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Realjambo
08-12-2006, 01:39 AM
I can't for the life of me change the size of pics in Photobuicket - any here offer any tips? I click on Edit, resize to 75% and repost the link but the pics stay the same size? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Realjambo
08-12-2006, 01:39 AM
I can't for the life of me change the size of pics in Photobuicket - any here offer any tips? I click on Edit, resize to 75% and repost the link but the pics stay the same size? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

EAF19_Aceman
08-12-2006, 01:51 AM
The way i do it is if i want small pictures i upload them straight away, if i want big ones i use bright first then upload them.

VikingGrandad
08-12-2006, 05:01 AM
RJ, you would get much better quality pictures if you resize them in Photoshop (then upload them), rather resizing in Photobucket, which will do a pretty crude job of re-rendering the image.

Here's my technique for down-sizing images (for web use) in Photoshop:

1. Open the file in Photoshop

2. Go to the 'Image' menu > select 'Image Size...'

3. In the dialogue box, under 'Pixel Dimensions', enter the desired size, ensuring that you have 'Constrain Proportions' switched on. Click 'OK'.

4. Go to the 'View' menu > select 'Actual Pixels' to ensure you are looking at the image full size (shortcut - double-click the magnifying glass in the tool palette itself, but don't do it in the image or you will zoom in http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)

Because the image has been re-sampled when it was resized, some of the sharpness will have been lost. To the untrained eye, it might not be so easy to tell - but it always happens.

To correct the sharpness:

5. Go to the 'Filter' menu > select 'Sharpen' submenu > 'Sharpen' filter - this adds back the sharpness, but on low-res (72dpi) images it's usually too much! (look at edges of objects, or edges between two contrasting colours - you will probably notice they look a little jagged)

6. To lessen the over-sharpening, now go to the 'Edit' menu > select 'Fade Sharpen...'
(the 'Fade...' command automatically sets itself to the filter you've just used, so you will only see 'Fade Sharpen...' immediately after you've used the Sharpen filter. If you had used, for example, the Blur filter, it would say 'Fade Blur...' instead)

7. In the dialogue box, slide the Opacity down until the sharpening looks natural (ensure 'Preview' is switched on). The amount you need to adjust this depends on the quality of the original image and how much you resized it. I usually use a setting between 40-60%. Click 'OK'

Now, to save the image as a web-optimised file*:

8. Go to the 'File' menu > select 'Save for Web...'

9. In the preview window that opens, choose JPEG and set the quality to no less than 80%, otherwise the image will start to visibly deteriorate. Remember - the higher the percentage quality, the bigger the image's file size will be.

TIP: if you need to use a quality lower than 80% to get the file size down, the image quality will start to suffer - usually by losing its sharpness again. To compensate for this, use a higher opacity setting in step 7 - say around 80% so that the image is a bit sharper than it should be. This slight over-sharpening will then be removed by the JPEG compression, leaving you with a high quality image and a minimum file size http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

* Better still, copy and paste the resized and sharpened image from Photoshop into Macromedia Fireworks, if you have it. Firework's JPEG compression does a much better job than Photoshop of reducing file size and retaining image quality. Photoshop is better at everything else though.


I hope that helps!

Realjambo
08-12-2006, 12:16 PM
Thanks all, I'll have a go with the Photoshop VK, cheers.

janek73
08-12-2006, 09:41 PM
I had the same problem but solution is very easy, go to photobucket - account options -and change Max Picture Size, it should be 1024Kb

Realjambo
08-14-2006, 03:47 AM
VK, thanks very much, (hey BR, listen up, you'd be proud of RJ) I followd your adviceand it works! I've bookmarked your instructions.

VikingGrandad
08-14-2006, 04:40 AM
Glad to hear it worked for you RJ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I use this technique for my screenshot competition entries.

I've saved the whole process as a script file for Photoshop, which I can send you if you want it? It would basically mean that you can process a load of images in Photoshop with about 3/4 mouse clicks. Perhaps other folks would be interested in using it too, although I'm not sure how many people here have Photoshop.

Goose_Green
08-14-2006, 04:43 AM
Sign me up please VG http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif - sounds like a fantastic idea, I've been using photoshop for the same purpose (and nothing else too with regards to screenshots!).

Messervy
08-14-2006, 04:47 AM
Ah...thanks for reminding me VG that there is a macro option in Photoshop. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

VikingGrandad
08-14-2006, 04:50 AM
No problem, I'll upload it somewhere when I get home from work. What's a good file sharing site? (other than rapidshare which causes some people problems, including me)

That reminds me, I've not entered this month's comp yet. I don't fancy my chances, as I've not been playing much SH3 recently due to work (and also Titan Quest http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif) - so I will have to dig out some older shots from my archive...

Goose_Green
08-14-2006, 05:02 AM
I have used FileFront for uploads and is easy to use and fairly quick to get your files available for downloading.

File Front Website (http://www.filefront.com/)

VikingGrandad
08-14-2006, 05:23 AM
Thanks Goose http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'll upload the file later, with (Jambo-proof http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) instructions for use.

Realjambo
08-14-2006, 06:58 AM
Haaaah, the 'Jambo Proof' phrase ain't gonna go away is it (phew!)

VK I'm up for that macro too, thanks very much.

VikingGrandad
08-18-2006, 03:37 PM
I almost forgot about this... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

VG's Down-size to 800x600 Photoshop actions file (http://files.filefront.com/Downsize_screenshots_800x/;5423781;;/fileinfo.html)

This Photoshop action reduces large images down to 800 x 600 pixels, adds a decent amount of sharpening to keep the image quality, then saves a copy of the image as a web-optimised JPEG file (your original image files are left untouched)

INSTRUCTIONS

To import my Actions file into Photoshop (you only need to do this once) :

1. Download the file
2. Open Photoshop (I think this will work with v.7, CS and CS2)
3. Go to the 'Window' menu > select 'Actions' (or just press F9)
4. In the Actions palette, click on the fly-out menu (arrow button, top right) > select 'Load actions...'
5. Locate the file you downloaded and click 'Load'

You should now have 'Downsize-screenshots-800x600px' in the Actions window http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

To run this action on an individual file:

1. Open the image in Photoshop
2. Select 'Downsize-screenshots-800x600px' in the Actions window and open it up to reveal the actions
3. Select 'Resize 800x600'
4. Click the 'Play' button (bottom of the Actions palette, triangle-shaped button)
5. The image will now be processed!

To run this action on a batch of image files:

1. Go to 'File' > 'Automate' > 'Batch...'
2. In the 'Set' list, choose 'Downsize-screenshots-800x600px'
3. In the 'Action' list, choose 'Resize 800x600'
4. In the 'Source' list, choose 'Folder'
5. Click the 'Choose...' button and select the folder that contains the images you want to process (note - ALL images in this folder will be processed)
6. Click 'OK' and Photoshop will then process all the images (it's cool to watch!)

My only concern is that the Action file has been set up to export the files into a specific folder in a specific location on my C drive, which won't exist on your drive! This may cause processing errors (your original files will be left untouched). If this happens, let me know and I will write some alternative instructions for you to create your own actions script instead of using mine http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Realjambo
08-18-2006, 03:39 PM
Thanks VK for posting that up, really appreciate it.