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Good practices for images - was Re: Wallpaper Extras



Vara Prasad Pepakayala wrote:

I need to appen this section... this is my image... https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Image:Pink_for_Pink.jpg ..

This is a good looking flower, but I think you can make it better following some "good practices" (I don't venture to call them "best practices"):

- even some people disagree, I think a bit of digital alteration is useful and will improve your image (we are not uber-experts, so our photos do not come perfect from the camera). Look as a comparison to your image: https://fedoraproject.org/w/uploads/8/8c/Pink_for_Pink.jpg and my slight alteration: http://nicubunu.ro/pictures/Pink_for_Pink-nicu.jpg I adjusted color levels and curves a bit (see a couple of paragraphs about this in my portraits tutorial: http://howto.nicubunu.ro/portraits_touch-up_gimp/) and increased the sharpness (the original image had a larger resolution, you resized it and this made it a bit blurry, so sharpen to compensate for resize).

- your photo has a 1280x800 resolution, which is probably the screen size of your laptop (and is widely used on cheap-to middle priced laptops). However, a lot of other people have larger screens and for them a larger photo is more useful. You have a powerful camera, so you can produce photos with a large resolution (a wallpaper sized down looks better than one sized up). Of course it is a good thing to not leave the photo at the size produced by the camera (which is huge), but 1920x1200 looks like a good balance.

- as you probably know, JPEG uses lossy compression. However, leaving the photo at 100% quality will produce a very large file size. In my experience, you can reduce the quality to 95-97%, have a considerable smaller file size and still acceptable quality.

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