Creating Thumbnails (and other sizes)

One of the first tasks in generating your web photo album, is to create resized versions of your original images. For obvious reasons, you should always keep your originals untouched - never replace them with image-processed copies. At the very least, you'll probably lose all of the embedded EXIF data, but you will probably also irretrievably lose some picture information.

ThumbHTML allows you to create sub-folders containing copies of these original images resized according to your specifications. The controls on the Thumbnails tab (below) provide you with the means to do this.

The program expects that you will at least create a sub-folder called 'thumb' containing thumbnail-sized copies (say 150-pixel size) and another called 'main' with 600-pixel size copies. The default setting of the 'Batch Resize' function is set up to generate these automaticaly, but you can customise the setting. You might also wish to create drop-shadows on these resized images by checking the drop shadow box. Other sizes can also be created (choose a suitable name for the folder in which to store these - I suggest simply using the image size as the folder name) but you should not generate these with drop-shadows, since the program will be providing a simple link to these, rather than creating an individual HTML page, as it does with those stored in 'main' (used as the images linked to by clicking on the thumbnails).

You may also wish to experiment with the settings in the 'extra' section. You can create monochrome images and apply a coloured tint (this works best when applied to monochrome images). Sharpening can also be selected if required, but be sparing in it's use - too high a setting can introduce undesirable artifacts.


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