Problems with jpeg matte

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by tmd, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. tmd

    tmd Guest

    Greetings everyone.

    I'm trying to take pictures of original artwork and optimize them for
    a website. The medium the artist uses is a bark-paper that has edges
    which I can only describe as similar to the egde of a hole in jeans
    after they have been washed a few times. Because of these edges I
    can't have a solid background.

    I've removed the existing background to a transparency and use the
    'save for web' option. Obviously I want them to be jpeg's, and am
    trying to get them to the <20k range, but this is where I encounter
    problems. I've tried the 'matte' (matching the matte color to the web
    page color) option, as well as using the web page color as a
    background on a different layer but I always end up with a halo
    effect. My guess is that the matte and/or background layer quality is
    being lost in the optimization process...

    Can someone point me in the right direction or am I just sol?

    Thanks folks.

    tmd, Aug 12, 2003
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  2. tmd

    Mike Russell Guest

    There are a number of alternatives. One is to use png, which allows you to
    represent true transparency on a web page image, modulo the matte color.
    Another is to use a transparent GIF, which may not look all that bad
    depending on the type of artwork.

    Finally, jpg should work reasonably well, provided you match the background
    with a web safe color. You may be running into problems with the mask
    being generated incorrectly - for example with the magic wand tool with no
    anti-aliasing, or the tolderance set too small.

    It would be informative if you posted a link to one of your images.


    Mike Russell
    Mike Russell, Aug 12, 2003
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