HELP! text looking terrible

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HELP! text looking terrible

Hi All ...

The owner of Loli's judo school has approached me about designing some collages to be used for belt test promotions. I jumped at the opportunity. And I've been working on some designs. I want to get some uploaded and approved so that I can have them printed and leave them at the dojo where folks can see them before the next belt test cycle.

ANYWAY .... enough rambling and down to the problem. I don't know WHAT I'm doing wrong, but when I convert my files to .JPG and upload them, the text and surrounding backgrounds are looking terrible! I'm saving at the highest setting.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

It looks great on my screen, even as a JPG, but when I upload it I get this ....

Notice that the text on the white portion doesn't look bad, just the text on the red. I am WAY confused on this and would appreciate ANY assistance.

TIA,
GiGi

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Where are you uploading it? Maybe the uploading place is compressing it? For the printer, you really want your files to be tiff and for the web you can try png. It's the jpg compression that makes noise like that. HTH!

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I emailed this thread to my SO, who deals with this kind of thing in his field of work, and this was his response. I think says something similar to tokidokikashikoi.

" For that particular file (solid colours, no blending) I would choose gif. It’s likely that when she uploads it (to what?) the service is reducing the quality on the fly. If it’s gif, the reduction shouldn’t cause the blurring artifacts that you get with jpg. You should really only use jpg on photographs. The JPG compression scheme is geared towards blended imagery like that which exists in reality, whereas the gif format does a great job of compressing solid colours with clear boundaries between colours. "

Good luck!

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Thanks for the help guys! I tried gif and that did help the text but it made the photos on the layout look horrible (I only included the part with the text for my question).

I tried using PNG though and that worked fairly well.

This is the draft on which I am currently working:

I always print from tiff files (or psd if I'm printing from home), but I needed a visual medium for the owner of the dojo to preview.

I still don't understand why the text on the white portion didn't show the distortion like the red did. I doubled checked my anti-aliasing to be sure it was on and that wasn't a problem. And I do all kinds of text and this doesn't always happen. I'm just a bit confused. But I'm THRILLED that I can at least for now use the PNG format for my previews.

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

GiGi

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Gosh I wish I could help! I have the same problem when I turn my psd files into jpgs with my collages. The textured/solid colored backgrounds always look different.

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I'm glad you found something that works! It's looking really good Biggrin

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I think it might show up on the red more because there isn't as much contrast? It is weird! That's why people hate designing for web, you never know what you're going to get, lol.

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I agree that there's not much contrast between the text & background (of the red section), have you tried using white font instead? The black on red makes it a little "harder" to read.