What is an easy and effective way to put some water-colour pictures on a website?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Chris, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    What is an easy and effective way to put some water-colour pictures on a
    website?
    A friend has some pictures she wants to put on the web.
    The originals vary in size from 10" x 8" to 12" x 16".
    I could photograph the big ones and scan the small ones.
    What's a good straightforward way of displaying them?
    And can you please suggest any websites which are good examples?
     
    Chris, Apr 29, 2004
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  2. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thanks. What I'm looking for is ways of laying out the website with
    thumbnails etc. Any good examples?
     
    Chris, Apr 29, 2004
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    Faolan Guest

    Depends on how many images you have, how much work you are willing to do
    etc.

    Also comes down to how much you know about web design.

    If you have access to Dreamweaver then Project 7 do some very nice
    Extensions ideal for creating this type of website.

    Website:

    http://www.projectseven.com/

    Demo of one of their packs:

    http://www.projectseven.com/viewer/pkaveview.htm

    If you have access to PHP and a SQL database then you can use that to
    create or use a gallery software readily available on the web or even
    any SSI enable features on your server (ASP, JSP, ColdFusion etc).
    Plenty of free scripts around for most server side languages.

    Three main factors to consider:

    1) Presentation
    2) Download speeds
    3) Image size.

    Presentation, you will want the site to be clean and concise. Let the
    images speak for themselves.

    Download, not every one has Broadband. Image sizes should not exceed
    150K per image. Page size should not exceed 50k

    Image size, what size of image do you feel is suitable to displaying the
    quality of the prints? 1024x768 might be nice but what's the chances of
    someone seeing that on a 800x600 monitor (still the largest display
    base). Also it comes down to download speeds again.

    Finally consider browser compatibility... Opera, Mozilla, Safari all
    have shares in the browser viewing...

    It took me 3 months to come up with a design that worked and a further
    month of getting the site up and running. It's not easy to make a
    gallery site that works in most modern browsers... Don't limit your self
    to gallery sites, take navigation ideas from other types of sites, look
    at the various layouts see what elements you like and hate, use them to
    come up with a unique design. Also when choosing a colour scheme make
    sure it's complimentary to the type of images you are displaying...

    Finally make sure you watermark each image with a distinctive marking to
    *help* prevent image theft. It won't stop it, but it will put off the
    casual thief....
     
    Faolan, Apr 29, 2004
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  4. Steven Thompson, Apr 30, 2004
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