General Questions about JPEGs

Hi,

I have some general questions about JPEGs:

  1. If I change the image quality to 100% on ‘Document setup’ do I also need to change the individual settings of images on the inspector to 100%? Right now DS is 100% but inspector says 75% when an individual image is clicked.

  2. As an artist it is obviously important that your artwork (images) are associated with your name. Therefore is there any benefit to including your name in the title (or alt text) of a JPEG? Will that affect search engines?

  3. Does FW automatically convert JPEG to GIF? And if so under what circumstance?

Jessica


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  1. Any changes (to most things) in the Document Setup act like “factory objects” – they affect the things that happen after the change, but do not affect any existing items. Any images that already exist on pages will have whatever was the default at the time that you made the page, not the current value of the default. That said, please do not use 100% “quality” on any JPEG. It is not necessary, and is counter-productive. In some images, it can result in a file that is larger than the original.

  2. The Alt attribute is the place for this sort of thing. You can get a little bit of juice from clever file naming, but it’s really not worth the hassle in my opinion. The Alt text is where screen readers (and other visually-disabled visitors, like GoogleBot) get their information about an image. Don’t be spammy in this field, and don’t run on beyond 200 characters (including spaces and punctuation).

  3. Freeway will automatically select a GIF output for an image if the original has a limited palette already, but for any true-color (24-bit or higher) image format, it will usually choose JPEG. Choose GIF on an image-by-image basis, based on your need to preserve letterforms or graphic content (diagonal lines, curves) rather than natural imagery. GIF brings with it a hard limit of 255 total colors, which is not a very large box of crayons. It’s only suitable for images that contain text, and depending on what else the image contains, you may want to go with a PNG format instead, to get the best of both worlds (albeit with a larger total file size).

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Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

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If you click on each image that is already there, you can adjust the output quality setting by clicking on the third tab from the left in the Inspector (looks like a newspaper icon). You have to repeat this for each image, there’s no page-level quality setting you can use.

Walter

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Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

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In my knowlegde there is an overall setting for images in the Document setup. For Gif, PNG en jpg.


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If you click on each image that is already there, you can adjust the output quality setting by clicking on the third tab from the left in the Inspector (looks like a newspaper icon). You have to repeat this for each image, there’s no page-level quality setting you can use.
Walter
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Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

J


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Yes, there certainly is a global setting, but it only affects things you make AFTER you change it, it does not retain a connection to the objects already created before you change it, and it does not change them after they have been created.

Let’s say you have it set to 83%, and you draw a few images on a page and populate them with full-color original images in normal (not pass-through) format. Click on any of the images you just made, and confirm that they are indeed set to JPEG at 83%. Now, without changing anything on the page, update the Document Settings dialog to use 42% quality. Create and populate another graphic, and check it in the Inspector – it will be 42% quality. But check the others, and they will still be 83%.

That’s what I mean by the “factory model” here – once a factory spits out a new car, subsequent changes to the assembly line do not affect the cars that are already on the road.

Walter

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In my knowlegde there is an overall setting for images in the Document setup. For Gif, PNG en jpg.


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If you click on each image that is already there, you can adjust the output quality setting by clicking on the third tab from the left in the Inspector (looks like a newspaper icon). You have to repeat this for each image, there’s no page-level quality setting you can use.
Walter
On Mar 4, 2015, at 10:27 PM, Jessica email@hidden wrote:

Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

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Ok, I haven’t checked it thouroughly because I do it always per image. But its an one time overall startup setting then. Not a ‘style adjustment’ for all images at once.
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Yes, there certainly is a global setting, but it only affects things you make AFTER you change it, it does not retain a connection to the objects already created before you change it, and it does not change them after they have been created.
Let’s say you have it set to 83%, and you draw a few images on a page and populate them with full-color original images in normal (not pass-through) format. Click on any of the images you just made, and confirm that they are indeed set to JPEG at 83%. Now, without changing anything on the page, update the Document Settings dialog to use 42% quality. Create and populate another graphic, and check it in the Inspector – it will be 42% quality. But check the others, and they will still be 83%.
That’s what I mean by the “factory model” here – once a factory spits out a new car, subsequent changes to the assembly line do not affect the cars that are already on the road.
Walter
On Mar 5, 2015, at 8:05 AM, email@hidden wrote:

In my knowlegde there is an overall setting for images in the Document setup. For Gif, PNG en jpg.


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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:42 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden
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If you click on each image that is already there, you can adjust the output quality setting by clicking on the third tab from the left in the Inspector (looks like a newspaper icon). You have to repeat this for each image, there’s no page-level quality setting you can use.
Walter
On Mar 4, 2015, at 10:27 PM, Jessica email@hidden wrote:

Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

J


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Ok, I haven’t checked it thouroughly because I do it always per image. But its an one time overall startup setting then. Not a ‘style adjustment’ for all images at once.
thnx


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Yes, there certainly is a global setting, but it only affects things you make AFTER you change it, it does not retain a connection to the objects already created before you change it, and it does not change them after they have been created.
Let’s say you have it set to 83%, and you draw a few images on a page and populate them with full-color original images in normal (not pass-through) format. Click on any of the images you just made, and confirm that they are indeed set to JPEG at 83%. Now, without changing anything on the page, update the Document Settings dialog to use 42% quality. Create and populate another graphic, and check it in the Inspector – it will be 42% quality. But check the others, and they will still be 83%.
That’s what I mean by the “factory model” here – once a factory spits out a new car, subsequent changes to the assembly line do not affect the cars that are already on the road.
Walter
On Mar 5, 2015, at 8:05 AM, email@hidden wrote:

In my knowlegde there is an overall setting for images in the Document setup. For Gif, PNG en jpg.


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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:42 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden
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If you click on each image that is already there, you can adjust the output quality setting by clicking on the third tab from the left in the Inspector (looks like a newspaper icon). You have to repeat this for each image, there’s no page-level quality setting you can use.
Walter
On Mar 4, 2015, at 10:27 PM, Jessica email@hidden wrote:

Ok good to know. So if I dragged and dropped some 72 res jpegs on to my pages, they defaulted at 75%, and I changed them to 100% on the inspector and published them I should:

a. Simply reset the inspector to 75% on each page

b. delete the image (because I screwed it up by changing the default setting from 75% to 100%…?) and re-drag and drop, leaving the default inspector setting at 75%

J


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Why does the alt text for my GIF image on the first page of my site show under the green web address on google?

I do not know the proper terms, but when you do a google search there is the purple text, the green text (web address) and grey smaller text underneath that says whats on the page.

When I punch in my name ‘Jessica Liggero’ to see if my website comes up first (jessicaliggero.com), it does, but the alt text shows in the grey text and I do not like it there. How can I prevent it from showing?

I just want it to read:

Jessica Liggero | The Painting Pugilist | Art | Boxing

instead of :

HomePageHeavyBags. Jessica Liggero|The Painting Pugilist| Art|Boxing

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Quite simply there is no real content on your index page - the only prominent thing is the heavy bags picture so Google is picking up on that.

Add real text to the page included as html text, properly structured with a header etc and Google will use that instead.

This is the reason why ‘Splash’ pages like this are not good for SEO

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That is why I added the HTML text in the bottom right corner underneath the picture. What do you mean properly structured with a header?

I do not understand why other artists have splash pages without html text yet their google text reads differently. Example 'artist portfolio of Summer Wheat. If you google ‘Summer Wheat’ and then look at her website:

Can meta tags affect this?


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In this particular case, yes. Because Summer’s page does not contain any HTML either, Google has apparently fallen back to the meta description, as you were advised to use earlier in this thread.

That’s just a guess on my part, as is any SEO advice anywhere (unless you actually work at Google, in which case you will be rubber-hosed for leaking that sort of thing).

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That is why I added the HTML text in the bottom right corner underneath the picture.

But one line of html text doesn’t make for good SEO - especially as it has the class of style6 - not even an h1!

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But one line of html text doesn’t make for good SEO - especially as it has the class of style6 - not even an h1!

D

Ok makes sense. I read a little about styling text and H1 in the Freeway Reference small guide, seems a little complicated. Does Freeway have a tutorial video about how to do this?

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This is a good read about:

http://calebgrove.com/articles/sane-styles

and I did some stuff as well if it comes to flag content properly:

http://www.kimmich-digitalmedia.com/videos/013_thecodingepisodes_part6_the-paragraph

and the following.

Cheers

Thomas


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