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Images are a powerful medium. The old adage "a photo is worth a thousand words", has always had its reasons. If you have an image, great. Be prepared to "fix" it a bit though, so as to help maintain consistency through all articles and posts.

The "fixing" entails a few important steps. In turn, this will minimise image file size, speed up load times, and lower sever loads. As user digital grow in mega-pixel count, so does the original file size. If you've been emailing friends with you full size photos, you may have already heard some complaints. But file size is a lot more critical in a web site environment. So here is the things to do with your images prior to uploading:

  • image needs to be re-saved to web use from original, depending on your image editor, you may have a simple option (such as : save for web in Photoshop Elements), or it may take a few steps, the MOST important thing to remember is the image resolution, when you open an image in an editor and go to something like Image/Image Size in the menu, you will see in the resolution field something like 180 or 220, this is way too much and needs to be rescaled to either 72 pxl or 96 pxl, this is because there is no monitor that will resolve better than 96 pixels, this step alone lowers the file size significantly
  • image size is the next most important step, this is the size that refers to physical dimensions of an image as viewed on the computer screen, here you need to remember that there numerous display sizes on the market, and the diagonal length (as it applies to what you see advertised: 15", 20", 24" etc. is NO indication of screens resolution, you have to dig deeper to get that info, this means that one 20" monitor may show 1280 x 720, while another 20" may show 1680 x 1050 (the latter has essentially smaller pixel to fit within the same dimensions), this directly applies to actual visual perception, where seemingly same size monitors show either crisp or soft images, at any rate going back to same Image Size dialog box in your image editor, you will notice the size that can go well into thousands on each axis, here again you need to change the numbers so it is more manageable, always maintain image proportions otherwise the image will get distorted (should have a check box for that, or sometimes a chain links connecting to fields), you should never have a setting higher than 600 for the wider side of an image, try a 480 as well (in both cases we're talking about a single image display), lower may be required for gallery set up which is next

Last Updated (Sunday, 04 October 2009 21:52)

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... is a user driven web site and its growth depends directly on such input. Submission of new material is easy and generally can be done in one of two ways. You can email a transcript of an article directly to the editor, or best submit through the available link  Submit An Article in the user menu. For the latter you must be logged in, which also means registered first. Registration is easy and asks for only a basic data. does not participate in resale of user data and maintains such for site administration only. Check User Guidelines and/or Site Submissions categories in the Site Help menu for more exact help on how to use the available tools and on site conventions, so the article matches a few criteria.


Last Updated (Sunday, 04 October 2009 21:53)

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