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Now that we've gone through this entire process of resizing the image, sharpening it a little bit, then working on the overall color and contrast and saturation, we're ready to export this for the Web. The way that we're going to do this is we are going to navigate to our File pulldown menu. Then we're going to select Save for Web & Devices. This will then open up the Save for Web & Devices dialog, and one of the things that we want to focus in on is that if it's a photograph, we're going to save this as a JPEG. For example, if it were a graphic, we could use something other than a JPEG, but in our case, because we're working with photographs, we'll simply choose JPEG.
We have a couple of different options here, and most of these options are going to work really well with just the default settings. The first one is the overall quality. Now, photographers are infamous for saying, you know what, I don't want 60% quality. I want to go all the way up. Well, that actually isn't the best approach. What we want to do is bring this number down as low as possible while the image still looks good. So we're going to drag this number lower and lower until we see what looks like a good image here in this preview.
If you need a general starting point, I would say typically somewhere around 60 will work well. That being said, let's say you have a photograph. It's a desert landscape with a lot of sky in the image, and it's a black -and-white image, the sky has this huge gradation that goes from white on the horizon to black up in the sky, well in that case you would need a higher quality, because the gradation of the sky would probably band and would posterize. So again, you just have to watch your images, see what type of images you're working on in order to find the appropriate quality amount.
But do keep in mind, you do want to go as low as possible. Now, it's pretty rare that you're going to go below let's say 45, or it's also where you're going to go above 75. So somewhere right in there, again if you need a target number, aim for something around 60. Well, the next option that we want to have checked on is Optimize. In other words, we want a smaller file here. Now, we want to convert this to sRGB. Even though we've already done that, we can leave that on here. We have the Preview already showing us Monitor Color, which was that same preview that we saw with our Soft Proof, and then from here, all that we need to do is to simply click Save.
Then we can select a location where we want to save this file to. Let's say we want to go ahead and save it to this chapter 25 folder. We'll select that and then click Save. Now that we have exported this small JPEG, it is good to go. We're ready to get this image online, and now what we can do is either include it as an attachment as we send an e- mail, or we could post it on a blog, or of course we could always include the image on our portfolio Web site.
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