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If there's enough interest, I'll replace this thread with the URL of the victim.... err... "target" image. ;)
Keep in mind that the more colors the .jpg has, the tougher it will be to compress and still keep the quality factor. Another issue we are faced with are the varying monitor settings that users have along with their graphics display card. What may look good to you, might look like a mess to someone with different monitor settings.
Hehe... that's why I was thinking of some obnoxiously complex image like a sharply focused field of multi-colored wild flowers, or a crowd shot of a big latin fiesta. :) I'm evil that way...
About the only restrictions I was thinking of were: final image at 72ppi (this is a web graphics forum, after all), and must keep same inch dimensions... so if it starts out as a 2x3 inch 300ppi TIFF image, you'd need to end up with a 2x3 inch 72 ppi JPG. The peculiar balance between looks and size are what the whole game is about...
And the idea of picking a "winner" sounds awful to me. Do we pick the smallest file no matter what it looks like? Obviously not... But odds are the most "faithful" looking file will be one of the largest. Picking a winner would be a totally subjective excercise... so I prefer to think of it as a gentlemanly challenge, for educational and amusement purposes.
128 caracters to explain the process and 256 caracters to justify it
As for the accomanying essay, I'll figure that one out later. ;)
2x3 inch display or print size ?
and i thought the orginal was 4x4 inch print size yep ;)
The final image needs to be 4x4 inches @ 72 ppi... So it would print out 4 inches square and look like garbage on paper. ;)
will the contest still be open ?
Oooohhhh.... I guess so. Just for you. ;)
what is the grandprize ?
The grand prize is the deep satifaction you get from just knowing, in your heart-of-hearts, that your image was the best of all.
"Best of all by what standards," you ask? Heck if I know... I'm not picking a winner. :) I'll post the results up so everyone can see the differences acheived with the various software packages and techniques everyone used.
I'll post the winners on Tuesday.