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October 8th, 2016, 8:05 am

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Reply MangoChab, October 8th, 2016, 8:05 am

soooooo, if you wanna see better quality, go here: https://tapastic.com/episode/478059

I think i'm gonna move to that page, so i don't think i will be posting here anymore. I'll se how long i'll be able to lower the quality. Thank you for all the ones who have read this. And sorry if I stop posting here. But again, if you still wanna read it, just follow the link :D

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Reply raephium, October 8th, 2016, 8:52 am

@MangoChab: ahhh, bad for me i guess! i don't use taptastic at all and it is super laggy for me for some reason. :(

Reply WindowMaker, October 8th, 2016, 9:45 am

I see you still post the page in PNG, so...
How did your JPEG experiment went anyway?

Besides, I have looked at the current page on Tapastic and found that it's just a 214 KB PNG (less than half of 500 KB) at 800x1000 px. Was the quality reduction even necessary in the first place?

And, I'm curious, which software you are using for drawing comics?

Reply MangoChab, October 8th, 2016, 9:55 am

@WindowMaker: I tried jpeg, but it didn't help. Besides think i have more ''freedom'' on tapastic and can make my pages larger. So I will start to make the pages after the size of tapastick i think..

Don't know if i understood you question? if you mean the latest page? It's that size bacause I lined it long time ago.

I use clip studio paint :)

I tried alot of different thing, and it doesn't work or it's just me who dont know how to xD

Reply WindowMaker, October 8th, 2016, 12:58 pm

Software, settings and whatnot @MangoChab:
[TLDR]
My point is uploading comics with the same quality/pixel-dimension as you do right now on Tapastic, is perfectly possible on SmackJeeves; but it requires using a right software and settings (hence the which-software-you-use question).

If you decided to move to Tapastic just to stop worrying about these, it is understandable. Even though I don't like Tapastic for many many reasons, I won't stop reading or anything.
[end TLDR]

* In case you inclined to get to bottom of it...

Manga drawing software like Clip Studio Paint tends to save pages in very high quality by default (even JPEG is saved at very high quality settings) unless you override it.

If you export in JPEG format, this overriding can be done using Clip Studio's "Quality" setting in "Export Preview" dialog (a part of File > Export (Single Layer) command). File size display is even available while you adjust the quailty.

Corresponding part in the manual (look for "[Export preview] Dialog Box" written in red color):
http://goo.gl/bx1Tcq

* But if this looks like too much work...

There is a shortcut: remember what I said about current PNG page on Tapastic being 214 KB? You can simply re-save the page image from Tapastic and re-upload it on SmackJeeves with its full glory and no quality loss. (This is due to Tapastic running image optimization software on their server)

But a simple right-click and "Save Image" won't work; you will need to navigate to your page using sidebar, turn off JavaScript in your browser and refresh the page before trying to save it.

* Another way to do is...

Continue exporting the finished page as PNG, but run it through image optimizer like ImageOpim (Mac: https://imageoptim.com/mac ), FileOptimizer (Windows: http://nikkhokkho.sourceforge.net/static.php?page=FileOptimizer ), or online service like TinyPNG ( https://tinypng.com/ ) before uploading it on SmackJeeves. Your mileage may vary, depends on amount of toning you put on the page.

* Side note...

JPEG and PNG format are different at its core nature. In JPEG, you can set the quality from zero (tiny file size, blurry image) to max (huge file size, but no blurs) without changing page size. In PNG, no matter software you use, you cannot go down beyond specific file size unless you resize the page.

In simple words: JPEG is good at dealing with file size (at the expense of details), PNG is good at preserving details (at the expense of file size).

* Disclaimers...

I'm not a Clip Studio Paint user and definitely not a comic artist, though I have a long history with Adobe Photoshop and related tools, including acquaintance with few image optimizers.

* For other readers...

Sorry for a very long post, you can just read the TLDR and skip the rest.

Reply Poppy, October 9th, 2016, 4:29 am

@MangoChab: not sure if you saw it, but go look at your messages. Hopefully that will help fix your posting here a little. :)

Reply MangoChab, October 9th, 2016, 7:33 am

@Poppy: I just read it! I sended you a replay. and thank you! /(>3<)/

Reply akemikae, October 9th, 2016, 5:08 am

Well, I followed the link and will be following this comic over there now! :D I like your comic a lot so far.

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