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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: sig images Reply with quote

Limit size of signature pictures to 500px wide, 150px high.

Resize help found here:
http://www.bmwpugetsound.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=29043

Here is a good example of a sig image:



Some tools available to resize images:
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Resizing and other simple stuff: Irfanview.


More complicated stuff: The GIMP.

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OR if you want to REALLY make it easy...use the "Image Resizer" tool from the XP Powertoys collection (that is, if you have Windows XP). Get it from here.

After you've installed this simple program, all you have to do is right click on the image file and choose "Resize Pictures" and it'll ask you what size you'd like. Most tend to go with 800x600. You can even do multiple images at the same time too. Only caveat with this program is that it adds "(Small)," "(Medium)," or "(Large)" to the file names. I just rename those.
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When resizing images, there are some techniques to keep in mind. You can scale the image, crop the image, or both. Scaling the image loses detail, while cropping the image loses image area.

The best results usually come from first cropping the image so that only the bits you actually think are necessary are left, THEN scaling the cropped image down to the size you want it to be. Because you have cropped it first, you don't have to scale it as much, thus leaving more detail. This technique is especially important in making "thumbnail" images, in which it is better to recognizibly show part of the full picture than it is to show a very tiny blob that supposedly shows all of the full picture.

Furthermore, when scaling you probably want to retain the aspect ratio of the original, unless you intentionally want it to be distorted. And you always want to scale down rather than up, because it is easier to throw away some of the pixels than to interpolate new ones.

Finally, if you plan to do any image manipulation, it is usually best to do that before you do any cropping or scaling. The exception is adding text to the image, which is best done on top of the final image so the text does not get cropped or scaled.
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