Sometime around 5/3/08 (at 12:57 -0500) Beatrice said:
I haven’t had issues with other jpg files that are sent my way that
I have used in a site - I have been able to drag/drop them in and
they act as expected (in terms of the size I wanted). But it looks
like the only way I can get my files to be the size I want is to
save as via PS to get them to import OR drag/drop into FW.
I would definitely recommend that you don’t save as JPEG before
importing to Freeway - UNLESS you import as a pass-through.
Pass-through images aren’t remade by Freeway at all, they are simply
‘passed through’ the publishing process untouched. If you have a
precisely-optimised image, and you DON’T intend on doing any graphic
tricks with it in Freeway (shadow, border, merge with other images,
crop, resize, etc…) then pass-through is useful.
If you DO intend to do any of those things - anything at all that
requires Freeway to rebuild a new version of the image - then
pass-through is not for you in that instance.
And as Freeway always outputs newly-optimised JPEGs (or GIFs or PNGs)
from any non-pass-through graphic, that means it generates a
newly-compressed version. JPEG is a lossy compression format; every
time a JPEG image is made or saved, image data is thrown away.
If you want to preserve quality and don’t want to use the
pass-through approach, save as TIFF or (my personal favourite) native
Photoshop PSD. Import that instead of your JPEG. The final result
will be a web-optimised JPEG (or whatever), but it won’t have been
through another lossy compression process unnecessarily, before that
Regarding the iStock images that don’t behave correctly in Freeway
until they’re resaved, it could be something odd to do with the
variation of the JPEG format that is used. Please do send a copy of
that image to Softpress. You never know - you could end up helping
them make Freeway avoid that problem in the future, which could make
your life simpler!
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