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Creating a CD Cover for the Web Using GIMP

Kevin Bibo

CREATING A CD COVER GRAPHIC FOR THE WEB

1. Open your original CD file “yourname_cd2.psd”

2. Crop out the original.

3. Flatten the image

4. Save as “yourname_cd3.xcf” into the “yourname_cd” folder.

5. Experiment with saving/exporting the new file for the web. Try:

a. JPEG with high compression/low quality.

b. JPEG with low compression/high quality.

c. GIF with web palette.

d. GIF with Optimum palette.

6. Save a Copy… of each new file into the “beta_images” folder.

7. Choose which version best balances smaller file size with quality image integrity. Place your choice in the hand-in folder.

8. Open selected file in The Gimp. Go to Images>Image Size. Change pixels to percent.

9. Change the image size of your chosen file to 25% and save as “yourname_cd3sm.jpg” or “yourname_cd3sm.gif” (depending on the file type you chose previously.) Save the file into “beta_images” folder. Place this smaller “thumbnail” version in the hand-in folder also.


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