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Would this be a bad habit that needs to be broken? (how I make my images)

Jul 22, 2013, 09:28
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Would this be a bad habit that needs to be broken? (how I make my images)
I tend to make all my creations large & 100% quality when exported to jpg... the largest image I go is 2880x2880 px but regardless of landscape image, portrait image, or perfect square, the longer side I always make 2880 px wide which is 40 inches on a 72 dpi... then exported at 100% quality, I seem to like large maxed out quality images... is this a habit that needs to be broken? or is it no big deal?
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Jul 23, 2013, 00:11
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RE: Would this be a bad habit that needs to be broken? (how I make my images)
It depends on where you use your final .jpg. If for a website/online, then holy* yes, those images could load slow for many especially if there are several on one page, even if you linked to them with a small thumbnail the original will a little slow & its a waste of bandwith.

Really the only time you need 100% quality is when your going to work on the photo later, or print it out. If you want a high quality image, a 1280 x 720 .png(compression 9) would be a nice trade off

file size vs quality

For the scale reason mentioned in ofnuts' post, also bad practice. If you have them that size for printing, then maybe its ok, go for quality/clearness then.
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Jul 23, 2013, 00:38
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RE: Would this be a bad habit that needs to be broken? (how I make my images)
(Jul 23, 2013 00:11)iForStyle007 Wrote:  It depends on where you use your final .jpg. If for a website/online, then holy* yes, those images could load slow for many especially if there are several on one page, even if you linked to them with a small thumbnail the original will a little slow & its a waste of bandwith.

Really the only time you need 100% quality is when your going to work on the photo later, or print it out. If you want a high quality image, a 1280 x 720 .png(compression 9) would be a nice trade off

file size vs quality

For the scale reason mentioned in ofnuts' post, also bad practice. If you have them that size for printing, then maybe its ok, go for quality/clearness then.

I usually print them on 8.5x11 full page paper & photo paper... what is recommended for that??
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Jul 23, 2013, 19:02
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RE: Would this be a bad habit that needs to be broken? (how I make my images)
Quote:I usually print them on 8.5x11 full page paper & photo paper... what is recommended for that??

K, bear with me, imo, there is no short explanation since you provided few info with just total resolution of your final image. The below should help fill in the rest of the details.

*FIRST OFF: what's the original sizes(resolutions W x H px ) of each of the contents, so we can come up with an average or custom sizes, some pictures may not have to be scaled.
(see below & where I talk about about "Image > Scale Image...")
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Paste the photos into your 8.5x11 document, then on each layer, go to
Layer > Scale Layer...
What are the Width & Height in px ?

-make a list of the sizes in your reply.

If some pictures are originally much wider than 612 px, then you might want to make the document landscape 11W x 8.5H

Next you can downscale the layers to below res (don't up scale too much if you have to)
A 8.5 x 11 document has a pixel resolution of 612w x 792h px

So you'll probably want to downscale your pictures to fit close to 640x480 or the above resolution.

Image > Scale Image...
- 640 width or 800 height(if original height is more than 800)
- page is 792 px high, close to 800 *a good reference point.
- *(check on the link icon to keep proportion so it doesn't stretch the image)
- Interpolation: Sinc(Lanczos3) slower/better quality, or cubic
- Click Scale.

@your final image
2880 x 2880 is 40w x 40h inches! That may be too big for the page size.


print resolution is 250 dpi for an 8.5 x 11

So go to Image > Print image...

then change the dpi (X Y resolution) to 300 dpi
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