How To Get Your Images Looking Good On The Web

It would be ideal if every image we took could be displayed as a fine art print on somebody’s wall. These days, however, most photographs will be viewed on a screen via a website, so it is important to prepare our images for optimal viewing on the web. Unfortunately many websites, such as Facebook, further process the images we upload, compressing them and causing loss of detail and sharpness and introducing glitchy artifacts. Dedicated photography sharing websites, like 500px.com and WhyTake.net, handle our images with much more care, but the bottom line is that once we upload an image to any website other than our own, how it is processed and displayed is beyond our control. For this reason it is even more important that we do as much as we can to optimize our images before posting.

One of the most frequent questions I receive is how I get my images on the internet to look as good as they do. Various talented people, none of them me, have developed a variety of excellent techniques for preparing images for the web. Thanks to them, people like us are able to feel confident that the images we share look as good as they can. Sizing, sharpening and using the correct color space are the three most important elements of prepping images for optimal web viewing. I cover this topic in some of my tutorial sets, but it comes up enough that I wanted to address it on the blog and my YouTube Channel. In the following video tutorial I cover several techniques for sizing and sharpening images for the Internet. Some of the techniques can be easily accomplished on your own in Lightroom or Photoshop. Other techniques involve very advanced, multi-stage sizing and sharpening algorithms programmed into actions, scripts or plug-ins. In the notes below the video I include links to all of the web sizing/sharpening apps I demonstrate in the video. If you have a web prep technique or app that you would like to share, please comment in the blog comments or on the YouTube page. Sharing is one way we all progress. MORE…

Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac with new editing tools

10577-2888-140924-Photoshop_Elements-lAdobe on Wednesday unveiled the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, bringing a number of enhancements to its consumer level photo and video editing software including a constantly updated tutorials portal.

Last updated in 2013, Adobe’s Elements software is known for its easy-to-use toolset, powerful features and quick task handling. With the Elements 13 suite, Photoshop and Premier get all-new editing tools and access to Elements Live, an in-app portal to in-depth tips and guidance.

AppleInsider was able to attend a software demonstration last week and came away impressed by the tweaked user interface and added selection of Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements 13, which include black and white photo manipulation that walks users through the art of “popping” color.

With Photoshop Elements’ Photomerge Compose tool, users can make seamless “mashups” by copy-and-pasting subjects into another photo. Further manipulation can be accomplished with the Refine Selection Brush and Match Color Tone tools for easy, high-quality image blending.

Other enhancements include one-click Effects Variations, Intelligent Crop Suggestions and a Video Story mode.

Premiere Elements 13 offers a number of automated tools like Favorite Moments, which assembles a movie built around the best points in a clip as marked by the user. Another tool called Video in Titles adds in video to a title screen, mimicking the latest styles used by Hollywood moviemakers.

The video-centric software also includes an enhanced Shake Stabilizer for software-based shake reduction. This new tool is particularly useful with footage coming out of so-called “action cams” like the GoPro series, which do not have effective onboard hardware stabilizers.

One of the larger feature additions to the Elements 13 package is Elements Live, an educational portal that plays host to tutorials, tips and other content coming direct from Adobe. The tool is available from within Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13.

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Is Digitally Bracketing Exposures A Good Idea?

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates available

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