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How to make pictures best for websites


andy63walsh

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Hi.
I'm using Gimp2 to edit my pictures. I try to save them with less of a file size, under 20kb so that the pictures don't take forever to load on peoples pc's, but when I lower the quality in jpg format the picture starts to look very poor.
Some pictures I take with my 9 mega pix camera, I lower the pix to 2, but when editing the pics look poor.
If I cut and paste from the net, it is still the same problem.
Is there a way to keep a decent picture with less file size (under 20KB) ??

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cycoze

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That depends on what dimensions your saved images are, 1024x768px will look awful and pixelated, a 700x525px will still look iffy, but a 400x300px or smaller would look fine.

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andy63walsh

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On some pictures they need to be big, well long and narrow, like my click here it come out rubbish, you can't see much. Others are pixelated quite bad !

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anchor

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The days when most of us were on dial-up internet access have gone; (at least in developed countries). This means one does not need to keep pictures sizes so very small.

I have a moving panorama site, where the average picture size is around 300 - 330k, and have no complaints. I maintain a balance between picture size and JPG compression using Paint shop pro, and the quality is good. If you have Java installed, you might like to try this:

click here

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andy63walsh

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The pictures are good when I start, but like I say, quite a high res, so i make them about 20 to 25kb, do you think above that will be ok. I don't want to clog up my server also as I have about 10,000 pictures

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andy63walsh

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Now I can't work out how to put two different pictures on as one, ie, cut and paste, when I do it the pasted one looks invisible until I pull it over the existing picture, but this is no good as you then can't see the both !

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anchor

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20-25kb images will look awful; that size is really only any use for thumbnails.

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andy63walsh

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they do look crap to be honest, what should i go for ? 40kb?

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anchor

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This is an example of what I do. The original jpg of this picture taken in Crete is 1.48Mb.

I use Paint Shop Pro, (not familiar with Gimp), resized it to 95 pixels/inch resolution and 4" high. Then added a bit of sharpening with the unsharp mask. Saved it using the jpg optimiser to just 50Kb.

Here is the result:

click here

I think you will agree the quality is more than acceptable.

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anchor

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Just had an idea to show you the differences. I have loaded both the original and reduced size pictures onto my web space.

click here

Of course, the original being 1.48MB, will be slower to download.

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andy63walsh

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Thanks, the pics look great.
So do you think when I get them to 50k or near they will be ok, load fast enough etc?
I just joined that site where you put your pics, it doesn't say much there, but I assume it is a storeage place free for pics ?

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