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MCHolly



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK...I figured out what I was doing wrong with the images. Re-uploaded them and they look soo much better.

Let me know what you think.
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enginecomic



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm liking this a lot. I trust you'll earn the 'steam punk' cred as the story progresses. I just launched a 'steampunk' comic myself (www.enginecomic.com) but the first issue is a prologue so I wonder if some will be confused/impatient too.

The last page with Tesla touching the electricity was my favorite.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your comic looks awesome! Keep up the great work. Smile
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MCHolly



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. New page up tomorrow (or late tonight depending on your time zone).

This is my first comic as well as Emi's so I'm sure there will always be things we can do better. Smile She's working on the art for the 2nd issue now.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MCHolly wrote:
OK...I figured out what I was doing wrong with the images. Re-uploaded them and they look soo much better.

Let me know what you think.


The size is good but except for the word balloons, the art is very pixelated now. I'm not sure why that's happening, but if you aren't doing something like this in your process of getting the final image ready, where you diverge from this general sequence could be the problem:

1) Add the word balloons to the high resolution artwork.
2) Duplicate the high resolution artwork image and scale that duplicate down to the final web size--and use a filtering option when doing that; "bicubic" filtering is a common one to use.

If for instance you're scaling the artwork up from a smaller size, or not using a filtering option when scaling down, that could be causing the pixelization.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno if you're still changing anything, but the latest page looks just fine to me on my bog standard 15.4" laptop screen. Though for comfortable reading, I zoomed in a couple of steps with Ctrl-plus. Even then, the quality looks OK to me.
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MCHolly



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Page up for BOSTON METAPHYSICAL!! Will Caitlin get what she wants from Samuel? http://www.bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com/id11.html

And I think the pixelation is due to the conversion in Paint. Nothing I can do about that right now as I simply do not have th esoftware or the knowledge.

I do have high res files that are ready for printing so I'm not worried about that.

But thanks for the info. I know it will be useful later.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohh Paint, yeah Paint would do that.

An image processing program like GIMP, which is free, would not.

Even a free image viewing program like IRFanView could handle the resizing smoothly.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MCHolly wrote:
And I think the pixelation is due to the conversion in Paint. Nothing I can do about that right now as I simply do not have th esoftware or the knowledge.

Wondering if you meant Paint.NET rather than Paint...? If not, click on the link and download it, it's as easy to use as Paint. Open your image file and select menu Image > Resize
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MCHolly



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the conversion in GIMP and the colors came out looking weird. I haven't tried Paint.net yet. I'll have to look into it.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh, strange. Resizing shouldn't affect the colors, unless maybe the image had been put into an indexed color mode somehow.
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MCHolly



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the deal...I got the files in high res from the colorist then had to convert to low res to post online. I did that in PAINT. I tried the conversion in GIMP, but the colors came out weird. This has nothing to do with the sizing. The sizing I fixed within the register.com web application.

If I have time, I'll try PAINT.NET in the conversion and see if that fixes the pixelation.

Thank you everyone for your advice. Smile
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Old Herb



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off, the art is superb. But yeah, the resize in does show. Even 'tho GIMP is a step up from that, I personally can't stand that program. Still, necessary evil when you've got to work on a budget.

I'm a sucker for Steampunk, personally. This comic is off to a good start. The only thing that really bugged me about this comic was...the way of speech with some characters. I don't mean spelling or the like, but there were a few instances when the characters used expressions I associate with modern times, not the age of Tesla and Co. And some odd sentences from Duncan's daughter. I understand she's Irish, but still...something about her lines was off.

Still, keep up the good work! Might even soon bookmark the page, heh.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you been touched by evil? New page up. BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY web comic http://www.bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com/id12.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will Caitlin get the job? New Page up for BOSTON METAPHYSICAL.
http://www.bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com/id13.html
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