I have taken a look at this, with the original photo as supplied. Here is a quick and dirty web page with some results.
There are a few things going on here. Firstly, the image resolution is set to 240ppi - so Freeway will be applying some scaling, resulting in an image that appears smaller than it is./ If you right-click on the image and select Pixel Size, you will get the image if it is set to 72ppi. Result: a much bigger image.
It’s well know that Freeway’s scaling is not too hot, so I have also shown the same image as scaled in Photoshop - again at 240ppi and at 72ppi (just for good measure).
For best, tip-top results, I generally scale in Photoshop before final production because I know I will get a far superior image that I would if I let Freeway do the scaling.
I also did some experiments a long while back, comparing Freeway’s JPEG output with that of Photoshop a quick précis of my findings:
1 - Photoshop’s 75% JPEG compression gives a better image than JPEGs at 75% in Freeway. Freeway will give smaller file sizes, but image quality will suffer. If you want to compress to get the same kind of results as you would get in Photoshop, up your compression level to 85% in Freeway. I’ve set this as my default.
2 - JPEG compression will lose detail - it’s the nature of the beast. One thing which is worth doing if you find that loss bothersome is to apply a spot of sharpening to the image. Crank it up so that it is just a spot higher than you are happy with. This should help counteract the JPEG mangling. Experiment with the image you have as this will vary.
Usually, my scaled/sharpened Photoshop files will consist of the final image as a smart object in the Photoshop file so that the image can be rescaled up if needed, and to preserve it from too much interference from sharpening filters if needed.
If I have time, I may add some comparison images to the page linked to above with sharpening on/off.
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