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I know this isn't really related to the styles in Dreamwidth, but I don't know where to ask about this and, since most of us make graphics and use them in our layouts, I thought it would be a good place to ask for help. Please feel free to delete or ignore if irrelevant.

I noticed that when uploading graphics that are high quality (imagine, a Header that I want to use in a DW layout), the image gets reduced no matter what image hosting I use. In fact, when I preview it in my computer, it looks good, high quality and all that. But once I upload it to, say, imgur, it looks like they rescaled it a bit! Like they made it a bit bigger, I don't know why.
If I zoom out the browser, the image looks just like I saved it to my PC. But once I put the browser's zoom back to normal, it looks like they compressed the image and made it bigger too.

I don't know if this has happened to any of you, but being a designer and graphic maker, I'm a bit sad about this and I don't know what gives. Have you experienced this? I've had this with every image hosting service I tried. Am I going crazy? xD I don't do anything different and have been making graphics since 2006 so believe me I'm a bit confused about this.

Date: 2017-05-30 05:26 pm (UTC)
syntheid: [Elementary] Watson drinking tea looking contemplative (Default)
From: [personal profile] syntheid
Not sure, just kinda throwing out ideas but:

I think a lot (all?) of the free image hosting sites will perform some sort of optimizations... imgur may have changed their algorithms recently? I'm not sure why they're messing with the actual sizing, though. And if the file size of this header is very large, that could be the issue. It seems like imgur's limit is pretty big, though. https://help.imgur.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000083326-What-files-can-I-upload-

Could also be if you have a higher resolution monitor, the picture is bigger than it seems to you. I've noticed that Photoshop especially has some weird stuff going on about pixel density and tends to make pictures look smaller than they do in image preview on the same monitor. And I know when I take screencaps on retina, they end up double-sized on 1:1 ratio monitors.

Date: 2017-05-30 05:38 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (Default)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
I had a similar problem once. Mine turned out to be a browser setting that loaded images in low quality to save bandwidth.

Date: 2017-05-30 08:30 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (Default)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
If it's a browser thing, other people's graphics look low-quality too.

Date: 2017-05-30 06:53 pm (UTC)
montuos: cartoon portrait of myself (Default)
From: [personal profile] montuos
Check your settings in your hosting accounts. For instance, you'll find an "Upload images in high quality" ticky-box at https://imgur.com/account/settings.

Hosting sites used to upload images exactly as you sent them, but five-ish years ago, one by one they started defaulting to uploading and storing lower-res versions. Google at least informed us they were doing that (which is how I now know to check), but I don't think many others did.

Date: 2017-06-09 12:17 am (UTC)
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
From: [personal profile] momijizukamori
If you're still trying to sort this out, as a test, can you save your image back off one of the hosting sites where it looks weird, and then open it and your original side-by-side in the same program? That might narrow down if the site is actually altering the image, or if it's just rendering differently there.

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