Preparing images for the Web

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Photograph by Daniel Hancock

We all enjoy showing our photographs to others. The internet is the easiest way to share these photographs. A proper procedure for preparing images for the web will heighten the enjoyment of the viewer. 1. Sort the images. Don't publish all of your images on the web, just the best. When viewing images on the web, the difference between the professional and the amateur photographer often is that the amateur displays their mediocre pictures on the web while the professional does not. 2. Resize There are many programs to do this. I like TSR watermark (you can set it with no watermark so that it just resizes the images). Normally, a good size for the internet is 640 pixels on the longest side. 3. Add a frame (optional) Although optional, this can enhance the viewing of your photograph. TSR watermark can do this also. 3. Save for the web Save it as a jpeg (.jpg), which is the most common file type for images on the web), at about 85% quality (this is for the web so 100% is not necessary). 4. Keep the original on your computer Always keep the original file on your computer. You'll also want to back it up somewhere else, in case of an accident.   See also - The Efficient Workflow Part I The Efficient Workflow Part II

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