Images: The Problem With Sizing

 

Three different Deadpool #1 issues

One of the things I do every week in writing Pipeline is to prepare all the images for it.  It’s a much more complicated process than it needs to be.  I scan it in one program (Image Capture), color correct and crop in another (Acorn), and shrink it in a third (Image Well).  (Seriously, that third program chops the file size down by a bunch.  I’m not sure why or how, but it does, so I always use it.)

I have a 27″ iMac.  My screen is huge.  And the middle layer in there — it’s Acorn — shows the image at 25% or so when it first loads.  I have no idea how big that image will look on the website for someone else on a 13″ screen or a 15″ or 23″ screen.  So I always err on the side of making a bigger image and letting my faithful CBR editor do the final trimming to the standard CBR size.  (Honest: I do try to get it as close as possible to save him a step, but I feel like I fail every week.)

I worry that when I have a retina display screen, the problem will only get worse.  Very much worse.

At the same time, it’s a problem I’ll be happy to have.  Because new computer. (Did I do that right, internet?)

Still, it’s a process I need to automate or simplify somehow.  I’m just writing this to remind myself and shame myself in public.