Webplus10 photo gallery help....!

  JAC13 09:41 31 Jul 08
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I am using webplus10 software to build my partner a photographic website. I was using shozam to host his photos but like the idea of the integrated photo gallery software, thew only problem I am having is when I import the images from my pc into the photo gallery and then view the page on the web the pictures are pixely??? If that makes sense? The original image sizes are around 2100x1500. I have tried resizing the images to 700 x 600 and 500 x 400 and so on, and although they look better, I cant get some of them right. Is there a setting or something I am missing or am I resizing them wrong?
It wouldnt matter too much, but its a website to get his wedding photography off the ground and the pics must look perfect.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thankyou.

  erkmatrix 14:40 31 Jul 08

what resolution (pixel/inch)are the photos at 2100x1500

for the web 72 pixel by inch is usually good enough, however I do show at 144 for photos I want to show crisp and sharp.

I would take them down to 1000x714.

if these 700 x 600 and 500 x 400 are setting then thats why its maybe pixelating the image cause the proportions are not right for your original size. you'd want 700x500 to make them in proportion if that size is ok for what you want.

hope that helps

  JAC13 14:48 31 Jul 08

Thanks, I will try this a bit later on and let you know if I am succesfull!
Jac

  Kemistri 15:51 31 Jul 08

Pixels per inch absolutely does not affect screen display, online or otherwise, in the slightest and I'm surprised that anyone believes that it does. It is a construct that is used in printing. On a screen, each image pixel takes up precisely one screen pixel when the image is viewed at correct magnification (ie, when clicked on after loading in FF/IE). PPI/DPI is ignored.

The pixel dimensions, file size, compression rate, and dimensional values correctly stated in the mark up (if at all) are the things that matter.

Things to think about: What image editor are you using? What compression method and level are you applying? Are you following best practice for downsampling? If you have access to Lanczos downsampling, is it being used? If not, at least use bicubic. If done correctly, the downsampled and compressed results from any good image editor will be high quality.

  JAC13 21:53 31 Jul 08

Kemistri- I am using PS CS3 to edit the images. In cs3, when I resize the image either portrait or landscape so that the longest side is 500 , and leave the ppi at 300 (or whatever it is coming from camera) the picture, when viewed at actual pixels is the perfect size and quality etc I want on the site. When I go to the photo gallery in webplus10 and add the files, I then place the gallery on the page and pull out at the corner to fit where I want it to fit and then view it in IE the pictures dont look too great. I have tried junipaires idea of 144 ppi but it doesnt make any difference.
Do I need to be placing the gallery on the page at a certain dimension for it to look perfect, if so..I cannot work out how to do this. I just thought no matter how big/small I place it the pics would automatically sort themselves out. I am only pulling out at the corners so am not intentionally distorting the pictures (or am i?)
Its driving me crackers!

  JAC13 21:54 31 Jul 08

Just to add, I can place the gallery on the page at its default, but the default is tiny..much too small for any photo gallery...?

  JAC13 21:58 31 Jul 08

Also, when I am resizing the picture I am checking the 'bicubic' box.
Is compressing an image the same as resizing an image? Do I need to be compressing the images aswell as resizing them...I'm a little confused.

  Kemistri 22:15 31 Jul 08

"I then place the gallery on the page and pull out at the corner to fit where I want it to fit..."
Eh?

"Do I need to be placing the gallery on the page at a certain dimension for it to look perfect?"
Yes! Definitely. See my first post, 2nd paragraph.

"I just thought no matter how big/small I place it the pics would automatically sort themselves out."
No. That's not how image display works. Again see first post, 2nd para.

"I am only pulling out at the corners so am not intentionally distorting the pictures (or am i?)"
Very probably, yes. I would suggest that you stop dragging anything.

You must either specify the correct pixel dimensions in your <img/> tag attributes or leave them blank. The latter is not good practice though. If you're trying to promote wedding photography, it is imperative that both the website and the images are absolutely top notch.

"Is compressing an image the same as resizing an image?"
No. Two completely separate processes, but both very important for website use.

  Simsy 00:13 01 Aug 08

regenerate the images when it uploads to the site, so the images being uploaded are not the same as the originals...

Basically it ties to keep the image file small, so applies compression.

I can't remember the exact permuatations, as I don't have WebPlus here, but you need to adjust the graphic properties to avoid this happening. I think you can set it as a master setting on a site basis, but you might need to do it image by image.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Simsy

  User-1291774 13:54 05 Sep 08

Hi JAC13, just wanted to say i know EXACTLY what mean about the photo gallery in Webplus 10 as i've set up a photography website (not wedding photos) and am having the same problem you described. I've experimented with different resolutions but nothing improves the 'grainy-ness' of the on-screen images (not good when you're trying to sell photos!) Have you got it fixed yet as its driving me mad too? Thanks.

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