photo resolution quality issue

Recently I have noticed that the quality of photos on my website which are being dragged and dropped into Freeway into a graphics box from iPhoto are of poor quality. The photos are 7 mega pixel photos are are very clear in other graphic programs.

Is there a setting on how FW 5.3 imports and compresses a photo for the web. The photos are jpegs.

I am looking for a setting that will keep like 90% quality not what looks like 50% or so.

Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Keith

long time FW user since V3


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Sometime around 27/12/08 (at 16:19 -0500) frog racer said:

Is there a setting on how FW 5.3 imports and compresses a photo for
the web. The photos are jpegs.

How much are they being reduced? What percentage scaling is used? For
reasonable quality it is best to avoid massive reductions (near
single figures), and you’ll get the absolute best if you reduce to
the desired size in Photoshop first and then apply a little
sharpening before importing.

(And BTW, don’t save your originals as JPEGs!)

Once in Freeway you can choose the compression setting for a selected
image in the Inspector palette.

I am looking for a setting that will keep like 90% quality not what
looks like 50% or so.

One thing to note: the compression percentage required to achieve a
particular size/quality is not the same across different
applications. Not even nearly. Just in case you get caught out by
this one day!

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Keith

Thank you for your insight. I have been thinking about taking photos in another format but many take up so much room. I have over 20000 photos of my kids.

Will check out alternate formats when I purchase a new camera in the near future.

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I have been thinking about taking photos in another format but many
take up so much room. I have over 20000 photos of my kids.

You can work with your JPEG originals, but if you do anything to them
in Photoshop then do NOT save out as JPEGs, not even using Save For
Web. Each and every time a JPEG image is saved it is damaged a little
further by the JPEG compression process. Freeway will generate
optimised JPEGs etc. as part of the publishing process, so avoid
cumulative JPEG damage by never resaving in JPEG format.

Don’t worry about your existing JPEGs. Any existing damage is done to
the high-resolution bitmap image so it won’t be particularly visible.
But for best results and faster processing by Freeway I recommend
creating copies of those shots at slightly smaller sizes - ideally
the exact size you want but otherwise say roughly 200% of the
probable final output - and saved in a non-lossy format. For Freeway,
I save in native Photoshop (PSD) format so I can keep image layers,
masks, layer effects, text layers and so on intact if I want.

By the way, pay attention to the pixels-per-inch setting of an image.
This simply tells any application that understands this how to scale
the image to fit that many image pixels into a linear inch…

You could have a 600-pixel-wide image, but if it is set to 300 pixels
per inch then it will be just two (virtual) inches wide when imported
to Freeway (or any decent DTP program). You can scale it up of
course, as it has far more pixels to offer than are required to
render a screen-based image at that size.
If that 600-pixel-wide image was set to 240 pixel per inch (something
a number of digital cameras pick) then it would arrive on the page at
2.5 inches wide.
If that 600-pixel-wide image was set to 72 pixels per inch, then it
would arrive on the page at 8.3 inches wide. It wouldn’t be advisable
to scale it up past this as there is no more ‘spare’ resolution to be
obtained. But it can be scaled down.
It doesn’t really matter what ppi an image is set to as long as you
understand how this works. Although it you do resize your shots to a
particular pixel dimension in Photoshop first, you should also set
the ppi to 72 so that they arrive at the expected size with no
resizing needed.

Oh, and one final note on this: Freeway 5 includes an option in the
Import dialog to ignore embedded image resolution. This makes the
imported image arrive scaled so that one image pixel corresponds with
one screen pixel. For multi-megapixel digital camera shots this means
they’ll more than fill your page and must be scaled down immediately

  • but this can be a way to bypass the entire resolution/ppi issue.

Over 20,000 is a fair number of archived photos; your kids must be a
little tired of the camera! :wink:
If you shoot in RAW format (essentially unprocessed sensor data)
rather than processed and lossy-compressed JPEG you’ll be able to
work with the best possible output the camera can give. But you’ll
still need to process to a more regular bitmap format before doing
anything with that.

FYI, I keep my photos on external drives as there’s no way I’d be
able to store them on the internal disk. But then, I only shoot in
RAW (25MB per shot), and because I often shoot panoramas I generally
process the RAW files to 16-bit TIFFs (67.5MB each) and stitch eight
together (400MB+ for a single layer) before processing into print or
web-ready panoramas. Storage is important, as is RAM when editing the
final composite in Photoshop!

k


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