Archive for December 2008

Cropping and Optimizing With Irfanview

December 24, 2008

Today we have a tutorial on cropping and optimizing an image using Irfanview. First of all open your copy of Irfanview.  Go to Start > All Programs > Irfanview. Then open any photo you have that you want to crop. I am going to crop this picture of one of my cats.

Cat image selected

Cat image selected

Place your pointer in the general area that you want to crop your image to. Left click, hold and draw your mouse out to an angle. A box will form around your image. As in the image above. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Release the mouse button.

Place your curser over one side of the box. It will turn into a double arrow. Now you can click on the line and drag it to where you want the image cropped. Do this on all sides if necessary. When you are satisfied with your selection click on: Edit > Crop selection.

 Cat image cropped

Cat image cropped

Congratulations! You now have a perfectly cropped image.

Cropped image of cat

Cropped image of cat

Next we are going to optimize the image so you can use it on your website or sent it to a friend in an email.

 

With your image still open, click on: File > Save for web. A dialog box opens with an image on both sides of the screen.

Image optimize box

Image optimize box

The image on the left is the original image. On the right side is the optimized version. This dialog box give us file choices to save our image as and quality setting for the image. Since we are working with a photo, a Jpeg or Png is a good choice. A Gif file works best with an image such as a logo.

We will save ours as a Jpeg with 75% for the quality. This can be adjusted up or down to suit the quality and file size of the image. Below the optimized side you can see the current file size as opposed to the original file size.

Finally click on Save as to save your optimized image. In the next dialog box remember to change the Save as type to Jpeg if necessary.

Optimized cat image

Optimized cat image

Now you are ready to use your optimized image on the web. Your customers and friends will be happy with your faster loading images.

Till next time

 

Tip: When using graphics on the web make sure to optimize them to under 60k.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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http://www.ultimategraphicsgiveaway.com/

 

http://christmas08.ultimateplrgiveaway.com

 

http://www.new-year-gifts.com

 

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3D Chalk Artist

December 14, 2008

For those of you who like 3D art Julian Beever (Belgium) can give you an eye full. He is often refered to as “Pavement Picasso”. Julian has been doing his artwork for 10 years all over the world. His pavement drawings are by far the best. He has drawn works from the old masters, famous people, and 3D illusions. Julian is also noted for his fine art paintings and wall murals. 

Below is the link to his website. Go ahead and check it out. You will be amazed at the detail he puts into his sidewalk drawings.

http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm

Coffee as an Unusual Art Medium

December 6, 2008

I came across this unusual use of coffee and thought you might find it as interesting as I did. It is similar to watercolor painting but it has its own quirks. The artists, Andy and Angel have been doing coffee paintings for several years. Andy and Angel have over 100 original paintings. The pair have also been featured in various magazines, websites, and TV shows. Grab a cup of coffee and check out their work. special-edition-poster1

Coffee Art

Coffee Art