[Pro] Jagged edges on image

I have been preparing a graphic for a website, which I placed as a tif file in the media folder for that site and just let Freeway do it’s thing in terms of size reduction for final publishing.

Looking at the actual web page though, the image of a book cover has rather jagged edges. Should I just be reducing to a smaller size first in Photoshop to obtain a smoother result?

Thanks

Ashley


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I always size my images down first before I put them into FW. I do so using Photoshop, but I’m sure you could use any other program like Acorn or something.

The only other solution is to put a border (1px) on the outside of the image. That’s been known to clean up the edges, but without seeing the picture it’s hard to tell you which color to choose.

I haven’t ‘bought’ into the idea that FW can output the same quality image as Photoshop so I never just drag and drop my items in and out of FW because FW wasn’t built for image editing and two it makes the file size jy-nor-mous (sp?).


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I think you may well be right about FW not outputting quality at the same level as Photoshop, though I do like the freedom of being able to subtly change size if required. If anybody at Softpress knows different then please let us know. I had the quality setting on 85%, which generally seems to be the best quality/size compromise.

In this case I think the jump in size may simply have been too big for FW to handle, since the original was taken from 16MP digital image and downsized to just a small screen jpeg.

You can see the problem on the page where I am currently working at http://www.nudephotopro.com and it’s rather odd because the picture of a book cover includes a white border area, which represent the real edges of the image but it’s the actual black sides of the book which appear slightly jagged even though they are perfectly smooth inside Photoshop and still looked fine when I used Photoshop to produce a smaller jpeg version for emailing.


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You could try outputting it as a PNG. I’d be careful about using any kind of transparency with it if you’re worried about IE6.

I think a PNG-24, out of Photoshop, would get rid of the ragged edges. Sure it’s a larger file size, but not a whole lot of images are on the site anyways.


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I’ll take a look and see what it’s like in PNG, but I suspect the answer will be to find the perfect size in FW and then prepare a jpeg at the right measurements in Photoshop.

It’s likely that I’ll add another 3 to 4 images, so I’d rather avoid the PNG route if possible. It’s rather strange though because I have never seen these jagged edges before like this with FW and now that I think about it I have done other pictures in the same way that were originally 16MP images and they all looked rather good.


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