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Chapter 18. Optimization > Optimize in Photoshop or ImageReady?

Optimize in Photoshop or ImageReady?

In general, Photoshop is fine if all you want to do is slice and optimize a few images, but you'll need to optimize in ImageReady if you're working with rollovers or animation. The optimization features are almost identical between the two, but you'll find that they present the information differently. Let's take a tour and see what kind of options we have for optimizing our images.

To optimize an image in Photoshop, choose File > Save For Web. This will bring up a huge dialog box that will pretty much take over your screen (Figure 18.3). At the top, you can choose to view the original, the optimized version, or a combination of both. At the bottom of the image window, you'll find information about how small the file size has become and how long the image should take to download. To tell Photoshop what type of connection to think about when calculating file size, click on the small arrow in the upper right of the preview image window (Figure 18.4).


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