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How to make website thumbnails sharp?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by addy, Aug 14, 2009.

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  1. addy

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    We have a website with thumbnails that show 6 screens from our program and when you click on them you get the larger picture. What we are trying to do is make the thumbnails much sharper, so that it's not so blurry. Is there a way to scan the images, or edit the images in some software that will really sharpen them up?
    We are not image savvy here, so we are at our wits end. Any ideas?
     
  2. Noyb

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    I'm no expert .. But maybe I can get the ball rolling with some questions.

    What's the screen res your grabbing the screen shots from ??
    What format images are you working with ?? .. (I think gif is best for screen shots)
    What Image editing software do you have .. or are using ??
    Got a link so we can see what we're working with ??
    Maybe attach one of the screen shots here ??
     
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    The screen resolution is 1280X1024. I am saving it in Paint as a jpeg. I am thinking of saving it in Picajet and resizing the screen shot to 120X120. Should I try saving as a GIF? I don't have a screenshot to share as it's from a demo so can't be shown yet, but the main thing is that it is of a patient's file, so there's mainly boxes and text. There is one patient picture but it's the text that looks bad.
    Thanks again for your help.
     
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    I think Paint is very limited.
    If that's all you have .. May I suggest the freeware Irfanview ??
    You won't need the "All Plugins" for a while
     
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    I will download it right now. When I import my silly Paint image it's blurry already in 100%! I'm already losing quality.
     
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    Go Here .. For some setup tips to help you get started with Ifranview.
    This page was made with Irfanview .. If that helps ??
    You may also want to fetch the Paste shortcut at the bottom of the page.
     
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    I like it already. Still, when I paste the screenshot and resize it at all it gets blurry. I have tried 50% etc.. and I can't keep the crispness. I wonder if it's my screen itself, which of course will be a problem in the end because there's no way of controlling what monitors or video cards anyone is using when they view the website. But it does seem to me, when I view other websites the thumbnails are pretty sharp.
     
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    Why not just use a Gallery script for your website that creates the thumbnails for you automatically.

    There is also plenty of software out there to generate thumbnails.
     
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    The images I am trying to work with are Windows Print Screens that probably lose quality by virtue of being copied to the clipboard anyways. So I don't have a real digital image to work with. I am just opening the program we are making the thumbnails for, getting a screenshot and saving and resizing, I suspect that's where our weak link is.
     
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    A screen shot captures the Digital Image going TO your monitor.
    The only degradation will be after you try to save the image.
     
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    and saved as Gif. Then I tried reducing 50% and 30% but it does not stay crisp. I have used the sharpen feature a couple of times and although it's better, it doesn't look like there's text in the boxes. Do you think I'm asking too much? Or just not doing something right? Should I try saving in a different format?
     
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    Downsizing an Image will always loose sharpness ??
    I've PMed you my Email address if you want to send me a sample.
    I could try something else to see if you like it .. before you try another program.
     
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    I sent a response with the shot attached.
     
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    Stand by .. You're too fast for me :D
     
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    Send it again .. but save it as a bmp then send it.
     
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