Adding images - 2
If you are using a page background colour other than white, and if you want your images to load in a smooth way over a slowing link, you can
- double click on the image in FrontPage Express to bring up the Image Properties dialog box
- make sure the General tab is selected
- click the GIF and Interlaced options in the Image Type section of the dialog box
- click OK to accept this change, the dialog box should disappear
- save the change you have made to the page
- check the appearance of your page in a Web browser
If you scan a photograph into a painting package, you should save the file in the .JPEG format. You will need to
- scan at a resolution of 72 dots per inch to reproduce the image at roughly the same size on the screen
- use 24 bit colour to preserve all the colour information in the image
- crop the image to suit your page in the painting program
- save the image as .JPEG from your painting program, choosing a level of JPEG compression which is a compromise between file size and image quality.
I used by £59.99 special flat bed A4 scanner to scan a snapshot of the door of Kenilworth church. The photograph may not be art, but it is mine, and thus copyright free for your use!
I used Microsoft Photo Editor to scan in the image, adjust the brightness and contrast, and save the image.
The steps were
- Select the image source using File | Select Scanner Source from the File menu
- Choose the correct scanner (I keep my old hand scanner connected)
- Then select File | Scan Image to bring up the scanner control panel
- Select 72 dots per inch and 'photo' scan mode, and adjust the preview area to match the 6" by 4" photo print
- Click on the Preview button
- Check the preview image in the scanner control software, and adjust brightness and size of the image roughly
- Cick the Scan button
- The scanner control dialog will disappear when the scan is complete, and you will see the final scan in the MS Photo Editor screen.
- Use the selection tool to crop the image to suit
- Copy selection to clipboard using Edit | Copy from the Edit menu
- Select Edit | Paste as New Image from the Edit menu to transfer the cropped version to a new window
- Adjust the brightness and contrast using the Image Balance control , the Image Balance dialog box looks like this
- just try the sliders to se the effect on the image, and click OK when you like the effect. You can 'undo' after clicking OK by selecting Edit | Undo Apply Map from the Edit dialog box
When you are happy with the appearance of the image, you should save the image as a .JPEG file. To do this;
- Select File | Save As.. from the File menu in the usual way
- Select JPEG Interchange Format *.JPEG file type from the Save As Type: list
- Navigate to the folder you keep your Web pages, and select a suitable file name
- Click on the More... button to reveal the JPEG compression options
- Use the slider to select a percentage of roughly 30 to 70%
- Click OK to accept your choice.