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Unread 05-15-2017, 08:26 AM   #1
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I upload them and they look blurry.

It's driving me crazy. I put a six-shots-per-card limit on myself, to try to get the crazy under control. Six shots and pick the best one, this isn't an audition for a job as a photographer. (Not that I am a photographer by any stretch.)

But lately I've been exceeding my limit. An hour spent taking pictures of a card? This woman has lost her mind.

But if only I knew why my sharp images got all soft when I uploaded them and whether I could do anything about that or not. If I can, I want to. If I can't, I can let go of the crazy.

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They're too small. This one is only 376 wide, so that will definitely be fuzzy on upload. Larger is better, and .png > .jpg.

I do a minimum width of 650.


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Okay. I know we had this convo once before. I tried bigger and it didn't seem to help. But maybe I'll try bigger and .png. I have been saving as .jpeg.
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Made it bigger (650 wide) and .png. Is it better? It still is losing something in translation. I saved the .png with least compression. I didn't know about the interlaced/interleaved thing. I'm new to .png.
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Klimt Tag Card by Rachelrose - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers looks super crisp and clear to me!
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Thanks for checking it out! I wonder if it's my display? It just looks so much sharper in Photoshop. And I have a Mac with a retina display, so I would think it would make everything look sharp.

Yeah, high-quality problem, I know. !
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Thanks for checking it out! I wonder if it's my display? It just looks so much sharper in Photoshop. And I have a Mac with a retina display, so I would think it would make everything look sharp.

Yeah, high-quality problem, I know. !
It might be my eye sight but it looks sharp to me lol!
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It looked fine to me when I saw it earlier, Robin - and I was on my big PC screen, not just my phone But I know what you mean, sometimes I am sure mine look sharper before I upload them . I've now added a setting to my camera to take somewhat smaller pictures so that I don't have to change the size so much, I think that is helping a little. And I have always been a fan of png as a format, it's less lossy than jpg. I save with my larger dimension as 1000 pixels.
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Well, if nothing else, I've learned about png and using larger files. Good to know, I've always saved to jpeg. I thought everyone did.

It probably makes sense (to someone with more knowledge than I have) that something in Photoshop on my computer is going to look different from the same image uploaded and filtering through the internet.

Thanks, all. This has been a help.
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Rachel, your card looks great to me. Of course, this is spoken by someone who uses a printer all-in-one to scan her cards. I'm envious of you guys who take such lovely pictures to post.
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Thanks, Bugga. But don't envy me. You're the one who has the skillful attitude. You're not the one who spent two hours taking pictures of a card this morning, when the very first shot would have sufficed to give anyone who cared to look a completely reasonable idea of what the card looked like! !
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I looked at your card a bit ago and it looks just fine to me! I generally take ONE photo, do a bit of crop-and-enhance, and upload. The only time I re-take a shot is if I overlooked a wonky ribbon tail or something. Good enough is good enough, and I agree that "a completely reasonable idea of what the card looks like" is all we need to shoot for, lol.
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I think your cards are beautiful! I do feel the same about my uploads too, thinking we all do when viewing our own. I've had more luck with taking pics in natural sunlight. I recently purchased a cheap light box, but find it is a little too small to get a decent shot. I do think having the original in front of us makes any pic pale online, but wondering how some pics like on Pinterest look go good. I'm thinking they have some kind of software on Pinterest that enhances them upon upload.
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They all look great to me! Beautiful designs too, Rachael. I am looking at them on a MacBook Pro but they look fine on my husband's Windows laptop too.
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Thanks, Sue, Anne and Cathy, for looking. I think I have unreasonable expectations (which wouldn't be the first time, in general) about them looking exactly like they do in Photoshop. There is going to be a difference between something you are working on that is in a program native to your computer and something coming through the additional filter of the internet.

I feel better. And I admire you, Sue. One picture. I was doing okay with six, and then I had a fit of WHY? and drove myself crazy (again, not the first time). The whole picture taking thing is something wish I had room to set up and leave up. But I have to clear my table and move lights and get out the tripod, etc. every time.

But now I'm ranting (not the first time).

Let's leave it at: thank you, all. I feel a lot better. And I will be working with bigger files and the png format in the future. !
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