No one would disagree that our intranets would benefit from more images, and better use of photos. Yet getting a photo from a digital camera onto the intranet can be such a chore, and the results often disappoint the page owner / editor as well as the audience.
With a few basic tweaks we can improve photos without spending a lot of time; no expertise required.
The truth is that few of us are professional photographers, few of us know which end of Photoshop to hold and few of us even have Photoshop / Fireworks and so we dump photos directly online without any editing.
Here’s a handy guide that I made for you to steal use and take credit for help your intranet contributors. I forgot to put my name on it (except in the ‘Properties’) so go, run with it!
- Image editing basics – crib sheet [PDF; 300KB] (right-click the link and choose ‘Save target’ to pop it on your desktop)
The key points are to use whatever image editing software you have (and remember, you can edit photos online these days) and tweak the quality (resolution), dimensions and shape of the photo before ‘exporting it with preview’ as a PNG or JPG file.
When you’re feeling adventurous or have a few minutes more, you can experiment with tweaking the brightness, contrast and colour saturation.
This one page crib sheet might help your people remember these few steps. Oh and if you print this crib sheet you’ll see why it’s so important to get the quality (resolution) correct for the medium – the images in this crib sheet have been formatted for the screen – they look odd (‘blocky) in print. As always, use the appropriate quality for the intended medium.
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