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16  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Web/email size copies on: September 04, 2012, 02:16:07 PM
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In other words, you can file tune one size, and the other side will take care of itself depending on aspect ratio.

Yep.  That's what I like, even when I'm simply choosing from the pre-set sizes in the drop-down box.  Easy-peasey.  Downsizing in other programs (like in the example Jeff posted) is like jumping through hoops.
17  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Web/email size copies on: September 04, 2012, 03:46:06 AM
Good one, Fred, thank you!  I had indeed overlooked this technique, and I'll certainly be able to make use of it in the future.

If my thinking is correct--and I'm basing my thinking on your example--your method DOUBLES the choices in the QI menu when downsizing images...or allows some "fine tuning" of the downsized image dimensions, so to speak.

This is not something to which I've given a great deal of thought.  But I do remember many times making email/web size copies when I just had the vague feeling that I ought to have more choices than were in the drop-down menu.  I was right!  I DO have more choices.

18  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Web/email size copies on: September 03, 2012, 02:57:10 PM
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This is very important to quality: Quality setting should be 90+ if you are looking for quality. It is the amount of compression vs file size.

Yep.  I just remembered that a couple of times when I was in a hurry, I downsized without bumping up the quality settings.  Makes a difference, no doubt.
19  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Web/email size copies on: September 03, 2012, 02:39:02 PM
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what happens if recipient resizes it down again to 800 x 600 and re saves?
Quality will be lost, not so much from downsizing again but by the fact of re-saving a jpeg. I don't really know how noticeable this will be but 1 extra save should not be significant on such a small image.

I double-downsized an image once using Qimage.  Degradation was obvious even when viewed on-screen.  I no longer recall details like image size or quality settings.  But I went back to the original image and downsized it in one step.  Much better quality.
20  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 15, 2012, 02:05:47 PM
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Now they send their fake avatars around.

Someday there will be an app for that.  See Frederik Pohl, "Day Million."
21  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 14, 2012, 07:46:58 PM
No matter what level of automation we achieve, there will always be a place (such as a dark room) for "hands-on" craftsmanship.  Such work can be rewarding...even stimulating...providing a release from the tensions of modern life, assuming that one has the basic skills which will allow him to rise to the occasion and fulfill the demands of the craft he practices.
22  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 13, 2012, 01:28:20 PM
I was about to google LOM when "dark room" popped into my head, and at my age, every time I get an idea, something else goes flying out of my head.
23  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 13, 2012, 01:01:40 PM
Same to you for the "size buttons" comment.
24  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 13, 2012, 12:52:38 PM
As a traditionalist, I suggest that most of the tweaking of these enhancements could best be carried out under red light in the traditional dark room.
25  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 12, 2012, 01:16:40 PM
Agreed, and that's an enhancement which should be applied manually, rather than through a Photoshop action, even though it might take hours of tweaking to achieve the desired result.
26  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: No one is posting on: August 12, 2012, 12:07:08 AM
Great examples, Fred, as usual.  Your heron example makes me think that I should re-visit some of my heron photos from Florida trips a few years ago.

An oval cutout is indeed a great way to cover up distracting elements and direct the viewer's attention to the main subject.
27  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Trim lines when printing 2-up or 4-up on: January 27, 2012, 04:07:19 AM
Cute PDF does a good job for me.

Great tip on proofing a layout by printing to PDF, thanks much.
28  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Cutouts and Frames on: December 11, 2011, 04:39:05 PM
Very well-chosen edge on the skull photo, Terry.  Quite appropriate for the subject and theme.

It seems that vignettes have always been popular, even before it was possible to create them with the click of a mouse button.  In some cases, the photographer took the easy way out and matted the photo with an oval cut-out.  I've seen many vintage photos displayed this way.

And occasionally a vignette can do double-duty.  It of course helps direct the viewer's attention to the subject of the photo, but in some cases it's a handy way to get rid of some distracting details which can't be cropped out from the edge of the scene.

I will occasionally use the standard Qimage "fade to white" cutout, but I'm often a bit irked when someone says, "How did you do that?" or "That's a nice effect."  That is, the "effect" is the first thing the viewer notices.  But whenever I've picked an appropriate color from the photo to create a cutout, as in the two photos I posted, I get compliments on the photo but no comment on the "effect."  I have to point it out before anyone notices.

And that's just what I want, for obvious reasons.

Your skull photo is a perfect example.  Because of the subject of this thread, I was of course looking for a cutout--but the cutout wasn't the first thing I noticed about your photo.  It was the striking image itself which got my attention, followed by the thought, "Very appropriate edge treatment."

And that's as it should be, I think.  A special effect should enhance a photo.  It shouldn't attract more attention than the photo itself.
29  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Cutouts and Frames on: December 11, 2011, 02:21:14 PM
Very helpful, Terry, thank you.

I find myself using one of the "fade-oval" cutouts most often, and I love the ability to specify a custom color, as you have done with several of your cutouts.  Most often, I pick a tone from the photo and use it for the color of the surrounding vignette.  (Doing this is clearly explained in QU help.)  Two examples attached.

Thanks again, Terry.
30  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Three images a page and cutouts on: November 26, 2011, 09:11:28 PM
If I cut power to my HP Photosmart rather than using the printer's ON/OFF button to shut down, I get a "don't do that" warning message the next time I turn on the printer.  No reason given, just a message about always using the button on the printer to shut down.
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