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Image editing workflow

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.

  1. Open image in your fave software;
  2. Crop away any extraneous background – you want the focus of the photo to be nice and large;
  3. Adjust the image size, making the resolution 96ppi (Pixels Per Inch) and then adjust the dimensions of the image as needed;
  4. Filter / adjust the brightness and contrast so that colours seem fresh and edges seem firm;
  5. Adjust the hue and the saturation so that colours seem fresh and realistic;
  6. Sharpen the image – always sharpen images that you’ve shrunk – sharpen images last;
  7. ‘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.

[Wedge]

About Wedge

I’m Wedge, and this is my website! I’ve worked within internal communications since 2004, managing intranets and digital comms. Now I’m a freelance comms and intranet specialist - I help organisations plan and improve their intranets. I work with other agencies, and write a lot of blog and magazine articles. I founded the Intranet Now conference. You can catch up with me on Twitter - I’m @Wedge.