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Poor Image Quality on Posts

  1. thebirdingbunch
    Member

    I have noticed that the images I load to my posts directly from the computer look grainy (If that is the right word). If you click on the image, it looks fine, Yet if I happen to have my photos stored elsewhere, such as Picasa, and insert using the link, the pictures look nicer without having to click on them.
    My latest post shows this:
    http://birdingbunch.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/sparrow-hunt/

    Is there something I can do to clear that up? Maybe I am overlooking an option.
    Thank you very much.

    The blog I need help with is birdingbunch.wordpress.com.

  2. Are you resizing the image on WordPress? Usually the quality worsens when you resize through WordPress.

    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/05/03/how-good-is-wordpress-at-resizing-and-resampling-your-images/

  3. The best practice is to downsize your images to a resolution of 72 and the pixel dimensions you want, using an image editing application, then upload and insert these versions selecting the "Full-size" option. See here too:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/image-quality/

  4. thebirdingbunch
    Member

    Thank you for your replies and links I think I now have more questions. :)

    I use GIMP for my photo editing. When I want to put something online, I crop out any excess than usually shrink it down anywhere between 400-700 pixels across depending on the image. ( I always take my pictures using the highest quality setting in case I want to print any. ) I just checked one of the images I recently edited and the settings show it is already at 72 pixels per inch. Is that the same as the resolution?

    What does it mean to resample an image?

    I do not mind if wordpress shrinks a photo to fit the theme, but I am not sure how many people would click on it to get to the one I want them to see. So how do I find out what max. size I can post the images without having WordPress resize it? I use the Rusty Grunge theme. I see the main column width is 538. Is that as large as the image will go, or is there a border and the image needs to be smaller?

    I hope my questions are making sense.

  5. Yes, your 72ppi is the resolution.

    Resampling means changing the resolution.

    Maximum image width per theme:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/maximum-image-width/

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