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11-17-2011, 12:46 AM #1
Photoshop Tutorial - Optimizing Graphics
This tutorial will show you how to get the best quality and smallest loading time for each of your sigs or avatars.
As a general rule, .jpgs are best for photos or any graphics that have soft gradients or drop-shadows.
The .gif format is used for animated sigs and it is best for images that have text or solid colors or that require transparent backgrounds.
You access Save for Web from the top menu's File dropdown list:
In the Save for Web window that opens, click the Optimized tab at the upper left.
In the right column you will see the file format choices.
Below shows options for saving as a .jpg.
Press the arrow next to Quality and move the slider to adjust the quality of your image - the higher the number, the better the quality.
In the lower left of the window you will see a display of the kilobyte size and estimated download time for the image as you adjust the slider:
below shows options for saving as a .gif.
Adjusting the number in the Colors field (32 colors pictured here) to heighten or diminish the quality of your .gif image.
As you adjust the number of colors to decide what is the best choice, the lower left will display the kilobyte size: