Re: Graphics Problem; Blurry image...

Subject: Re: Graphics Problem; Blurry image...
From: prc -at- prc -dot- dk
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 14:44:25 +0100

Linda Dimeo Lowman asked:

> I'm working with a graphics department who have
MACs to convert a graphic from MAC to PC format
for me to put in a Word 97 document. When I look
at the graphic on their MACs and when they print
it on their lovely color printers, it's fantastic.

> When they give it to me in a .jpg, it's blurry
both on my screen and as printed. I've asked for
it in 256 colors, but when I check the colors in
Paint Shop Pro, it tells me there's over 13,000
in the first layer.

> Anyone have any idea how to bridge the MAC/PC
graphic divide? What exactly should I be asking
for from this graphic goddess?

> Any assistance would be appreciated. TIA,

The problem is the conversion to the lossy .jpg
format. If the original image is e.g. a 256
colour screenshot, it will typically expand the
palette significantly and give you a blurred
result.

I suggest you use the .gif format if you can do
with 256 colours as you indicated. .gif images
are small and they will in general print nicely
from MS Word for Windows.

For further information on the graphics formats,
see the following pages on my website:

http://www.prc.dk/user-friendly-manuals/ufm/tip-
9807.htm


Greetings from Denmark

Peter Ring
PRC (Peter Ring Consultants)
- specialists in user friendly manuals.
prc -at- prc -dot- dk
- the "User Friendly Manuals" website with links, bibliography, list
of prof. associations, and tips for technical writers:
http://www.prc.dk/user-friendly-manuals/
- special software for technical writers:
http://www.prc.dk/software/




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