I’ve been trying to find time to learn how to manipulate images, but so far, no good.
Last year I installed Gimp (free!) and I’m sure it does loads of stuff brilliantly. But so far all I’ve used it for is to re-size images (and it’s taken me a while to find the right steps to do that – there is so much in there!)
The trouble is, the manual is ENORMOUS and I don’t even understand the table of contents, never mind what a layer is or what constitutes the canvas.
I suspect, to get to basic user proficiency, I shouldn’t be starting from here.
I’ve recently discovered this article on bookworks.com about resizing images for the web . I was pointed in its direction by the blog of Chris the Story-reading Ape, so thanks, Chris, for that helpful post.
The article outlines the steps required to…
1. Change the dimensions of your pic (no, I don’t mean moving those little blobs on each corner when you cut-and-paste it)
2. Save for web use
3. Remove extraneous metadata (that’s the invisible bits in the background of the image file)
4. Squoosh it, using Squoosh image optimiser
I have used all these tools and it was do-able (even though I still don’t understand what I’m doing).
All the information you need is at https://www.bookworks.com/2019/07/resize-image-files-tools-ebook/
Last year, after we’d successfully published our writing group anthology, I self-published my little verse about Emmy Elf (A Year Before Christmas) just to see if I could add pictures, but I didn’t try anything too clever with them. I knew they had to be high resolution for print, but I didn’t have a clue how to go about optimising pictures for the e-version (which is currently free on Smashwords until I’ve re-vamped it).
The e-book was produced in a hurry last December (yes, that late) – again, to see if I could do it, and I wanted to find out how Smashwords works.
I plan to make a better fist of it this year (now I have entry-level tools) and to re-publish the e-version.
Watch this space.