Originally Posted by CyberCowboy
You are correct. They look nice printed, and they look nice at 8 megapixels, but something is happening in the compression process. I was using 40%, to get the files fairly small.
What compression levels do most folks use to post on G1?
What is considered an appropriate file size (KBs)?
Your problem is that the images are softened when you reduce their size (read: number of pixels). In order to make the images sharp again, you need to use a tool called "unsharp mask." You can play with the setting to your heart's content, but I find that the following works well for my glamour work:
radius = 0.8
amount = 80
clipping = 4
I feel certain there's a tutorial on this somewhere...but it was faster to type this than look it up.
As for compression, I usually use level 10. That gets the files to reasonable sizes, and doesn't show any visible signs of compression.
I'd recommend that you keep your web-viewable file sizes to 150 kB or less. Some portfolio systems limit you to much less. That other model spot limits you to 50kb, which can be tough.