Ads are turning out to be more complicated than we’d anticipated. With any luck, we’ll get the problems ironed out RSN. Until then, if you keep hitting “reload” every few minutes, the effect should be at least as interesting as watching traffic lights change.
Meanwhile: I know it’s a little startling at first, but on reflection I think “My opponent’s breath is so bad it kills the shrubbery” sends a clear message to the voters of Texas’ 6th Congressional District.If you click through to Morris Meyer’s website, you can see a much clearer version of that image. I don’t know what happened to it on its way to becoming a blog ad. For them and for anyone else who needs to ensmall a detailed image, here’s my amateur recipe for generating good thumbnails via PhotoShop:
1. Start with the largest, highest-resolution version of your image that you can lay hands on, and set its resolution level as high as possible. Never scrootch your resolution any earlier in the process than you have to.You’re done. Hit Save, or Save As, and file it according to your usual procedures.
If your initial image is equal to or greater than ten times your target size, you can skip step #4 .
2. If the image needs any cleanup or enhancement, now’s the time to do it. Go easy on “increase contrast” and “sharpen”.
3. Select Filter, then Unsharp Mask. When the dialogue box comes up, set the amount at 50%, with a radius of 0.5 pixels and a threshold of 5 levels. Note: this is not the only round of sharpening that image is going to get, so don’t overdo the amount this time around.
4. Go to Image, then Image Size, and blow your image up to 500% or more of its original size.
(This may be a superstition left over from my bitmap days, but I like having the blown-up version be both a simple multiple of the original, and evenly divisible by the target size. That is, if I’m working with an original that’s 253 pixels on a side and I’m shooting for a 100-pixel thumbnail, I’ll probably trim the original by three pixels so I can go up 600% and come down at 15:1. I expect someone will tell me in the comments thread whether this is a useless holdover.)
5. Select Filter, then Artistic, then Dry Brush. When the dialogue box comes up, set the brush size at 0, the brush detail at 10, and the texture at 1. Click “okay”, then wait. This may take a while.
6. When the image is finished filtering, use Image Size to reduce it, not to its original size, but to its target size.7. Use Unsharp Mask again at the same settings you used before. Or, if you want it sharper, now’s the time to increase the amount to 75%, or 100%, or whatever works for you. Make sure you’re working with your view set at 100% of the image’s size. You can’t judge whether it’s at its proper degree of sharpness if you have it set at any other level of magnification.