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Mike Carpenter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2004


Why do I lose the clarity in my photos when I upload them onto the site. They are very crisp and clear when I look at them on my computer then when I put them on the site the almost look blurry? What can I do to make them clear .

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11/4/2004 11:04:34 PM

Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/20/2002
  What resolution are your pictures you are viewing prior to uploading to website? Changing to 72ppi and changing the image size to fit the 750x500 pixel size for the web site causes loss of info and detail. After resizing, try doing one pass of unsharp mask to help sharpen the image.
Another issue could be if you are using AOL and are receiving compressed graphics.

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11/5/2004 12:13:29 AM

Mike Carpenter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2004
  My ppi is 180 and I don't use AOL. I save all my files in TIFF. I see some pics on the site that are crystal clear and I don't understand why their pics stay that clear. Thank you for the help.

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11/5/2004 7:06:35 AM

Heather K. McFarland
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2001
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  I agree that sometimes after uploading images to this site they are not as sharp as the same exact image uploaded to a different website. I resize all of my contest images at 72dpi, 480pixels on the short side. Then sharpen as a last step. They will look great on my own website, on other contest sites, but very soft here.

I have been frustrated with this happening here for some time as I feel it compromises some contest entries. I would love to hear something back from the site on this issue!!

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11/7/2004 2:48:52 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  No difference to me between 480 or 500.
Sharpening works for something to be uploaded. Don't get any difference if it's done before resizing, but make the level of sharpening different if it's done after resizing.
If before resizing, try somewhere around 260-300%, 1.7-2 pixel diameter,4-6 threshold as a starting point.
After resizing, 160-180%, 1-1.4 pixel diameter, threshold 2-4.
A picture that dosen't need any sharpening, can need some if it's uploaded. Maybe some sites have something that maintains or adds it during uploading.

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11/7/2004 3:18:54 PM

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