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OK...I know we all use different pieces of software, but is there a general practice that I can learn from the olders and wisers here about creating an image for the web?
Specifically, my question is this: I am starting out with an image file that is typically 23 inches by something and around 2MB in size. What is the best way to get something Scubaboard-able with minimal loss of image quality? I imagine (and maybe I am wrong) that means something in the vicinity of a 4x6 or 5x7 image less than 200K.
If you're using photoshop, what I generally do is just use "Save images for web". I use the resize in there to do the resizing. I usually make them 533x400 and let Photoshop use the default jpeg quality compression for their "web" saving...
With what has already been stated above......Chris did a nice job explaining the ins and outs of resizing.....
And Spectre has the right idea of the Size to use for webshot.....
I also set the largest dimension of the photo at around 500 then, with my software, the other dimension is automatically set in proportion…. I think 375 (to avoid distorting the picture). People seem to like that size for email and such. Several of the photo webhosts will auto resize if your picture is to large.
AS mentioned this can mess up you ability to get great print results (using a small resized pic to print a larger photo). Because of that I'll save the resized photo with a different file name so I can keep the original and not sacrifice quality.
You probably know this…..Just right click on some of the images and look at the properties to get a feel for the image size that is being used.
Last edited by Finesse; September 16th, 2002 at 11:32 AM.
Thanks all for the help...I have been playing around with the software included in my new Olympus 4040z (Photoshop Elements...not bad) and I think I have begun to get the hang of working with this stuff.
Another question for the group. Any suggestion for a photo-sharing site? One that everyone really likes? Would love to hear your thoughts.