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How do you all do it?

Process your images for uploading to the gallery that is.

I look at many of the photos posted here and am amazed at the level of detail that is retained in many photos after the necessary resizing and compression to allow them to be posted to the gallery. Is it the software used or some of the settings or processes used?

I am currently putting together some photos for posting but am frustrated about losing detail that it appears others can retain. I either use Viewer 3 on my laptop or Photo Editor on my tablet. After making any adjustments I then resize to whichever dimensions will get the image below the size limit. I always chose the highest quality settings available. Most of the time I am working on jpegs as, up until recently, that is all I have been shooting in.

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Re: How do you all do it?

Perhaps mine suffer the same loss of detail but I have not compared mine with others. I use viewer3 to resize for upload at lowest quality to save space - I did use the highest quality but soon got close to my forum allocated quota. Not much help I know.
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Re: How do you all do it?

I'd be interested in the answers to this too as I've long suspected the shots I've uploaded here were worse in resolution to those posted by others. I generally use jpgs too to capture images but have been shooting raw as well recently just for the time I finally get to grips with it. As for resizing them to post I usually just open them in Picassa and hit the export button with the largest size set to around 850 to 950. For compression I leave it on auto and see what comes out if it's a bit too big then I'll go to custom 95% or even 85% if I have to. It's quick and easy but as I said it does seem to show less detail when posted than others show here although the same images at the same size look pretty good on Flickr. So as I said I'd be interested in what others do as well, thanks for asking the question Will.
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Re: How do you all do it?

I resize and sharpen in Photoshop and then use Save for Web and Device using the Quality slider to get the quality/file size I need.
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Re: How do you all do it?

I think raw files will always contain more detail than files that started as jpegs and get made smaller
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Re: How do you all do it?

I was always told that the last thing to do was sharpen. So after converting my Raw file to a jpeg I then do whatever adjustments I need in Elements10, then resize to what size I need, usually 900x625 for posting to web and then sharpen.
I'll normally save with a compression of 10 which will give me a file size on about 300kb.
I believe using save for web in Photoshop strips the EXIF.

I expect everyone will do something a bit differently.I'm sure a lot of people will add a TIFF stage for their editing.
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Re: How do you all do it?

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I was always told that the last thing to do was sharpen. So after converting my Raw file to a jpeg I then do whatever adjustments I need in Elements10, then resize to what size I need, usually 900x625 for posting to web and then sharpen.
I'll normally save with a compression of 10 which will give me a file size on about 300kb.
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Andy that is interesting, have you compared sharp before and after on an image ?

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Re: How do you all do it?

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Andy that is interesting, have you compared sharp before and after on an image ?

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Not quite sure what you mean by this, I'll use the default demosaic sharpen in my Raw convertor and at the end of my Photoshop edit I'll use USM normally with setting something like amount=140, Radius=0.3, threshold=4.
This will vary depending on the type of image.

By the way there's people much more skilled than I on here.
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Re: How do you all do it?

Andy sorry, me being unclear, I meant do the image and save with sharp after and then start with the same image again (you started with, but sharpen before) and pixel peep to compare which is best ?
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Re: How do you all do it?

I believe the 'rule' is that you should sharpen last, and the degree of sharpening depends on the intended viewing medium. You usually sharpen more for prints, because when printed they soften because the dots bleed into each other.

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Re: How do you all do it?

Jim, thanks for this - never thought of that
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Re: How do you all do it?

Minor sharpening is the last thing I do in LR before exporting as jpg. I then quite often adjust further (including sharpening and NR) in Snapheal. I've had softening issues on some websites when uploading direct from my PC so I quite often import to Flickr and then copy and paste the BBR code into my post from there, solves the softening issue.

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Re: How do you all do it?

I've heard that sharpening should be the last process too, and it makes sense if you think about it - if you sharpen and then resize many of the sharpened edges will be, well, blunted for want of a better word . Remember also that repeatedly saving and reopening a jpeg file will result in loss of quality, so unless you're planning on doing the entire PP process in one go (i.e. not saving and reopening files) work in raw or tiff until the last minute.
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Re: How do you all do it?

I have always used ACDsee pro's batch edit facilty for web images as I have always found it superior to other methods including LR.



Why well because I can actually switch to a before and after view in the sharpening section at 100% (1024x800px) and adjust the sharpening to taste in real time rather than guessing how it is going to look after resizing.


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Re: How do you all do it?

I use a home brewed custom filter that you can enter in CS3 and Elements. This adds just the right amount of sharpening for a 800x600 image without making things look false...




I updated my Photoshop Tricks thread to reflect this while I was at it..

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