The 13 mesh dilemma


I’ve often talked here about the blue or orangey or whatever tints that creep into canvas pics, depending on the source of illumination, and the settings of the camera.

There is another problem entirely to consider.  I call it the 13 mesh dilemma.  It is similar to, but different from the wavy gravy problems (the one where you see all these swirls in your pic that you never see when you look at a canvas with the naked eye.)

Here are 3 visuals that clarify the problem.

First here’s a gigantic image (4116 × 2452px), taken with my smart phone.




No too bad, except that you still see the canvas weave, plus it takes forever to load. File size on my desktop?  4.8MB. (crunched down to 4.0MB by the WP upload.)


Here is same image, reduced to 500 x 298 px by Gimp.  The filesize is 449Kb on my desktop (reduced by 371 kB the WP upload cruncher).  So it still a relatively slow to load file, given viewer expectations of near instantaneous load times. The weave is getting more noticeable.




Again the same image, same dimensions as above.  But the filesize is a lightning fast 184Kb.  Why?  Because I photo shopped away the canvas weave, and replaced it with a solid color.




Unfortunately,  there is something that looks really off here.  It’s not so much the putrid blue margin; rather, it’s the dead men don’t wear plaid effect that you saw in all three pics really becomes noticeable here.


And therein lies the 13 mesh problem.


When it comes to needlepoint, even the smartest smartphone camera is dumb as door a nail.


© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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