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Image Photo Basics part 1. Cropping and resizing your images
By Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse on October 11, 2010

When working with image files it is often necessary to re-size an image. Most cameras can take pictures in very high resolutions that make it possible to get wonderful high quality prints. On the web, those huge files are simply not good. They take much too long to load and waste a lot of server space. Before you start resizing all your images or cropping them take a few minutes to consider what you want to use the image for.

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Bubbles
Oct 11, 2010 8:27 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Thanks for such helpful information. As soon as the garden goes to sleep for winter, I'm going to pull all your articles out and play with them... Looking forward to having time to experiment.
weeds
Oct 11, 2010 3:23 PM CST
Good info! Now I have a question:
When we add images to your free pictures data base

http://cubits.org/PlaypenGraphics/db/freeimages/

Do you want them re-sized to smaller or do you want
the big size so you can play with them?
Imagegardener2005
Oct 11, 2010 3:28 PM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
Great article!
ImageZanymuse
Oct 11, 2010 3:42 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Weeds, For the database big files are welcome!

Thanks Gardener2005. I thought it fits nicely in with yours.
I am just starting the next one and hope to put up a new piece every week or so over the winter. That way I can take my time with it and people can learn at their own pace.
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weeds
Oct 11, 2010 4:26 PM CST
Oh, OK, did not know that, will quit re-sizing them, what size do you prefer? I have all of mine in the original size if you ever need them to crop etc.
ImageZanymuse
Oct 11, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
The original full size is great because I can crop/ resize as needed and keep them as clear as possible. Dave generously made an exception for the database to allow the larger pictures without reductions and for the banners and such to keep their size when downloaded.
Playpen of Graphics FREE graphics, FREE Jigsaw puzzles!
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Imagechelle
Oct 11, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

Nice article Brenda! I have an annoying habit of resizing first then wondering why my cropped images no longer look so great. Rolling my eyes.

Zanymuse wrote:The original full size is great because I can crop/ resize as needed and keep them as clear as possible. Dave generously made an exception for the database to allow the larger pictures without reductions and for the banners and such to keep their size when downloaded.


This is great to know!
tropicbreeze
Oct 14, 2010 12:16 AM CST
I notice you keep your image size (for this article) around the 800 by 600 pixel size. I tend to go lower, 600 by 450. Makes it quicker to upload and quicker for viewers to down load. But on another site I still use 800 by 600.

Having a slow internet connection I understand the frustration waiting for a seeming eternity just to see a photo

On another issue, my images have a huge Cubits watermark across them. Some images it's not very noticeable, others it detracts from the photo. However, I've noticed some people only get a small copyright text at the bottom of their photo. Do you know how this works?
ImageZanymuse
Oct 14, 2010 12:30 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
The smaller watermarks are added before the images are uploaded with the cubits marking option turned off.

I usually use the lightbox option for my images in articles to avoid them being too large and hard to upload. For this article I wanted the banner to be as close to full width as possible. All images in my articles are reduced to 72pixles per inch for the final product to help reduce load times for out dial-up readers and because that is standard for web usage. Photos added through the lightbox option are automatically resized by the system.
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Imagechelle
Oct 14, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Zig,
Try this and see if it's what you'd like. Click on "Your Account" then click on "Preferences" then scroll down to the box titled "add a watermark to uploaded photos" change your choice to "Yes, add a personalized watermark with my name". See if that will work better for you.

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Like this.
ImageZanymuse
Oct 14, 2010 10:40 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Chelle! Has that option always been there? I thought you were all adding it on yourselves!
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Imagechelle
Oct 14, 2010 10:59 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yes Brenda, it's been there for a while at any rate. Here's the relevant link.
http://cubits.org/cubits/thread/view/1208/ Smiling
ImageZanymuse
Oct 14, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Thanks! I just love it when other members drop in and help out so I can learn from you. Thumbs up Lovey dubby Thumbs up
Playpen of Graphics FREE graphics, FREE Jigsaw puzzles!
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Imagechelle
Oct 14, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
That's what makes us all continue to grow and prosper, right? Big Grin
Helping each other is a fine thing! Hurray!
Imagegardener2005
Oct 14, 2010 11:17 AM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
Yes, that helpfulness is what keeps me looking around here on cubits.org!
ImageZanymuse
Oct 14, 2010 11:30 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Yes, this playpen is big enough for us all to learn and play in together Group hug Lovey dubby
Playpen of Graphics FREE graphics, FREE Jigsaw puzzles!
Zany's Playpen
tropicbreeze
Oct 14, 2010 3:15 PM CST
Thanks for that Chelle, I'd been looking around the upload screen, so no wonder I never found it. Have made the change so will see how it looks next time I upload some photos. Thanks again. By the way, that's a very nice sharp photo.
Imagechelle
Oct 14, 2010 6:54 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
You're welcome - and thank you! Smiling
ImageKatg
Oct 15, 2010 1:40 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Brenda...These articles are really great! Love the Playpen! Thanks so much.
ImageZanymuse
Oct 15, 2010 4:12 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Group hug Katthy! I appreciate that and you!
Playpen of Graphics FREE graphics, FREE Jigsaw puzzles!
Zany's Playpen

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