Saving for the web with Photoshop is probably my favorite way of doing things because of some of the options you have. You’ll see what I mean…here are the steps:
- Open your photo in Photoshop.
- I always feel like this is the most obvious step, but if I don’t include it someone will comment something like “oh, you never told me to open the photo!”
- Anyway, go to the File menu and click on “Open” (or click Ctrl+O).
- Be sure your photo is 72 dpi.
- This is the step so many people skip and it may be the most important. The web won’t display any higher than 72 dpi. Chances are, if you took your picture on anything other than a camera from 1998, your photos will be much higher.
- Go to the Image menu and click “Image Size” (or Alt+Ctrl+I).
- In the Document Size section, set the Resolution to 72 (and make sure the drop down box is set to pixels/inch – not pixels/cm).
- Click “OK.”
- Save for the web.
- Click on the file menu and choose “Save For Web & Devices” (NOT “Save As”) (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S).
- At the top, I like to select the “4-up” tab, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
- On the right, choose an image type (we recommend JPEG or PNG, but GIFs are okay too).
- You’ll also need to set your file dimensions. Click on the “Image Size” tab on the right. We recommend somewhere around 450 pixels high. Leave the “constrain proportions” on and it will determine the width for you.
- Here’s where I like the 4-up panel. It originally shows you four different file types. Once you settle on a file type, click off of that tab and then back on to it and it will show you all of the same file type at different qualities. It also shows you the approximate file size (though, not always accurate) and the approximate upload time. Choose the quality you like based on these. You can just click on the image you like and it will change the settings for you.
- Save Your Image.
- Click on “Save” at the top of the screen and your normal Save Dialog Box comes up.
- Choose your save location and hit “Save” again.
That’s all there is to it! We hope this is helpful and that you are ready to go out and start uploading images!!