January 14, 2013 at 1:41 am #19354
All the images I have imported into Galleries on my site, using Flashlight theme, are fuzzy. They look almost like they were out of focus at the time I captured the image, which is not the case.
This leads me to ask if when an image in uploaded into a Flashlight gallery (using Image Gallery), if the theme down samples/deres’ the image?
I’ve spent hours experimenting with different exporting settings from Lightroom 4. When I export an image as JPEG, 60% quality, 360 ppi, and 2,000 pixels on the long side of the image, the image appears great when opened independently (e.g. in Preview). But, once I upload it into the Flashlight theme, the image appears soft; edges are not clearly defined.
Take a look at the 5th image at: http://jeffhenry.me/galleries/new-zealand/
The same image, uploaded from the same exact file is also at: http://jeffhenry.me/galleries/muriwai-test/
The non-gallery image is significantly sharper and looks better. Why are the images in Galleries not the same quality? For a portfolio theme, one where people are going to show off photography and other art, this seems to be a step in the wrong direction?
BTW, if I choose to display a Flexible Grid Gallery, and then click on a single image, the quality is much better. However, that’s not how I want visitors to my site to view the images.
Thanks for your help.
JeffJanuary 14, 2013 at 8:17 am #103384
yes – Flashlight will create thumbnails of all images. You can try to “deactivate” this behavior with: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-image-sizes/
Download & Install the plugin and go to Settings > Media. You’ll notice that you can edit all existing thumbnail sizes on this option page and one of the thumbnail sizes is called: “fullsize” – it defines images with 1500px x 1500px. Set the values to very height px values like 9999px x 9999px and WP will not resize them anymore. You can also change the other thumbnail sizes but you maybe need to regenerate the images with: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/regenerate-thumbnails/
You can also try to change the image quality of the thumbnails by using a code snippet from here: http://www.nuwomb.com/how-to-improve-image-quality-on-your-wordpress-website/
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