Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How to reduce size with Photoshop

On Tuesday, I've posted my first two pictures, re-sized, cropped and watermark with Photoshop. Previously, I've been using Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Office Picture Manager, and I'm glad to announce that I won't go back to them anymore!

With Photoshop, the picture did not lose loss less of its quality after being compressed (Update: editing RAW is best to keep the image quality). Mind you that I did not edit the image sharpness or color... shamefully to say, because I still don't know how. Ha! It's good in a way, because I always prefer a non-edited picture (unless it is to add emotions to it). IMO, a good photo should look great when the photographer shoots it, and not after he/she edits it, right?

Okay, so here's the process. After searching high and low on the net, it's so far the best and easiest tutorial I found (for beginners :), with simple instructions, large picture samples with red circles and comments: designboom.com/optmize_tutorial.html

Remark: this method is for posting pictures on the web.
  • Under Image Size, set the resolution to 72 pixels/inch;
  • Then, set the size to maximum width 600 pixels x maximum height 800 pixels;
  • Finally, under File, select Save for Web (I kept quality to 100% though).
Here's an image that has been cropped, resized and watermarked with MS:


The same image, using Photoshop... notice that the image is much clearer, i.e. image quality almost intact. You can see the difference if you look at Chicken Little's feet... they are blur in the picture above.

1 comment:

Chanaporn said...

A lot more fun to do with Photoshop ka, eiei