The Movie Database Support

So, I've been noticing that waaay too many of the images I upload onto the db has its colors/tone changed (they become washed out/duller/greyer).

Instead of getting a moderator to reupload every single one of these uploaded images and future uploaded images, it would be so much more efficient if I could just learn how to do it myself.

I've tried looking at tutorials, but a) I don't really know what I'm looking for, and b) I have little to no experience/skills in photo editing programs (and don't understand all the technical jargon). Is there someone who has an easy to understand article/tutorial (video or text) for Paint.net or Gimp or some other free photo editing program? Or someone who can just explain in their own words?

Or is this just really complicated and can't be dumbed down?

To look at some examples of what I'm talking about here is a gracious moderator reuploading some of those problem images.

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Uploading images to the Internet and maintaining quality/color fidelity can be tricky, and many Websites have their own subtle ways of changing things unexpectedly. I'm not familiar w/the image formats allowed here, nor with any auto-formatting the site may do unbeknownst to you. (Maybe Travis or one of the mods could clarify how things work.) But you might want to study some online articles about lossless vs. lossy compression, and saving as sRBG instead of RBG color schema.

Jpeg is somewhat unstable (lossy), and many Websites automatically compress it w/out your knowledge when you upload it, thus sometimes changing resolution and/or color fidelity. If possible, you might want to try saving as png instead of jpg if the site will accept it. You will probably notice a difference when uploaded. Try experimenting a little w/png vs jpg. This discusses various image formats.

MS Paint is also notoriously cheapo (it still comes free w/Windows) and not the best for creating/saving high quality images. I think some of the tools for saving better uploadable images are not available in Paint, and to get the best results, you'd probably have to use a more professional package that costs more.

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

@rfl0216 said:

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

So 90% is not noticeably different from 100%? Does it depend on the size/dimensions at all?

@Moon_Doggie said:

@rfl0216 said:

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

So 90% is not noticeably different from 100%? Does it depend on the size/dimensions at all?

I've never really tried to save it at 100% to be honest, 90 is what it defaults to, so I really couldn't say. Obviously, increasing/decreasing that number will effect the file size and the quality, but I usually save every time at 90.

@rfl0216 said:

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

Just as an update (and for anyone who may also have this problem), I have tried Grimp and I have sucessfully used it to reupload images and upload new images with the original color & tone of the original image retained!

What I'm curious to know is, for me, this issue is solved by the fact that sometimes when I open new images on GIMP, it immediately shows a pop-up screen that lets me convert the image to sRGB. This pop-up with the exception of one, always came up immediately after opening those problem images. However, it doesn't sound like to me this is how @Rebecca is able to retain color & tone integrity when using GIMP :thinking:...

@elebe11y said:

@rfl0216 said:

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

Just as an update (and for anyone who may also have this problem), I have tried Grimp and I have sucessfully used it to reupload images and upload new images with the original color & tone of the original image retained!

What I'm curious to know is, for me, this issue is solved by the fact that sometimes when I open new images on GIMP, it immediately shows a pop-up screen that lets me convert the image to sRGB. This pop-up with the exception of one, always came up immediately after opening those problem images. However, it doesn't sound like to me this is how @Rebecca is able to retain color & tone integrity when using GIMP :thinking:...

Gimp is apparently doing what I suggested in my earlier post re: sRGB, which will give better image fidelity than the RBG schema used by most Paint-type programs. It would be interesting to see if Rebecca tells Gimp to use sRGB. There may also be other attributes of Gimp that we don't know about that help to preserve image quality. If you're interested, why not ask the folks at Gimp? They may have lots of info they're willing to share.

@rfl0216 said:

@Moon_Doggie said:

@rfl0216 said:

I use Gimp (it's free!) and I do not find any difference in color or tone when I upload here. I'll copy the image into Gimp, crop it and then save it. When I save as a JPEG I keep the quality at 90.

So 90% is not noticeably different from 100%? Does it depend on the size/dimensions at all?

I've never really tried to save it at 100% to be honest, 90 is what it defaults to, so I really couldn't say.

It's possible that Rebecca might be using a different version(? older version?) of Gimp than I am... she mentions the program defauting to 90, but with any amount of experience, Gimp- at least the version I am using, defaults to varying qualities when attempting to save (i.e. export) as JPEG (i.e. the only image type accepted in TMdb) and not just 90.

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