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We talked a lot about RESOLUTION...

Yes. the IDEAL is always to bring your image in at 100-300dpi,BUT that is not always possible. Here's what is MOST important to look for.
Have your LINKS panel open in InDesign. Select your image. While the pixels per inch(ppi)here is only 72, the file in width and height is 8.2" x 8". SO, because the image is coming in at 20% , you can see that 360dpi is more that enough quality.

The EFFECTIVE PPI is the number you really care about. Beter start worring if it gets around 60 -80 ppi.

Things I've noticed in student portfolios...

1. Do not make all pages the same. Just like a good coffe table art book your portfolio should have different page layouts.

2. FEATURE your best piece in a group - Say you're going to show your movie posters.
Pick the BEST one, and then lay out the others in smaller versions.

3. Have your Divider styles (class labels) be consistent - Somehow, typewise, designwise - tie them together. Also, if you can, have the divder have something to do WITH the class. Example a TYPE class. may have a pattern of letters. A DRAWING class might have the title - DRAWN in pencil or crayon.

4. Put captions or explanations with your artwork - If you have any assignments that is at all abstract, explain what the goal of that assignment was. Have ALL explanation captions in the same type face and point size. Create a paragraph style.

5. Don't repeat your work - Don't show it big, then small, as if it were a new piece. It makes the instructors skip pages.

6. If your piece is interactive - Meaning that the judges have to take something and pull it out or unfold it, please make it SIMPLE. Each judge has approximately 50 portfolios. Don't give them the opportunity to be frustrated and move on to the NEXT portfolio.