Our Simple Publishing Tools Series | Images

Simple Publishing Tools


Simple Requirements:

The image must have a Small file size.

These days our cameras boast about megapixels. The internet still needs fewer pixels .The simple software you need, tells you the file size before you save the image and let’s you adjust it. Our choice is Paint.net.. It’s not Photoshop but it’s quick to learn and does all simple web jobs like cropping and resizing. Design the logos on Photoshop or Gimp. Use Paint.net for everything web.

We use the jpg format as our choice. We consider a file size of 200 kb to be HUGE. Most cameras produce a file size 10 or 100 times that FILE size. Your simple image software can reduce that size for you. When you resize a pic, reduce the resolution to 96 pixels per inch and then size the pic for the screen. Most websites are 1100 or 1200 pixels wide with a 200 or 300 pixel sidebar. That would make a good width of your image 800 pixels on most screens. We make images 1200 wide usually because our “Theme” resizes them.

Mostly we look for a small file size….If our pages take too long to load they don’t rank in Search Engines and don’t work on a phone…..

Images also make their way to Facebook.

The perfect Facebook image is 1200 x 630 pixels.

Often we work with images in bulk. A fantastic tool for this is Faststone Photo Resizer

It can resize and reduce the file size of all photos in a directory, rename them and put the newly named files in another directory. The following four images were sized by Faststone. I had the software add blue borders to three and white to the fourth in order to make them all square. This is a way to have the same size of image with different sizes of pics.When it’s used against a white back ground (the fourth one), you can’t tell it was done……
We use Faststone to reduce file sizes and resize in mass. It’s also a way to make sure that you have unique file names since you can also rename in bulk. If your image is a Product Image. Your camera produces duplicates. Windows deals with duplicates, the internet doesn’t!

Dave Jackson


It’s Part of Life | Poem by Alison Hammond

Part of Life Poem







Part of Life  by Alison Hammond

I want to walk it off
but I miss my dog
and how she always set the pace.
I want to talk it out
but i miss my friend
and how he always
picked up the phone.
So here I am in between
action and thought
and not wanting to feel
a Goddamn thing
but knowing full well
that something creative
is incubating and will hatch.
It always does.
It’s part of life.


Alison Hammond is a Disc Jockey WMVY aka mvyradio
Alison is fron New York, New York


The Way to Leave Anything is to Step Away from the Nearness | Poem by Ryan Quinn Flanagan


The Way to Leave Anything is to Step Away from the Nearness
by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

shock and garnish
all things gaping mouth-trap adaptable
I am always amazed at what people choose to fear
closet oddities murder scene scattered across the floor
the humming sky forever out of tune
riots in the streets where cheques were once cashed
cabbies without cars on the dole
salvation, you say?
there is no way to get there
the buses aren’t running
my eyes are freelance photographers deeply set:
heavy, bloodshot, immutable
under a rumpled hat of premature baldness
sitting on strange heads the same way say
a trained falcon sits
halfway down the arm, dreaming the death
bulging feathered appetite on display
the cornices of government buildings as good a place as any
to hide
lay low in the baritone tradition
watching short fish-like men erect electrical fences
to keep the master plan in
and I find myself in a public bathroom
a message
gum-stuck to the wall:
take it or leave it.

I leave it.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half and mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.