Jamie Thomson

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Does sharpen help or hinder?

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I’ve been noticing of late that some of the pictures I publish to this blog via Windows Live Writer (WLW) don’t look particularly great. Here’s one such example: http://jamiethomson.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!550F681DAD532637!1740.entry

Scott noticed as well and he contacted me about it earlier so I decided to investigate a bit further. There are 4 pictures below that are all of the same screenshot i.e. The results from the Windows Vista Live Search gadget when searching for "Billie Swamp Safari" which I visited yesterday. Two of the pictures were copied and pasted from mspaint.exe into WLW, the other two were saved from mspaint.exe and inserted using WLW’s ‘Insert Picture’ feature. Also, two of them had WLW’s ‘Sharpening’ effect applied to them, the other two did not. That gives four permutations overall. The four pictures are shown below:

  1. (Top left) Copy-paste from mspaint.exe No sharpening applied.
  2. (Top right) Copy-paste from mspaint.exe. Sharpening applied.
  3. (Bottom left) Insert picture from hard drive. No sharpening applied.
  4. (Bottom right) Insert picture from hard drive. Sharpening applied.

[Note that depending on how you view this blog entry the pictures may not appear as I described above. Hence I’ve applied watermarks to make it obvious.]

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I’m no imagery expert so I’ll ask you instead, which do you think is the best? Tell me in the comments and we’ll see which comes out with the most votes.

By the way, on the blog entry linked to at the top of this one I also used WLW’s ‘Color Pop’ effect so maybe I’ll investigate the effects of that another day. It was also published from WLW beta 2 whereas this one is from WLW beta 3.


Written by Jamiet

September 23, 2007 at 5:18 pm

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  1.  Personally, they kind of look the same at first. Not too much of a difference.
    But on a closer examination, the 2nd and 4th one are much better. You can tell by comparing the bezel at the top of the results.
    So obviously, sharpening helps a lot. The 2nd and 4th one both look nice, and I can’t see any less quality between them. So that’s my opinion.


    September 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm

  2. The bluriness in your previous post is because the image is sized to be greater than 600×600. When you published, you should’ve gotten a warning that images larger than 600×600 would be resized. So in effect that means the HTML is stretching a <600×600 picture to be >600×600, which makes it blurry. We’re going to try to fix this in a future release.
    And also please make sure you’re using WLW Beta 3 (Help | About should show 12.0.1277.816), we fixed some additional bluriness issues.
    Hope that helps!


    September 24, 2007 at 4:29 am

  3. Thanks Joe. I did get that message you’re right, I never anticipated it would have as much effect as it did. 
    Good to know that you guys are on top of this. Thanks for stopping by here.


    September 24, 2007 at 6:56 am

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