Old 10-27-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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First off, I'm not trying to whore any views here. I just acquired a mac on Monday. My version of CS2 that I've been using religiously ever since I could remember is gone. I'm not even sure I could even use it on this machine. ANYWHO....I went ahead an purchased Elements 9. It has pretty much all the features and tools I used in CS2 on the PC. Having a bit of an issue though. I'm processing fine. I'm resizing fine, sharpening is the same as with CS2. Now, I don't know if something is getting lost in the process here or what, but my images look great through Elements, nice and tack sharp. But when I view them on here, or anywhere on the big WWW, and when I open the image up a viewer, it looks like CRAP.

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I'm almost ashamed to have it up here. Seriously.

The images almost look distorted and very soft. I'm processing as normal, is there something I'm missing? Do I have some sort of setting unchecked? I'm saving at the highest possible setting (12) when I'm saving as a JPG. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:33 AM   #2
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I have complained about this many times before. The only thing of use I can say is to sharpen again after re-sizing it.
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Thats the only way I sharpen is after I resize.....I don't know. I know this isn't an elements issue as I had elements before I turned to CS2 and never had an issue. But that was years ago and alas, I don't have it...actually I don't have the PC anymore, so I can't cross check settings. Very frustrating!

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Heh....you'll never believe this. I figured out the problem. Not with the pictures, it's not with elements, it's not with my processing. I had my magnification set on my browser waaaaay too high. Whoops! Firefox not only made my text bigger, but made images bigger, aka cropping in on a 1024 photo. Problem fixed, crisis averted. Disregard this thread

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I'm right behind you on getting a Mac, Ben! Let me know how you like it..

And I'm still bitter over the Red Lobster visit....

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Heh....you'll never believe this. I figured out the problem. Not with the pictures, it's not with elements, it's not with my processing. I had my magnification set on my browser waaaaay too high. Whoops! Firefox not only made my text bigger, but made images bigger, aka cropping in on a 1024 photo. Problem fixed, crisis averted. Disregard this thread

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I was gonna say, the shot you linked looks fine to me! Glad you figured it out.
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I'm right behind you on getting a Mac, Ben! Let me know how you like it..

And I'm still bitter over the Red Lobster visit....

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Haha, next time you head north on a weekend I'll buy. Mac is amazing so far. Handles much better, very stable. didn't take much to forget the pc habits and merge into the Mac era. I recommend it 100%

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Paid cash for every one of mine. And I'm sure there are more people in this country in debt from purchasing PCs than Macs.
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you can get a part time job with all the time you save not waiting to reboot.
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Never have to buy Norton and the other stuff, macs for the most part stable and problem free.
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I'm leaning towards going Mac too. Haven't decided desktop or laptop yet. Also, getting all new programs is a little daunting.

Have been told by a few Mac people that my external drives should continue to work with the Mac.
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I don't know if you got a big monitor or not, but if you did, could it be because the photos are only about 1024 wide or 1000 high?

That might change the way they are displayed.

Or maybe if you just had a PC.
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WISH I could go Mac lol. Until now I'm stuck with a PC.
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Never have to buy Norton and the other stuff, macs for the most part stable and problem free.
You could buy a hundred copies of Norton for the difference in cost between a macbook and a PC laptop.

Or let me put it like this: you could buy a legit copy of photoshop or lightroom, or whatever you use.

I dont intend to turn this into a mac bashing session, but just pointing out the cost differential.
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I would just like to share; my real bill paying job is in IT Support and we had a Mac virus hit our campus.

They do exist, the idea that Macs are fundamentally invulnerable is not true. It is true that it is harder for a Mac to get a virus, but it is not impossible.
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I would just like to share; my real bill paying job is in IT Support and we had a Mac virus hit our campus.

They do exist, the idea that Macs are fundamentally invulnerable is not true. It is true that it is harder for a Mac to get a virus, but it is not impossible.
I do IT support too (Exchange admin), and MAC products are the SCOURGE of Enterprise IT.

They are NOT Enterprise products, they dont fit in, you cant manage them (without hellaciously expensive third party products), they dont play nice with things that actually make our company money.

They are toys for executives, but we cant tell them no. You have no idea how much resources (read: money) trying to shoehorn these things into our network, only to allow the VIP's to play angry birds without using their airtime...

Yea, i'm not jaded...
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I do IT support too (Exchange admin), and MAC products are the SCOURGE of Enterprise IT.

They are NOT Enterprise products, they dont fit in, you cant manage them (without hellaciously expensive third party products), they dont play nice with things that actually make our company money.

They are toys for executives, but we cant tell them no. You have no idea how much resources (read: money) trying to shoehorn these things into our network, only to allow the VIP's to play angry birds without using their airtime...

Yea, i'm not jaded...
Ditto - I do IT infrastructure support as well. Macs have their niche and what they do well, they do very well, and the people that use them look no further than that.

I agree with you, try incorporating them into a PC centric corporate IT infrastructure (and 99.99999% of places are PC based rather than Mac) and you are entering a world of pain - small example. Standard diagram tool in our company like many others is MS Visio. There is no Mac version of Visio or any free viewing tools, you have to use paid for 3rd party products that in many cases don't do a very good job of converting the diagrams and cause more issues when they are amended and passed back to the PC people.

Its better now than it was 20 years ago, mainly because there is better support from Microsoft for Macs rather than the other way round - and at least we don't have to deal with OS/2 Warp and its predecessors any more
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Yeah, Microsoft has finally got Windows caught up to what Warp offered - except in terms of stability.

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Windows 7 has been pretty damn good so far.
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Sometimes you get what you pay for. I've never been more pleased with a computer I've owned than my iMac. They're not for everyone but it has done everything I've ever needed it to do very well. More than I can say about the loaded Dell it replaced or the Toshiba before that.

I even have a legit copy of Photoshop CS5. (Hail to higher education discounts)
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You could buy a hundred copies of Norton for the difference in cost between a macbook and a PC laptop.

Or let me put it like this: you could buy a legit copy of photoshop or lightroom, or whatever you use.

I dont intend to turn this into a mac bashing session, but just pointing out the cost differential.
How true, but one other thing mac's are worth more in trade in too if not to old so one has that going for them to. If one gets the top of the line mac it's is costly but the lower end ones aren't shabby.
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I do IT support too (Exchange admin), and MAC products are the SCOURGE of Enterprise IT.

They are NOT Enterprise products, they dont fit in, you cant manage them (without hellaciously expensive third party products), they dont play nice with things that actually make our company money.

They are toys for executives, but we cant tell them no. You have no idea how much resources (read: money) trying to shoehorn these things into our network, only to allow the VIP's to play angry birds without using their airtime...

Yea, i'm not jaded...
Just load Windozzzzz? PC are great if one likes to play with them, I don't.
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