Optimizing an image in Photoshop
that we've created our logo, we want to optimize it for the Internet.
- Before we optimize our logo we need to create a slice--the part of the
whole page that will go up to the Internet. Photoshop gives you the ability
to create an entire web page and then slice it apart and through the use
of tables, put the page back together in Dreamweaver.
For this tutorial, we will select the area we want to slice.
the slice tool and click and drag over the shape of the logo. If you want
to edit the size of the area selected, go back to the slice tool and click
and hold the button. The "slice select" tool pops up (it has an
arrow at the top of the knife).
Once the Slice Select tool is active, handbars appear on the slice over
the logo and you can now scale or move the slice.
- Click on File>Save for Web. The optimization palette will open. If
it isn't already active, select the 4-up tab. If the panel on the right
side of the window says "No slices selected" use the "slice
select" tool to activatve the slice containing the logo.
- Using the 4 windows, choose different optimization choices in the right
side of the window. Your goal is to find the image that looks the best and
has the smallest file size.
For our logo, I decided the best image was a .jpg High quality. The file
size is 3.763 and will take approximately 2 seconds to load on a 28.8 modem.
Since this image is my company logo, this is a case where quality is slightly
more imporant than file size.
I will be more concerned with file size rather than image quality in the
next lesson, creating rollover buttons.
Creating rollover buttons
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20 November, 2003