Creating Web Images Using Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is part of the Adobe Creative Suite (note: not included in all versions). Photoshop is the industry standard for editing photographs for print, but it can also be used to produce images for the web. (Note: If you have access to Adobe Fireworks, this is the preferred application for web image production.)

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Photoshop Basics: Make an Image Ready for the Web

Follow the process of optimizing a large photo for web use and exporting it from start to finish.

Topics covered:
0:00 - intro
0:25 - how to view the current image dimensions
0:44 - about image resolution/dpi (web images should be 72 dpi)
1:27 - magnification settings inside the Photoshop application
1:57 - changing the image size/dimensions
2:05 - pixel dimensions vs. document size in inches (use pixels only!)
2:37 - tip: change the image resolution first
3:36 - recommended general image size is 375 px x 250 px
4:40 - about Save/Save As (only use for originals, not web images)
5:30 - using Save for Web
5:45 - keeping file sizes low (try to keep under 100k for most images)
6:30 - changing image quality settings
7:40 - make sure sRGB mode is checked
7:50 - choosing a file name (keep original name if possible)
8:10 - if you do rename file, no spaces or periods (use dashes to separate)

Cropping & Resizing Images with Photoshop

Learn how to take a large photo, crop out what you don't want and then resize for web use in 3 easy steps.

Topics covered:
0:00 - intro
0:18 - viewing image dimension and resolution info
0:28 - example setup
0:52 - selecting cropping area with the marquee tool
1:36 - use Image > Crop to crop photo
1:48 - why resolution still needs to be adjusted (72 dpi for web)
2:18 - using Image > Image Size to change resolution and image dimensions
2:52 - change the smallest dimension to needed size
3:54 - changing magnification view within Photoshop
4:20 - crop away extra pixels using Image > Canvas Size
4:36 - Image Size (resizes) vs Canvas Size (crops)
4:48 - make sure units are set to pixels and select final image dimensions
5:24 - image is ready for the web
5:35 - tip: using the Canvas Size anchor grid to choose which side is cropped


Photoshop Image Adjustment Controls

Learn how to adjust the appearance of your image.

Topics covered:
0:00 - intro
0:45 - having History panel open helpful for easy undo
1:11 - color adjustment panel shortcut icons
1:35 - try using Auto Tone/Contrast/Color adjustments first
2:07 - using History to go back a step
2:45 - adjusting Brightness/Contrast
3:45 - adjusting Color Balance
4:30 - adjusting Saturation/Lightness (avoid Hue)
5:22 - using the Sharpen filter to enhance details
6:38 - when not to use Sharpen (people's faces - enhances wrinkles)