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I have designed an image that has layers I have drawn, layers I have used a large brush, and layers with photos. I have saved this design in three different formats and all three look pretty horrible. Can anyone help me, I want my designs to look crisp and smooth.

HELP!
Ok so looking at my attachments one does not look so bad here. But on Facebook it looks just as bad as the other one. Any ideas?

(Jun 2, 2010 03:26)Solar Designs Wrote: [ -> ]I have designed an image that has layers I have drawn, layers I have used a large brush, and layers with photos. I have saved this design in three different formats and all three look pretty horrible. Can anyone help me, I want my designs to look crisp and smooth.

HELP!
Welcome to the forums, Solar Designs. Fantastic work you have there!

I would suggest you to go with PNG file format for your images. The attachment here that looks best is in PNG.

EDIT: Actually it looks like it's a rule to go with JPEG (JPG) format for photographic images. Just make sure to set the quality high when you save your images. I come from the web design field, where PNG is the preferred format for web graphics.

Also I see you are designing your images as 200x600, which is the old size of profiles pictures in Facebook. The new size of profiles pictures is 180x540. Try to scale down the image.

EDIT: Both 200x600 and 180x540 sizes have 1:3 ratio. Facebook should be smart enough to resize and show correctly these sizes, or any other. Anyway, it's safer to go with 180x540 and it shouldn't be changed much by Facebook.

Hope it helps.
Thanks! Both uploads look terrible on Facebook. I was at a friend's house last night. One who uses "Photoshop" so he troubleshot with me and we increased the resolution and it looked so much better.


(Jun 2, 2010 09:52)Einherjar Wrote: [ -> ]Welcome to the forums, Solar Designs. Fantastic work you have there!

I would suggest you to go with PNG file format for your images. The attachment here that looks best is in PNG.

Also I see you are designing your images as 200x600, which is the old size of profiles pictures in Facebook. The new size of profiles pictures is 180x540. Try to scale down the image.

Hope it helps.
Nice to hear the issue is solved. Smile

It looks like Facebook applies some compression to pictures.

Also it would be great if you articulate a bit more on what exactly was done to achieve good results. I'm sure this is doable with GIMP as well, just the right settings to be used. I think we need to sort this out so in the future we can do it ourselves.
Yes they do add compression to the pictures. I found that the preview of the image I uploaded looked a lot worse than the image in the album after it was uploaded. It also looks much clearer once it is uploaded as a profile picture.

So I changed the setting by going to the image tab and clicking on the Scale Image link. I have attached a screen shot of the settings, as well as the new file in .jpg. Jpeg seemed to be the best file format for this design on Facebook.

(Jun 3, 2010 10:57)Einherjar Wrote: [ -> ]Nice to hear the issue is solved. Smile

It looks like Facebook applies some compression to pictures.

Also it would be great if you articulate a bit more on what exactly was done to achieve good results. I'm sure this is doable with GIMP as well, just the right settings to be used. I think we need to sort this out so in the future we can do it ourselves.
Thanks for explaining.
No problem!
(Jun 3, 2010 10:57)Einherjar Wrote: [ -> ]Nice to hear the issue is solved. Smile

It looks like Facebook applies some compression to pictures.

Also it would be great if you articulate a bit more on what exactly was done to achieve good results. I'm sure this is doable with GIMP as well, just the right settings to be used. I think we need to sort this out so in the future we can do it ourselves.


Facebook doesnt apply some compression,it goddamn converts all png,tiff formats to the dreaded jpg,disastrously degrading hours of hardwork to nothing, :'( , Vj-
Vj- © Wrote:When the word of death looms over eyah head,even the shield of life cant save eyah butt, Smile , Vj-
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