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Tips for Graphics

I hope these tips will help you. I cite advice I gave on several lists.

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Here is some advice I gave in several mailing lists.

Unsharp Photos:

The most frequent problem I see is unsharp photos. People resize to reduce size which makes the images blurred. Just go ahead and sharpen it. It's that easy. Key to make great thumbnails.

Next, if you don't need animation or transparency, you'll get smaller file sizes with jpg than gif in most cases. No problem. Save either way and check file sizes. With jpg, you can adjust compression rates. Again, you got to try. As a rule, for thumbnails take 10%, for larger pictures 50%. Results depend on the structure of the original.

Fat images:

I saved a sample jpg to my disk, imported in PaintShopPro, saved with 40% compression, thereby reduced size from 152KB to 76KB, with no visible difference.

Thumbnails:

Your thumbs are way too fat. They weigh in for about 40 KB and should have at most 10. Example: I saved port2a.jpg off your site, imported to PSP, it has 47 KB. Saved as jpg with 30% compression, result is 4 KB. No visible difference to the original. If you like to see the proof, I'll send them attached.

"Thumbnails" made by the browser:

The actual pixel size of the thumbnail is great, most are too small in my opinion. But if I was right, the thumbs were too fat (the browser shows file sizes while loading).

Now I made a second attempt, logged onto the net and saved b-chick.jpg (42 KB, way too much for a thumb), then cranked up PSP. Oh, I see, you only have the blowup and reduce that to a thumb. Now, that's of no use, is it? Thumbs are to save space and speed things up.

Saved your page, cranked up the html editor. The "thumb" is 221x169, the blowup 499x412. I reduce in size (44%) on which PSP does a better job than the browser, but then I sharpen it up as it unsharpens during the process, then save with 30% compression. Now you have it: 9 KB. That's a thumb. It only takes seconds if you know what to do.

Graphics Program:

You might give Paint Shop Pro a try. It's free for 30 days and they add another 30. In the meantime, I was fairly acquainted with it and ready to spend US$ 99.

Jpg:

The biggest problem people seem to have is saving the jpg twice. It doesn't work. Do all of your work first.
Don Jusko

Correct. Best is, you save the original as bmp in addition if you are not sure. I keep 2 directories for that. Reason: jpg looses details each time it is compressed. Bmp or other formats do not.

Size:

If you can, keep sizes around 420 height and 740 width at max and use jpg with about 50% compression. Size should be around 50-80 KB.

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