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Postby tobadzistsini » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:06 am

Howdy, I'm surprised that user profile pics are 80x80 and can't be bigger than 6kb.

Would someone recommend how to get a picture to meet these stringent specifications? I've messed with a picture in gimp, resizing and switching file types and it just gets worse and worse and worse.

Thank you

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Re: profile pics

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:11 am

Screw Gimp, but upload your original here and I'll process it for you.

I heartily support the 6K limit, because that makes it much harder for people to upload animated gifs -- which would merit summary execution, in my world.

See, also, the Smush.it tool.

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Postby tobadzistsini » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:15 am

Thank you

http://i.imgur.com/peWkgBa.jpg

BTW, not complaining about the policy.

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Re: profile pics

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:06 am

For 80x80 avatars, you ideally want something with less detail and more natural contrast. Line-art works best.

Nevertheless, here's six variants on that cute avatar:

CuteDuckies.zip
(21.82 KiB) Downloaded 59 times

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Postby tbaker2500 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:09 am

I love it, great ones. I'd go with #6!
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Postby tbaker2500 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:14 am

I think it's a good point. I've relaxed the rules slightly, 16k and 100x100 pix allowed now. The goal with the smaller images is to keep the board relatively speedy, but there is compromise to be had, if we get cute picks of duckies!
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Re: profile pics

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:57 am

Nooooooooo!! ....

Then you will get avatars like this:

*edited because me eyes really hurt!!!!!* -Tom

And we already have cute duckies at 80x80.

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Postby ROU Killing Time » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:03 am

But then you get a chance to be the avatar nazi and kill them, ASID. (Always look at the bright side of life.)
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Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:09 am

Alas, I do not have that power on this forum. :( (Probably for the best, can you imagine how ROU's and strawman's avatars would end up?)

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Postby ROU Killing Time » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:11 am

Hmm, good point.
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Postby ROU Killing Time » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:12 am

I think that power is best held by Tom's saintly hands.
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Postby tbaker2500 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:25 pm

Jesus ASID! Don't DO that to me!! Ouch. Sorry for editing your post, but dear GOD!

Well that gif was only 3.2k, so it would have fit in the old rules. Does the 100 pix matter to you? I don't really care, but I thought it might make avi's slightly more understandable for what was in them.

And remember, you can always warn users about their AVI, and ultimately ban them for a day if they get sassy!
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Postby Varda » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:53 pm

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:Alas, I do not have that power on this forum. :( (Probably for the best, can you imagine how ROU's and strawman's avatars would end up?)

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Re: profile pics

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:06 pm

tbaker2500 wrote:Well that gif was only 3.2k, so it would have fit in the old rules. Does the 100 pix matter to you? I don't really care, but I thought it might make avi's slightly more understandable for what was in them.

That gif was only 3.2K because it was all color squares except for 1 very simple frame. Animated gifs that actually have some image content to them go over the 6K limit very quickly.

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Postby tbaker2500 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:46 pm

I'm actually honestly asking your opinion here. (Shocking, I know!)
Phrased another way, what numbers would you pick and reasonable limits to allow people to upload an avatar which could be a visible pic of themselves?
I did the 100x100 because I feel that it's sometimes hard to see what an avatar is at the 80x80 size. Much larger and it's obnoxious. I upped the kb limit to allow for that increase plus some more. But I haven't run the numbers. What feels like a good limit to you?
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Re: profile pics

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:20 am

I can't find my notes on the only study I'm aware of (it was at work, circa 1997). But, for a classic "head and shoulders shot", you really want 120px. Less than that and things start to get a little too blurry for many tastes...

ImageImageImage

Likewise if your users want legible text. (Which is greater than 10px, displayed, IMO)...

ImageImageImage

A simple, two frame, animation (using a more typical example) increases the size by at least 19%...
Spoiler:
ImageImageImage


The file sizes in Bytes are:
With text: 6,281; 8,434; 11,138
With simple animation: 7,012; 9,594; 12,506

So, I'd set an avatar limit of 120px and 12.4K   OR
100px and 9.4K

Mind you, the smaller, blurrier size can be a godsend: Image ;)

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Postby strawman » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:54 am

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Re: profile pics

Postby tbaker2500 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:58 am

That spoiler is awesome!
That is good data, thanks.
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Re: profile pics

Postby tobadzistsini » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:48 am

Thank you!

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Re: profile pics

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You're welcome.


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