When I post a header photo, the quality and the colors are significantly degraded. Is there any way to fix this?
The blog I need help with is embracingsababa.wordpress.com.
Thanks for reaching out, I’ll do what I can to help clear up any issues. I have a couple of questions, and maybe some explanation.
I’m not sure what your level of experience is with the web and working with web imagery, so I’ll try to touch on a few points. Typically web images are low resolution (72dpi is standard) compared to print photography (300dpi). Web images also have a quality level that is modifiable if your are exporting images from software like Photoshop. You can change the ‘quality’ of the exported image to help reduce the file size. The goal is to reduce the file size as much as possible without hindering the quality of the image (avoid artifacting and pixelation).
1. One thing to note is that the Header image in Photolia does have a slight black overlay over the image (set at 0.1 opacity). We do this to ensure that the text over the image is always readable, even if the image is light colored. I did a comparison test to see what the difference between the standalone image and the image with the overlay were, and the difference is negligible. Check out the comparison here: http://cl.ly/image/472e2D1p3h0i
2. Your image looks fairly good to me, but if you want to try to increase the quality of the image try uploading it without cropping the image when prompted to do so. That way your image will be full size instead of being cropped down to 1120×320. (this is a good thing to do especially if you use a computer with a retina screen like me!)
I hope that helps and gives you an option to try. Let me know if you have any further questions or need clarification!
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