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How To Save Your Images To The Web, And Look Like You Intended

By Anthony Thurston on February 25th 2015

It is a common problem that is discussed on nearly every social network, and on nearly every photography forum: How to save your images for the web so that they look the best when viewed on Facebook, or 500px, or any other website you may be uploading your images to.


Phlearn‘s Aaron Nace, courtesy of CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week, shares how to save your images for the web using Photoshop. This 8 minute video is a great step-by-step walk through for anyone who wants their images to look as great on the web as they do on their screen at home.

Aaron takes you through choosing your color space, what image format to save the file in, and what quality settings to use for the best results. This has got to be one of the most in-depth ‘saving for the web’ videos that I have seen personally, and it taught me some things that I was not aware of. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to check it out; your Facebook followers and photography site will thank you.

If you are exporting from Lightroom, you can take advantage of the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System‘s Export ‘Web/Blog/Email’ preset, which will also give you some great results.

What are your thoughts on saving your images for the web? What tips and tricks do you use to get the most out of your web images? Leave a comment below and share the info!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting

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  2. Graham Curran

    Useful info. Saved for later.

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    These tutorials helps us photographers a great deal and to think in other ways on how to do things in photoshop.

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  4. Vipul Jivan

    I have learnt a lot from the phlearn team, there tutorials are amazing!!!!

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  5. Sal Chan

    Awesome work, Aaron.

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  6. Simon Ashby

    Very informative presentation. Thank you.

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  7. Gurmit Saini

    Aron is amazing and I have learned so much about Photoshop from him, great article.

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  8. Isaak Kwok

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Ben Perrin

    Yeah, I can’t stand Facebook’s image compression. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at one of my images on facebook think “Gee, I swear it looked better than that”, only to look at the proper version and realise how much cleaner it is. The sad part is that facebook actually used to be worse. They used to not accept large images and compress those even more.

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  10. Emilio Savov

    Just for you to be polite, you’ve mentioned 500px :)))) .. so the Facebook is not by itself, as we all know that Facebook is THE only social media that screws your images like hell!!! :))) I’ve posted almost everywhere, 500px flawless, Google+ flawless, Viewbug, 1x, where ever you post images they look great … post it on Facebook and it looks like crap!!! Yes there are ways to make it look good on Facebook too, but it’s not even near the other social media websites :)

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  11. robert garfinkle

    I’m glad you posted this Anthony, thanks… I am bookmarking this for later –

    I can’t tell you how upsetting it is, to have taken a picture, cropped it, and maybe even do a bit of retouch on it, only to be totally disappointed after an upload – to say Facebook, and they mutilate, crunch, un-optimize, spindle, and trash the photo – looks like I took the photo with a cell phone camera from 6 years ago… AHHHHHH!!!

    Now, having said that – SLR Lounge does not appear to re-process the photo – what I post is what I get :)

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    • Stephen Jennings

      The only website I’ve ever had that happen to was ….. SLR lounge. Seriously, the profile slots are so tiny they just destroy the images. Which is honestly kinda funny since this is a photography based website. =P

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