[Pro] Image Prep in PS

Just wondering what the best approach is for preparing images in Photoshop (CS 2) to be used in a FW 5 designed site.

Originals are 5" x 10", scanned at 300 PPI to give images that are 1500 (h) x 3000 (w). I am going to want these to appear as 500 x 1000 images on the site, ideally somewhere in the 150k to 250k file size range. Should I just go ahead and reduce the image size to 500 x 1000 @ 300 PPI in PS, and let FW do the rest, or would it be better to select more carefully the quality of image I desire using PS’s Save for Web feature, and then import that into FW?


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Should I just go ahead and reduce the image size to 500 x 1000 @ 300
PPI in PS, and let FW do the rest

Almost perfect. The one difference is…

You already know the precise pixel dimensions.
Freeway will pay attention to the pixel-per-inch value, scaling the
image appropriately just as apps such as InDesign and QuarkXPress do.
So if you set the image to be 300ppi it will import smaller than the
desired size. So…

Set it to be your desired final pixel size (500x1000px) at 72ppi.
Save it as a native Photoshop (.psd) document.
Import it to Freeway.
Optionally tweak the image’s compression settings in Freeway.

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Thanks, k, that makes sense! Actually, the images will already be in .psd format as layer effects have been added to the scanned images. I assume they will need to be flattened before importing into FW?

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I’ve had great success doing all the graphic work in Photoshop and then importing the flat images, ‘Saved for Web’ in Photoshop, into FW. I’ve never had success working with images in FW as either the images are jagged or glossy or they aren’t very sharp or they’re too sharp and I think FW is built more for web design than it is an accurate photo editor / image manipulator. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’d prepare in Photoshop first and then import them as ‘Pass-Through’s’ into FW.


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Sometime around 5/12/09 (at 02:38 -0500) Fern said:

I assume they will need to be flattened before importing into FW?

Not at all. :slight_smile:
Try it and see. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised. Layer effects,
masks, type layers - it all Just Works.

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Sometime around 5/12/09 (at 02:45 -0500) Dan J said:

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’d prepare in Photoshop first
and then import them as ‘Pass-Through’s’ into FW.

Pass-through is a perfectly viable way to go, but this does restrict
what can be done. It is important to know this.

For me, the convenience of being able to use native PSD images and
the convenience of being able to crop, combine and so on in Photoshop
is immense. Pass-through means giving up all that. I’ve not had image
quality problems either, so life’s sweet here in London.

Dan, I’m a little surprised to hear of your experience with
regularly-imported images. Were they sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998)? Were
they the pixel size you need or were you resizing them?

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