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Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
 

Is it time for BP to consider...


...doing some R&D on their upload/compression programs for the website. Nothing against BP I love the site to death, but I'm wondering if it's the white border they put around the pics? Maybe if we alleviated this technique and just left the photos on their own w/o a border if the images wouldn't go as soft. The headshot in my gallery, I just redid my PP on the image and made it EXTREMELY sharp hoping it would look good on BP. I resized in increments of 10 using Bicubic Sharper. In the end I merged all visible layers and performed a High Pass sharpen on the image. The hair was razor sharp and now I uploaded, it's extremely soft but sharp on other sites. Just curious that's all, anybody else?


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3/2/2006 1:25:11 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  you are correct Justin, all my shots are super sharp, but here they look soft and grainy


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3/2/2006 1:29:05 PM

 
Pat Wimpee   Hey Justin, I looked at your picture and I think the hair looks pretty sharp. Not sure what your original looks like tho. I read somewhere that dialup looks different than dsl on a monitor. Don't know if that's true. What are you using?


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3/2/2006 3:29:10 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I have cable at home and T3 at work. I'm not sure how this could be a problem. If you guys look over at www.photosig.com and look at their galleries, there are some amazingly sharp shots. That site just blows me away with the image quality.


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3/2/2006 4:21:17 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  I had this problem for weeks after joining BP. No one seemed able to tell me what was wrong then one fine day a member told me to resize my images at 480 pixels on the short side because of the border. I've been doing this since and haven't had anymore problems. Previously I resized at 500 pixels on the short side. Today my entry looks soft. I prepared it many moons ago for the contest and forgot to resize it before entering.


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3/2/2006 5:00:33 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  Yes, Sharon

Those pictures in your gallery are super sharp and awesome. For a second there I thought I had a new moniter


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3/2/2006 5:04:02 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Sharon,

Are you saying that I should resize to exactly 480px? How did you do your recent squirrel pic? I like the sharpness in that. That photo is more what I'm looking for. I guess I should resize at 480px instead of the "less than 500" rule. Whatcha think?


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3/2/2006 5:06:47 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  hey Sharon your right on!
The picture of my bride at "480 pixels sharper?" is almost how I see it in PS

You're the bomb


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3/2/2006 5:43:42 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  Worked on bride 2 also, thank for the tip. Maybe you should add that to the 10th anniversary tip list


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3/2/2006 5:56:20 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  DANG Craig the difference is crazy! lol. First thing I'm doing when I get home is resizing all mine. Alright don't critique my pics yet until I resize them!


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3/2/2006 6:14:36 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  Thats the spirit Justin! Yaahooo


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3/2/2006 6:19:13 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  Thanks for that tip, Sharon...I'd never heard that one before but it makes sense!


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3/3/2006 2:05:06 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Glad I could help! It took me long enough to find someone who had the answer. I don't know why 480 is the magic number but it works :)!

Justin, the squirrel pic was sized at 480 too. I resize all my images for BP to 480, no exceptions. HTH!


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3/3/2006 8:41:02 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Sharon, you rule.

I was convinced that it didn't matter if you resized your images or not with the new uploader. I had tried several tests uploading full-size images and resized images, and never could see any real difference in sharpness.

Then I tried your trick. The image in my gallery, "Mardi Gras Princess" was uploaded as a full-size image. "Mardi Gras Princess Small" was reduced to 480 pixels first. Obviously, on my monitor, the full-size image looked noticeably sharper before uploading. But comparing the two images in my gallery, the "small" one looks sharper. I opened a window with each image and looked at them side by side. (I love big monitors)

I can see a difference in her hair, eyelashes, and the sticker on her cheek.

I was about to upload a whole pile of new images, but now I'll resize them correctly first.

Thanks for the tip Sharon!

Chris


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3/4/2006 12:08:51 AM

 
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