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[quote]1. The Photographs: make sure the clearest image is the thumbnail seen in the gallery and also post high resolution images to Flickr with a link back to your page.[/quote]

Could the jpg settings on the site be made less "aggressive" as this severely seems to reduce image quality. If I upload a high quality 960x690 image, it get scaled and re-compressed and artifacts appear.. If I upload lower resolution images, same problem, but worse.
Is there a imge or file size which will not be resized/re-encoded ? As this is never a good thing with jpg.
#1 Stijn van der Linden (Homepage) on 2010-06-30 09:32 (Reply)
My testing shows that a 1600X1000 resolution will not produce artifacts...
lesser then that and its cropped badly.
#1.1 Dizingof on 2010-06-30 10:04 (Reply)
Ok, thanks for the work-around ! (Duh, should have figured that one out myself ;-))

Any official (new) word on what the best upload resolution is ?
The Faq still says : "Please upload photographs in the format: 450x324 or 700x519. If you do this then they will look better on the page...."

Is this still applicable?
#1.1.1 Stijn on 2010-06-30 10:25 (Reply)
Hi Stijn, thanks Dizingof,

I will mention this to the graphic designer and see what he recommends..

# Duann on 2010-06-30 11:22 (Reply)
Hi all,

The most important is that you use images with a 3:4 ratio (landscape).

This way you don't get borders/whitespace on any side in the gallery thumbnail. I use photo's with resolution 640x480, landscape that is. This way the zoom on model detail page isn't too big but big enough too see possible details.

Did this help? You can always mail me or send me a PM
#2 ArnoudV (Homepage) on 2010-06-30 13:20 (Reply)
I tried 1600x1200 and the 640x480.
Neither seem to produce better results compared to the 960x690.
All images zoom to 640xY
See my tests with : (use homepage link below)
Anyway, all uploaded files seem to be re-compressed poorly, even if small in filesize.
I tried using super sharp pictures, all sorts of smoothed and filtered versions, but all suffer from the radical jpg recompression on the site. Especially pictures with the summer magenta.

Oh, and please update the FAQ if things change or should be different :-)
#2.1 Stijn van der Linden (Homepage) on 2010-06-30 13:30 (Reply)
Hi Stijn,

Can you send me an email with a picture (full size) with the photo you have problems with (the magenta for example). Then I can take a look if I encounter the same problems.

Pictures do get decompressed but I haven't experienced problems with that. Yesterday I uploaded this one:

I can hardly find differences with the original picture.

If you could send your picture to I can check what the problem is and solve it.

#2.1.1 Arnoud van der Velden on 2010-07-01 07:51 (Reply)

Might be a moot point but... Why not remove the 'Beta' label on the shops/url? You might still need to polish it up but at least it won't have a scratch...


#3 Luis Commins on 2010-06-30 14:13 (Reply)
Guys, will you ever turn on the support of html codes in the descriptions? Sometimes these descriptions can be quite long but useful. Therefore it's important to make them easier for the potential customer to read. I mean a pile of text looks horrible without any paragraphs and formating.... like here:

PS. Sorry, if one CAN actually edit the descriptions with codes... I just do not know how and didn't find anywhere here on the forum.. :-(
#4 Dimitri Kobzar (Homepage) on 2010-07-01 02:14 (Reply)
Hi Dimitri,

Coding can't be done in the description field. This way the pages stay consistent in style.

We are currently working on a small update for the description field. So in a short while you will be able to insert links and blank lines.

#4.1 ArnoudV (Homepage) on 2010-07-01 07:10 (Reply)

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