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Using Photoshop to create web-ready images

November 8th, 2010 No comments

1. Making changes to an existing File

 

Opening the file
Click on File > Open and pick your file from your computer

Once the file is open select Image > Mode > RGB Colour

Click on Image > Image Size and make sure the resolution is 72 pixels per inch

 

2. Starting a File from Scratch

Click on File > New
Make sure Color Mode is RGB Color and 8 Bit
Make sure resolution is 72 pixels per inch

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Resizing Images

To resize images click on Image > Image Size and make the appropriate changes in size. Usually Photoshop keeps the proportion standard. So you might not be able to resize a 1000 px by 200px image to 500 px x 150 px. Photoshop does allow you to do it but then the image will be all stretched.

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Saving the Image

After you have made the appropriate changes, you can then save the image. To save the image, click on

File > Save for Web and Devices

Make sure the image type is JPEG. Adjust the quality between 50 and 70 to get the best results

Click on save and save it to your local folders

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Current Online Projects

October 27th, 2010 No comments

DzineClub is a fairly new business so not everyone knows what we do and what we are currently working on. Everyone that we have been talking to is asking what Projects DzineClub is working on currently. So I thought we would put up a list of our projects so that you know what we are working on, our expertise and if you have a similar project in mind.

Home Builders Website – Zuccala Homes

We are currently finalising Zuccala Homes website which is a CMS driven home builder website. The website has a good mix of jquery, flash and social media components. Here is a list of what we are doing with them

  • Custom CMS Implementation
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Web Analytics
  • Email Marketing

Recruitment Website – Melbourne

We are currently building a recruitment website for a Recruitment company in Melbourne. The CMS will allow the client to post jobs and use custom advanced pages

  • Custom CMS Implementation
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Web Analytics
  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy

A high profile rapper from California

We are currently doing the whole digital strategy for a rapper in California who is about to launch his debut album.

  • Website Development
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Email Marketing
  • Selling Songs and Ringtones
  • Merchandise store

Hopefully this gives a basic idea of the projects that we are capable of running. Feel free to reach out on info@dzineclub.com for any questions.

Resizing Images using Windows Live Photo Gallery

March 7th, 2010 No comments

One of the biggest hurdles we have at DzineClub when it comes to giving clients more access is them not being able to resize images. Usually clients will take photographs using a digital Camera and transfer them to their computer. Usually these images are much larger in dimensions than what is required on the website. So they need to be resized or chopped into a more manageable size. For a long time now this has been a bit of an issue and one of the main causes that a website owner has to use a Developer or a Designer to do odd stuff on their website.

You cannot put the images taken from a camera straight on to a website. Here are some ways how you can resize that image. Depending on what software you have, you can use the appropriate software.

Installing Windows Live Photo Gallery

First you need to have Windows Live Photo Gallery installed on your system. If you do not, please head to http://download.live.com and click on the Download Button. This will start the Windows Live Setup where you can pick Windows Live Photo Gallery to be installed.

Importing Images to Windows Live Photo Gallery

You can import your photos to Windows Live Photo Gallery via two methods.

1. Transfer your photos to your computer using method that you already do. Open up Windows Live Photo Gallery. Click on File > Include a folder in the gallery. Pick the folder where your images are.

2. Start Windows Live Photo Gallery. Click on File> Import from a Camera or Scanner. Select the camera or scanner.

Using Windows Live Photo Gallery to resize images

  • Select all the images that you would like to resize. You can use Shift+Click, Ctrl+Click or drag your mouse around a selection to select multiple sizes.
  • Right Click on any of the photos (while they are selected) and select Resize
  • You will be then given an option to resize (there will be already set presets on the drop down. Usually here you might want to select custom from drop down and put in a dimension.
  • Click on browse to select a folder where you want the resized images to come. Please ensure that you pick a new folder and not the folder where the images are already.
  • Click on resize and save.

This will save the resized images on a specified folder. You can now use these images on your projects or to update your website.

For all you Google Fans, Next time we’ll talk about how you can resize your images using Google Picasa 🙂

CMS (Content Management Systems) for Small and Medium Websites

February 14th, 2010 No comments

What is a CMS?

A  CMS is a content Management System. A CMS allows you to manage your digital content. In terms of websites, a CMS will allow you to manage all your pages, images and documents that form part of your website.

Small And Medium Websites

Small and Medium websites are usually built using static pages. The pages use HTML, Javascript, Flash files etc. The pages are stored on a web server. Usually making changes to HTML requires special knowledge and/or software. A Client is usually not able to go and make a quick change to a spelling mistake, image or add a new product or service easily. Usually the process is to ask your web-developer to make the change and this can be very time consuming and at some cases expensive.

The low-cost solution – A Content Managed Solution

The low-cost solution is to plug in a content management solution on to your site. In a CMS system, you will be able to log in yourself and make changes as you would do to a Word Document. The CMS also allows you to store all your images as assets, so that you can re-use them over time and also allows you to index all your documents, so that you can drop them into the website whenever you please.

This way, you will be able to efficiently cut down on turn around times and costs and make changes to your site quickly.

What features should a decent Content Managed Solution Have?

Depending on your needs and your budget here are some basic functionality any CMS systems should provide

What you Need

  • Change Text on your page, add new text and delete existing text on a page
  • Change images on your page, add new images and delete existing images

What you should want based on your needs

  • Store all your images in a library so that you can pick and drop them in as you choose. This means that you don’t have to upload your images to the site everytime you want to change them
  • Store all your documents (PDFs) in a library, so that your brochures, product whitepapers can be dropped into the website as you please without having a local copy
  • Allow you to make changes to the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) content of your page so that you can get better visibility on Google
  • Allow you to add new pages to your site, these new pages already have your branding and a link is automatically created for you
  • Search Functionality so that users can now search for things on your site
  • A Backup functionality so that if you mess something up, you can revert back to the original

The power in your hands and advantages

  • You can now update your pages quickly and efficiently and have more control
  • You keep the costs of changing smaller things on site low
  • Your site is more flexible in generating new content
  • You have a library of images and documents that works as a backup and also allows you to drop content on your site quickly

With great power comes great responsibility

There are also some pitfalls on having the power in your hands. Here are some of the things you have to understand

  • Once you make a change and publish the page, it is live for everyone to see. So if you make a spelling mistake it will be on the site. So you have to make sure you have a good approval process
  • You should stick to the colours and branding of your site. Sometimes we see clients putting all sorts of colours and sizes to make the page look more appealing. This can more often than not make the site look less professional. Unless that is your branding, then it’s fine.

The DzineClub Content Management System:

We also provide varying levels of CMS and customisations to our clients. Drop us a line if you are interested.

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