Monday, April 18, 2011
Make Photos Web Ready —04/18/11
How to prepare your image files for online and email use
In the Save For Web and Devices dialogue you can also choose the type of loading that your image will exhibit online. If you check the Progressive option, your image will load piece by piece until the finished photo is slowly revealed. Without this option selected, viewers will see no image at all until the full photo has loaded all at once. This is particularly troublesome with large image files or web pages with lots of pictures.
You’ve now got your web-ready image looking good, but there’s another consideration for a photograph that’s destined for the web: attribution. Metadata is often stripped from files uploaded via social networking and file sharing sites, and it’s even kept to a minimum within Photoshop’s Save For Web feature. You can choose to keep your metadata—including XML, copyright and contact information—attached to a file with careful use of the Save For Web dialog. If you want even more assurance that your image and your name won’t be separated down the line, consider a watermark or copyright notice placed directly in the image area.
In the end, if you’ve got an image file smaller than 1MB, it’s small enough to email fairly easily. You can eke out another bit of space savings by zipping the file prior to sending it, although some email programs balk because the actual contents of a zip file often appear mysterious. Whatever you do, don’t email a 10MB TIFF file full of layers and channels to your web designer: nothing good will come of it.
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