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Photoshop Techniques > Fixing Images

Fixing Images

Except for navigational elements such as buttons, most images on the Web are photos. Unfortunately, very few Web site projects have big budgets to hire a professional photographer. Most Web designers have to rely either on stock images or on photos supplied by the client, and these sometimes need some fixing and cleaning up. The good news is since most images on the Web are very small in size, fixing images is rather easy. In fact, because images usually get downsized anyway, many of the imperfections are minimized and thereby resolved. For those spots, stains, and scratches that didn’t disappear, here are some of the main techniques to improve an imperfect photo.

Eliminating Noise And Scratches

Print is much more forgiving of small imperfections (on a pixel level) than a monitor is, so one of the first steps in preparing a photo for the Web, regardless of whether it will be saved as a GIF or a JPEG, is to get rid of noise and scratches. Noise in a photo can come from the film itself or from a bad scanner, and it can impact your file size when you save as GIF ( depending on your settings) or JPEG. The less noise you have, the better compression you will achieve. Photoshop provides not one but three filters designed to reduce noise. Each one employs a slightly different approach.


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