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Basic Scaling(?) Question

Dec 7, 2011, 22:33
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Basic Scaling(?) Question
Hello,

I'm new here though I've been enjoying The GIMP for many years--many thanks to the developers.

There's a basic feature that I've somehow never been able to get my head around--i.e., scaling(?). I've searched Google, GIMP help and the threads here and have found many references but am still unable to figure it out, so sorry if this post is redundant.

From Gimp.org:

Resolution applies to printing only and has no effect on the image's size when it is displayed on a monitor or a mobile device.

OK, got it. Sort of. Since 'Resolution applies to printing only' I've changed the 'print size' in Image > Scale to 7" x 5", hoping to display the image at that size on a web page. As you probably know, this didn't work. It's a big image--260 x 260 pixels/in--and shows up huge on the page (or when opened in Firefox). I can't figure out how to reduce the display size on the web page. Apparently 'Scale Image' isn't the answer, or I'm missing something essential (and probably obvious).

I don't wan't this huge image on the web, partly because it's original art and I don't want to make it too easy to make high quality reproductions from the posted image.

I suspect my problem lies in not really understanding ppi vs dpi etc.,--which misunderstanding I've gathered from my reading is very common--in spite of having read a number of elementary explanations. Can anyone explain to me what it is that I'm missing and/or where to find instructions I might be able to comprehend?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Dec 8, 2011, 02:44
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RE: Basic Scaling(?) Question
Ofnuts,

Thanks for the speedy reply. I can see that it's rather dense (with information, I mean)--I have yet to make useful sense of it but look forward to pondering it at greater length. I'll get back to you when I've done so.

Cheers,

mn
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Dec 9, 2011, 00:46
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RE: Basic Scaling(?) Question
Thanks very much again for your detailed response. May I ask a practical question? Attached is the image in question as displayed in GIMP.

   

Is it possible to configure it, using GIMP (or in any other way, for that matter) so that it will display at a particular size (in inches) when uploaded to the web (in this case, Wordpress)?

Thanks for your time and patience.

p.s. I'm new to the forum so sorry If I've failed to upload the screen print correctly. I can't tell from the preview. If such is the case, I'll try again after viewing the post.
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Dec 9, 2011, 01:24
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RE: Basic Scaling(?) Question
Thanks again for your detailed--and obviously expert--advice. I guess ultimately, web design isn't for amateurs--at least not those without a great deal of time to learn the craft. Since there is plainly no practical solution to my problem I guess I'm done with the web as a venue for selling my art. Disappointing, but then, what isn't these days?

Thanks (yet) again for your time and patience.
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Dec 9, 2011, 18:21
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RE: Basic Scaling(?) Question
Yes, of course. I think I have the print part managed (though I won't be certain till I've sent a CD to the printers for a proof); also the color quality displayed has been more than adequate. Simply getting the images displayed at a reasonable size is my challenge. I'll keep tinkering. Thanks again for your time and expertise.
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Dec 9, 2011, 20:34
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RE: Basic Scaling(?) Question
(Dec 9, 2011 20:33)ofnuts Wrote:  The average screen on the web is 1024*768pix or more according to this site (unless you also take in acccount the smartphones). So a 800x600 picture would fit in about any navigator window.
Thanks again!
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