12. Preparing Images for the Web

If you take digital photos, you may want to post them to a Web page or a social-networking site like MySpace or Facebook. (Elements can upload directly to Flickr and other photo-sharing sites; see Chapter 14, “Sharing Your Images,” for more information.) Whether you decide to post a snapshot of an old push mower to eBay or just want to share vacation photos with your Aunt Ruth, the considerations are much the same.

Size and speed influence most decisions regarding image preparation for the Web, and they are the central themes of this chapter. While broadband is now widely available worldwide, it’s still a good idea to optimize the size of your digital images: the smaller the image file size, the more quickly ...

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