My image editing crib sheet offers all the best tips on one handy sheet, but I thought I’d share my process, my workflow, for editing a photo.
This is for the web / intranet, not print material.
- Open image in your fave software;
- Crop away any extraneous background – you want the focus of the photo to be nice and large;
- Adjust the image size, making the resolution 96ppi (Pixels Per Inch) and then adjust the dimensions of the image as needed;
- Filter / adjust the brightness and contrast so that colours seem fresh and edges seem firm;
- Adjust the hue and the saturation so that colours seem fresh and realistic;
- Sharpen the image – always sharpen images that you’ve shrunk – sharpen images last;
- ‘Save for the web’ or ‘export with preview’ and choose a medium quality jpg file-type for photos and a decent quality .png for graphics.
Never simply ‘save’ your image; always ‘save for web’ or better, ‘export with preview’ so you can choose the quality (how it looks) and the file-size of the end result.
You don’t often want web images to be 1MB / 1000KB. 100 – 300KB is more appropriate. Small file-size plus great quality / sharpness equals perfect!
Now go download my free image editing crib sheet and share it with your friends and colleagues.