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As you may know it, I love to make posters for everything, christmas, birthdays or just for fun.
Today, I'll show you two of my latest and explain why I did them and some technical things I learned about while making theses.
The first one was a joke about a friend and me, he was thinking of a story about a woman having to raise a small Chtulu like a real child.
With this description I came with this image:
This montage was really easy to do and I didn't put that much effort on it since it is a joke.
The second one was made to advertise free hosting (I usually do that once per year) on my server.
This poster is more informational and contains lots of technical informations for people about the specifications of the server:
Still, I'm not satisfied with it. I like the Amiga Forever font but I feel something is wrong, it's not professional, I don't think people would trust me with an ad like that.
For this year's Free Hosting event, I'll try to use a minimalist design with less text and less colors.
The server shown is a Dell PowerEdge, a small and efficient one.
Let's talk about the text. I highly doubt a lot of people know ZNC, Xonotic or even Minetest, all of this can be misleading for the user and will keep him away from clicking on the ad.
Here is a quick draft I made to demonstrate how minimalistic design can be better:
This time, the Arial font has been used. You can also notice my logo in the bottom-right corner. A simple black-to-white gradient is used for the background.
You can also see that the E-Mail address has been replaced by a website (this one does not works and is just a placeholder). Some people, when prompted "Please send us an E-Mail to get this..." just give up because they are finding it too inconvenient.
Nowadays, majority of people are more likely to click on a link and register rather than sending a mail themselves.
The last problem I find globally in my production is the size of the file. I tend to maximise quality and it can only be a good thing in case of impression. My files usually weight in the tenth of Megabytes or even hundreds of Megabytes. These sizes are not suited for an internet usage.
As for some people, internet access can be slow, I can still gain some weight by compressing the images but sacrificing some quality.
Well, are we done yet? Is that all we can do to get images to load on everyone's computer? Not at all!
You maybe heard of the vector graphics. Instead of the standard Bitmap format that stores individual pixels, the vector graphics stores location of 2d points. In result, you can upscale and downscale vector images without losing any quality. This format can be exploited by a lot of softwares like Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator. The only downside of this format is if you want to import a Bitmap picture. You have two choices: re-make the bitmap in vector graphics or just import it. The first can be really hard to do and the second make vector graphics loose all it's magic, you are now stuck with a Bitmap image losing quality when upscaling/downscaling.
Another format is WebP. According to Wikipedia, this format can reduce up to 40% the size of the image. On my side, I don't see that much improvement in the size of my images. As this format is still in development, I'll check it out later when the project will be more advanced.
Well, I hope you liked as much as I did this small journey into montages and compressing. I'll make another article dedicated about the compressing methods later.
I'll see you next time!