i (sometimes) try to practice good etiquette when embedding images at a forum (resize them smaller, compress jpgs to around 100kb or so, etc…) while still keeping them looking ok…
but here, it seems as if the forum is doing another round of compression on them but not really doing too good of a job at it…
for instance, i attached a 1000x545 jpg at 78kb earlier today… the size listed once it’s embedded is 75kb… so 3kb of space has been saved but the image quality has deteriorated very noticeably… (even upon expanding it to full size)
i guess my question is- what is the best way to upload images so they still appear crisp in the forum? because as is now, it seems like it’s better to upload full size/full quality images in order to combat the site’s image algorithm(?)… but i’d rather not go that route if at all avoidable.
it gets extra muddy here. (notice around the pink lines for obvious example but to me at least, it looks bad all around… especially for 3kb savings)
[EDIT] hmm… i can’t expand that but the version showing on the site right now is 20kb which is more inline with the image quality degredation instead of the 3kb drop before… i guess you guys are working on it right now… i’ll wait til later when you say “ok… try it out now”
But, I do agree that the generated thumbnail does not look that great. We’re using image magick to generate the thumbnail, maybe there’s a setting that I could use to make the thumbnail look better, any idea?
i guess it’s subjective but if you don’t see a problem with it then, ok-- you’re the boss
another example of one i posted last night… i made it 600px wide @33KB… you can’t even see the grid lines-- each of the muddy grid lines which are visible have 5 thinner lines in between… i can see them fine via my drive but once embedded here, they’re gone.
but if i’m the only one seeing a problem, i’ll just put a discourse folder in my dropbox and link from there… no biggie.
thanks for looking into it though.
I’m not trying to be bossy here. I just meant that I computed the SHA of both images and they are identical. This means that the files are exactly the same binary-wise. If there’s no difference in the content of the files, I don’t see why there would be any difference visually.
(it’s possible that looks black if your display gamma is lower than mine… if so, brighten the image and you should see it)
fwiw, i’ve tried it on two computers-- a macPro with osx10.7.5 and a macbookPro running mavericks… tried safari and chrome on both… the same problem happens in all 4 of those scenarios…
if i do the comparison on an iPhone, the difference between the dropbox version and discourse version becomes even worse… so, if you have an iPhone, look at this thread and compare those two pictures on it… the dropbox pic remains clean and the discourse one becomes horrible. (as in- it really is horrible)
I see what you are talking about!
But not on my computer, only on the last screenshot that compared them and on the “difference” image. I am running windows 7 on a macbook pro, so the screen is the same.
And this doesn’t make sense at all to me. Why would your system choose to do so? Is NSA running all your datastreams through an optimizer?
Good luck on finding it out, there is nothing worse than having a high fidelity system that refuses to be hi-fi.
(That’s why my FirePro is still collecting dust, and I bought a quadro instead, I got so distracted by the bad AA of the FirePro)
it’s not in my system(s) though… the files are actually different after i download them (i.e.- the SHA comparison which zogstrip was talking about-- he downloads both versions and they’re the same… i do it and they’re different)…
so it seems as if i’m being fed ‘bad data’
the only thing i can guess right now is that the internet i’m on is phone tethered and sites generally give me low quality stuff when applicable (but i wouldn’t guess this is one of those scenarios but maybe? discourse does it but dropbox doesn’t?)… for example, when i watch youtube with this type of connection, it feeds me 240p unless i manually go in and change the settings… i’ll be at a cable connection a little later today so i’ll try viewing the images then.