How do I get the lettering on my MFP images to look sharp and clear? After using picmonkey.com, saving the pic, and uploading it on the hub, the letters are always fuzzy. It looks even worse sometimes after I publish the hub. What am I doing wrong? (Back later, thanks)
Usually when an image looks fuzzy or blurry it is due to it being lower resolution. That being said, images are recompressed on upload in many cases, so images with text or other small elements might lose some detail.
We suggest starting with an image that is at least 1000 pixels wide to start with to minimize blurry or fuzzy images.
Thank you very much for that advice, Matthew.
Also, If you have an image larger that 1000 pixels wide, you can upload it as the largest size you have. There is no need to resize it down to 1000 pixels wide before uploading. The general rule being the higher resolution you start with, the less likely it is to be blurry/fuzzy.
They used to come out perfect for me all the time (1 year ago) and now lately some of them come out looking blurry and unprofessional. I don't know what changed because I always choose the same size (the smallest) when I download from Pixabay. The picture looks fine, but the font is not always consistently clear.
So you have the same problem, Muttface. Very weird.
Muttface, based on what you said, I went back to look at some of my year-old or more hubs to check the MFPs. Just as you observed, the lettering on those are crisp and clear, not blurry. I've been making my MFPs the exact same way on picmonkey to date. So you are right, something has changed.
If you download Pixabay.com photos you can get them at 1280 pixels, and you can resize down to 1000. My lettering usually comes out quite clear, but you have to be careful to use colors on backgrounds that contrast with them.
Exactly, about the contrast. But I think you shed light on what I might be doing wrong. Most of the time I download the pic at 640x800 or so. Or if I download it really large (2000+), I resize them to 640x800 using windows photo gallery. I believe 99% of all pics on my hubs are 640x800. Is that not okay and might be causing a problem? Do you use picmonkey?
Try the capsule(s) which the MFP's are in see whether you can change it. Otherwise, go to your browser settings and change the Font view.
Try out Canva (www.canva.com) which is the BEST site for making MFP graphics.
It is, honestly.
Thanks everyone. I figured out what I was doing wrong. I skipped the step where you choose the level of quality before saving the MFP. My brain farts a lot these days, sometimes for months.
Bummer. Still not sharp. Whatever. Will keep trying.
It's not that stage that makes the difference because I have tried saving the different quality levels and no dice.
On a side note, I was always downing loading the smallest size and it's good to know I can use a bigger one.
Edit: These 2 photos are the same size (the smallest) and have the same quality level (medium), but the top one is blurry.
I mostly upload images from wikimedia commons of above 1000 pixels. Some of them can be of 3000 X 2500 pixels also. When I use images from my mobile, they are always of 1600 X 1200 pixels. I also use photobucket, sometimes, to put text on them, but they get reduced to 800 X 640 or so in those cases which are not good. I use them mostly for my videos on youtube.
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