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From: pamelalv
Date: 05-04-2003, 09:58 PM (1 of 3)
I am trying to work on a website for my skirts. I have scanned samples of the various fabrics I will be using and then saved them to a file in my photo album on my computer. Then I have uploaded them to my geocities website. I am not pleased with the way they are appearing on the website. In fact, I have removed them all at this point. Wavy lines that appear to be part of the fabric are showing up but they aren't in the fabric at all. Could somebody who has done this before with fabrics help me? Have you had this problem? How did you correct it? If you never experienced this problem, how did you get the samples of fabric on your website. Maybe I am doing something I shouldn't or not doing something I should. I'd appreciate any help with this. I'm pleased with the site so far, except for this, and I think this is a pretty big thing!
User: pamelalv
Member since: 04-27-2003
Total posts: 4
From: wazoodle
Date: 05-07-2003, 05:06 PM (2 of 3)
There are lots of things to consider when imaging fabrics for the web. We do about 50 each and every week still get the odd fabric that is impossible!

Here are a few tips:

1) Use the tools on your computer to size the image. The images below are scans of cotton jersey. The one on the left is resized by the browser, the one on the right by a paint program.

2) Save your images in .jpg format. Use no nore than 5% compression.

3) Try to keep your images under 50K.

If you are really having trouble, email me your images and I'll get them formatted correctly.
User: wazoodle
Member since: 10-17-2002
Total posts: 29
From: weB2cats
Date: 06-17-2003, 10:55 AM (3 of 3)
It is better, I've been told to cut fabric swatches in large squares and then make them thumbnail size. This gives better clarity to the fabric color, print, detail, etc. I don't know what your approach was. I do know that I have purchased fabrics from eBay that came to me in a different colorings. Sometimes that was a pleasant surprise. Other times, I was not satisfied with the fabric. Computer resolution has varying possibilities in relaying because we are not all on the same programs and computers as each other. That's a disadvantage in transmitting imagery that can't really be perfected. But I'm sure there's a way to spruce things up. If I just had the time to figure it out...

I also am at the same point in my website as you. I make Hawaiian print items and the color is crucial. But I haven't entered the world of digital cameras, etc. and am somewhat limited in my approach.

Good luck on your endeavors. If you're stuck, go to the local tech store and get advice from the (more knowledgeable) folks there. Although books take up time, there might be a library person that's fairly knowledgeable and can direct your attention to the better sources of information. That's how I got a lot of info on computers in general.


User: weB2cats
Member since: 11-07-2002
Total posts: 232
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