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Postby Lord_Of_The_LEGO » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:21 pm

smcginnis wrote:I hope to get a better avatar someday (not that this one isn't great :wink:). I'm working on a viking one right now, and even though the dimensions are 120x100 pixels, the filesize is still 88kb (and that is with the lowest quality JPEG I can get, in Photoshop CS2), and I can't get the background transparent (forgot how). I'll upload it to B-shelf in the meantime, so you guys can see it.

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Edit: Here it is:
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For help on creating transparent backgrounds, check out this thread:

http://www.classic-castle.com/forum/vie ... php?t=2558

Hope this helps!
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Postby Drucifer » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:11 pm

smcginnis wrote:On Topic: I hope to get a better avatar someday (not that this one isn't great :wink:). I'm working on a viking one right now, and even though the dimensions are 120x100 pixels, the filesize is still 88kb (and that is with the lowest quality JPEG I can get, in Photoshop CS2), and I can't get the background transparent (forgot how). I'll upload it to B-shelf in the meantime, so you guys can see it.

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Edit: Here it is:
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Get rid of the EXIF data in your image and it should be about 8KB. EXIF is a type of metadata written to images (usually by digital cameras) that contains information about the image. Using smcginnis' avatar as an example, examining the EXIF data I can see that image was taken using a Canon Digital Rebel and edited with Adobe Photoshop CS 2 for Mac. EXIF stores much more information than just those two things, there's information about the shutter speed, aperture, white balance, etc. When the image is large, the size of the EXIF data versus the size of the image data is negligible, but when the image is small, the EXIF data can be much larger than image data (as in this case). I'm not sure how to do it in Photoshop, but in the GIMP when you save a JPEG file under the "Advanced Options", there's a "Save EXIF data" checkbox.
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Postby smcginnis » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:13 pm

Thanks for the help guys, I'll get working on it right away.
Drucifer wrote: Using smcginnis' avatar as an example, examining the EXIF data I can see that image was taken using a Canon Digital Rebel and edited with Adobe Photoshop CS 2 for Mac.

:shock: If you hadn't mentioned the data, I'd have thought that you were psychic! :P O' course, I did mention, if you look in the right places, that I use a Mac, a Canon, and CS2, but I didn't mention it was a Rebel (or did I :?:).

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Postby Shurtugal » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:15 pm

What's GIMP? And I can't figure out how to get rid of the EXIF stuff. I use Arcsoft Photobase 4.5, anyone else? Help?
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Postby Drucifer » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:58 pm

Shurtugal wrote:What's GIMP? And I can't figure out how to get rid of the EXIF stuff. I use Arcsoft Photobase 4.5, anyone else? Help?

GIMP = GNU Image Manipulation Program

It's a free, open source photo editing program similar to Adobe Photoshop. There's an older article discussing GIMP available in the archives.

As for how to remove EXIF data in Photobase, I'm not sure. Look around in the options when you're saving an image that's been resized. If I get a chance I'll download the trial version and see if I can find anything.
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Postby Prince Imdol » Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:13 am

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