Hello, I'm trying to set up a shop to sell prints of my artwork. The shop only allows 5MB or smaller images for photos. I'm trying to save my work as a file size at or below that, but i can't figure out a way to do it without sacrificing quality. because I'm trying to sell prints quality of the image has to be as best as it can be. I've tried a bunch of methods on how to keep file size down, but they all mess with the quality of the image. Is there a third party app that can help me with this? Any help is appreciated, thanks.
If you working on huge PSD files to develop you stuff you can always save out a Jpeg file to print from. A quality 10 jpeg file will print beautifully and be a small fraction of the size of your PSD or layered Tiff files. Olny image that have large print size feet rather the inches that also have a high resolution will exceed 5MB in file size.
I actually figures out what the problem was, I thought that the image was diminishing in quality because the colors would go dark and look dingy, but it actually happens when the image is flattened for the saving process. I flattened the image in photoshop and the colors go dark. it doesn't look like it does when the layers are all seperate. is that a saving problem? or is there something i can do to prevent it?
You also don't have to flatten to save a flat jpeg. Photoshop Save as jped will do what is necessary save out a JPEG. Your open document will still be layered and you can save a layered file to preserve you work so you can continue to refine it in the future.
Sounds like you have a colour space problem. If your images are in anything but sRGB, try changing to that colour space before saving as JPG. I fell foul of this problem with camera club competion entries way back, thinking that the club's projector was badly calibrated because my images looked so flat. I was saving out Adobe RGB images to JPG, so it was my fault and not the Club's.