Saturday, December 10, 2005

(Misc) Graphics Help



I want to make business cards and labels that feature my banner. I have it as a jpeg, but when I shrink it down small enough, it gets either fuzzy or distorted or both. Can anyone help? I need it small enough to put on the upper half of a business card, so I can put text on the bottom. I'm also trying to make labels to put on Sweetnicks Cookie Care Packages for the holidays. Suggestions? Advice? Help?!


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9 comments:

Jennifer Maiser said...

Sweetnicks - how are you shrinking down the image? In photoshop?

Sheri said...

Whenever I've had business cards or stationary made, I've used Adobe Illustrator. I'm not a graphics person really, but the vector graphics file is more suitable for shrinking and stays crisp at any size.

Sam said...

you don't want to shrink it to the actual size. You want to keep it as high res as you can then merely print it at the size you require.

paul said...

How are you recreating your banner? The actual banner is put together with HTML text and the repeating jpeg. You're not doing a screen shot are you?

Recreating the banner in a layout program will give much better results (especially with text).

If not, and you're using something like Word to place the banner as a jpeg, make sure you're constraining the proportions when resizing. Also, you are always better off resizing the file in Photoshop to the final size used on the card.

Change the resolution not the pixel size. In other words, change the resolution from 72 to 150, and leave the pixel dimension at the original size. The document or print size will decrease, but the resolution will increase.

Cate said...

OK, I don't have Photoshop. Do I need it? Clare over at Eat Stuff was kind enough to do my banner for me, and I wasn't able to get a jpeg myself, so she sent it to me. I tried taking that and shrinking it in Word (using the Avery templates for business cards), and, of course, that didn't work. Should I get Photoshop? What else could I use it for besides this? I hate to just but it for this one small thing, you know? Gotta justify my purchases. ;) In the meantime, thanks all for your help!

paul said...

Oh no, you're not going to pay 650 bucks just for this one thing. Although PhotoShop Elements for $90 bucks is well worth it if you intend to fiddle with images.

I can't remember if you were a Mac person or not, but GraphicConverter is an excellent Mac shareware alternative for this sort of thing. There's probably a PC equivalent that can do resizing. Anybody?

Cate said...

No, not a MAC person. And, you're right, definitely don't need to shell out $650 for this one small thing ... ouch.

Anonymous said...

if you want, I could help you with this. I'm good with graphics, and this doesnt sound like it would be hard at all. I do stuff like this for my friends all the time.

you can mail me at swetakhilani@hotmail.com if you'd like.

Carolyn said...

download http://www.photofiltre.com/ I absolutlely love it.