto the inflatable material. The highest resolution online I can find online is approximately 6000 x 4000 (around 20” x 30”) at 300 dpi, But I need to find a photo that is at least 600 dpi at real size (156” L x 72” H) which would be around 46800 x 31200 pixels. I need the viewers of the inflatable sculpture to see the wrinkles of the rhino up close and have it look real. It could be a southern white rhino, since they are close cousins, if I can’t find a good high res image of the Northern White Rhino. 

 

Does anyone know of a source or photographer who I can get a photo like that from? I have done a search online, but I can’t find any images with high enough resolution. 

 

Or does anyone know of a way to create a realistic rhino skin surface in a 3D program that makes surface wraps for digital 3D objects?

 

 

 

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