I really hope to include all Senior classes from every annual we can round up but I'm afraid I will never be able to do all of this by myself. So I am seeking volunteers!
If you have an annual, a decent scanner and a little time on your hands, PLEASE click the "volunteer" button and fill out the simple form that pops up.
A "TUTORIAL" will explain the steps I used along with recommended size and quality settings for different graphics software. For those of you who don't have 3rd party software like Corel, Adobe or Print-Shop Pro, Windows already has everything you need to crop and edit your photos so you won't need to buy anything. Most scanners also come with editing software. The tutorial will actually be a perpetual "work in progress" where I will post answers to your questions about "how to perform" specific functions with your hardware and software.
I DO hope you will consider doing the Senior class from your annual(s). I would greatly appreciate it and I'm quite certain that all Golden Tornado alumni that will eventually make their way to our web site will appreciate it as well!
Begin Tutorial #1
Keep in mind that for web purposes, about 90% of users PC monitors are using 800X600 or 1024X768 settings. A few use higher res and still fewer lower. A grayscale 300DPI scan of a full page from the annual will be about 3200X2400 pixels and about 15MB uncompressed. When saved as a "very-high quality", (90%), JPEG, the file size drops to about 4MB with no perceptible quality change.
Scanners are kind of slow, so instead of scanning each individual student photo, what I do is:
(Step 1) Scan the whole page at 300DPI and then use that as a "master" from which to:
(Step 2) Cut and paste the individual pix.
(NOTE: please save these full sized-full page scans to a CD in case someone should request a high resolution version later).
These 300DPI individual shots are still way too big for a computer screen, which typically displays at only 72DPI. So they still have to be resized down for the web site.
You can actually upload these files as they are because I have set a limit on the Gallery software which will automatically resize the longest side of the image to 600 pixels. But if you're able to resize these pictures to 420(wide) X 600(height) at 72 pixels per inch, you will save yourself a lot of time when you go to upload them. This is because you'll be uploading a 100kb file instead of a 2mb file and you also don't have to wait for Gallery to perform the resizing!
Either way this does leave us without a "full-sized" photo in the Gallery but it makes the album more accessible to more people and keeps my bandwidth usage down so that I can continue to offer these web sites free of charge.
If you followed my advice in step 2, (above), then YOU have a Hi-Resolution copy of all the pix in your album and if someone wants one thay can contact you directly and you can either give or sell them what they need, (at your discretion).