1076 – Ribbon In The Sky

I’m learning. We all do, and that pretty much all of the time, but I am learning about image resizing now.

For my new site I need downscaled versions of my images. I think I’ll provide the same sizes as SmugMug does. Using my image database IMatch, I have copied all my JPEG files tagged “Submissions.SmugMug” to a new directory. From there I want to batch-resize them into directories 0150×0150, 0400×0400, 0600×0600, 0800×0800 and 1024×1024. The obvious choice for that job is Photoshop’s Image Processor. At least that’s what I thought.

I had already done all those conversions for all sizes, but when I compared my results to the images on SmugMug, they were pretty poor. Well, you can say all sorts of things about SmugMug’s current stability, but one thing is for sure: they damn well know how to resize images. I tried for more than an hour to get similar results in Photoshop, I tried to vary the JPEG quality, I tried to apply different levels of sharpening, all in vain. SmugMug’s images still looked better. Not by much, but it was noticeable.

Finally I had the idea to try IrfanView, my favorite image viewer. And really, not only does it have a batch facility that can resize (and a hundred things more), not only that the quality matches that of SmugMug’s versions, no, it is also much, much faster than Photoshop, uses less resources and does not block the computer while it runs. In fact I am converting 2164 images to a bounding box of 600×600 pixels right now, in the background and while I write this blog entry. OK, one problem solved 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Ribbon In The Sky” by Stevie Wonder. I have it on the collection “Original Musiquarium I”. For whatever reasons it was never followed by a number two. Hear it on YouTube.

7 thoughts on “1076 – Ribbon In The Sky”

  1. In just a few minutes I will start the upload of the images. It will run over the weekend from here in Vienna.

    Then I've to select a display option for the big sizes, decide upon a URL schema that leaves me the flexibility to change the internal workings later, export the blog, change links programmatically, import into a test blog, see if it works, post a maintenance message on the real blog, delete all other posts on the real blog and import the changed export file.

    Then I can create a minimal facade for manessinger.com, in the beginning without galleries, take the name photography.andreas-manessinger.info away from SmugMug and let it point to the same static IP as manessinger.com, let everything settle for a day, and finally I can tear down the SmugMug site.

    Should be possible over the weekend 🙂

  2. I will hold my breath over the weekend, then. Good luck! Even if it appears you have everything in control and doesn't need it, some luck for the road can't be a bad thing. 🙂

  3. Andreas, if you change to a wordpress blog, the import from blogger will change all your labels into categories instead of tags. If you are interested I can send you a sql statement to correct this on the database level.

  4. Thanks. No, I have no desire to leave Blogger. The functionality is enough for what I need (one more case of "good enough"), and how could I complain about Google's stability 😕

    Thanks anyway.

  5. Yes, having not to care for anything is great (do they backup? I guess, but…) and stability is more than good enough. Flexibility is not so much a strong point, but for a blogging purposes again good enough. And the not completely easy feelings I have with google regarding their omnipresence and the reunification of personal traces left everywhere on the web is probably only a very personal thing.

    So I am looking forward to your new website.

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