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Hi, I'm brand new to trying out scrapbook and I went back several pages to try to find an answer to this, but couldn't. Please let me know if I missed a FAQ document and forgive me if this newbie question is covered elsewhere.

I'm not at all competent with html or styles, so maybe I need to wait for the non-beta test version. I am very picky about my photography displaying correctly. I would just like the pictures in my galleries NOT to be resized. The resized results are horrible, and nothing I can use.

I *think* I tried every provided style, but they all resized most of my photos - and left them so blurry and full of artifacts that I'm afraid that I'll not be able to use the scrapbook at all.

So, does any LJ provided style display the photos at the original posting size? Because I can't find any that do. :(

The photo that is suffering the most is here: http://pics.livejournal.com/great_eye/pic/0000aega/g1 - I can see that at http://pics.livejournal.com/great_eye/pic/0000aega the photo is correctly displaying (note it is just a smidgen bigger, but no blur or artifacts), but if there are no LJ provided styles that will display the original uploaded photo, I'll just have to delete my galleries and keep using the old fashioned and tedious way of uploading my photos to my photo hosting site and linking them in the text of my posts. I'd rather use scrapbook if it is possible (WITHOUT having to teach myself html and styles.)
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From:paulkakley
Date:March 13th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
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I viewed your pics at both http addresses, they looked great to me. I looked throught the other five in your gallery and they looked really good also. I have heard of this happening on other platforms and other browsers.
I am using a 20"cinema display on an apple g5 dual 2.0 ghz. using safari as a browser. The pics are really incredible and look great from here!
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From:vret
Date:March 13th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I can see the difference between the 2 pictures quite easily using Firefox on Windows.

Looking at the source in the gallery page it says
<img src="/great_eye/pic/0000aega/s640x480" border='0' width="367" height="480" alt="0000aega" />
which is definitely resizing it (the picture is actually 390x510).
From:paulkakley
Date:March 13th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I definately see what you are saying when I view the images in Internet Explorer. However, the image is resized only in the gallery wiew mode. If you click on the image first from the journal page to the gallery. and then to the full size image view in your browser, you will see the full size (and quality) image.
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From:great_eye
Date:March 13th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)

Yes, I know

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My problem is with gallery view - what I need is a gallery view that DOES NOT resize my photos if I'm to use this scrapbook here.

Thanks for looking at it.
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From:vertamae
Date:March 13th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm using Firefox and Windows '98, and the photos look great to me too. :)
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From:vertamae
Date:March 13th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Love your photos, by the way!
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From:great_eye
Date:March 13th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)

Thank you

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Thanks! But since I sell my photography, I need to control any resizing done. I'm guessing I'll have to scrap the scrapbook.
From:paulkakley
Date:March 14th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you

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You could just place a disclaimer, and suggest that the images are reduced in quality, and a higher resolution image may be viewed by clicking the image. Another option might be to contain your preview image in a standard 640X480 "box" or multiple of it.
Best of luck... Your images are GREAT!
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From:cindy_m
Date:March 18th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
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I have the same issue (though my images are far from professional—yours are gorgeous!). The only style I found that made it possible to see my pics at full size was "stranded," but that's only if I give the user the link to the first picture in the gallery (like so: http://pics.livejournal.com/cindy_m/pic/000111x7/g10) and then they can click through all the pics.

I'm not fond of the style otherwise.

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From:great_eye
Date:March 18th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
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thanks for the response (and compliment!). I guess scrapbook is just not made for users like me who are serious about the display quality of photos. I'll just keep using (and paying) my current photo host.

Unfortunate, it would have been much easier to do this all in one place.
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From:dgriswold
Date:April 10th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
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Maybe you already figured this out, as this is old, but you can at the very least stop paying for image hosting by using scrapbook. That is, you can upload the images into scrapbook and then link to the un-resized image in your own posts. For example, the example you give could be put in your LJ by an img tag linking to http://pics.livejournal.com/great_eye/pic/0000aega (with NO final slash). That will result in this:



As you can see, that's not resized. Of course, users could still browse your galleries, and thus accidentally see the resized versions that are included in the gallery view, but if they're doing that then they probably know they'll have to click through to get the full-res image (I only use the thumbnails/resized images as a vague impression of the images, myself, always clicking through for remotely interesting pictures).
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From:dgriswold
Date:April 10th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
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Oh! I can actually help you with this, as I just figured out how to do it. It's not the prettiest solution in the universe, but it does work.


I made a simple modification of the Super Simple layout that uses unresized images in the single-image page. You can see an example of the style in use at http://pics.livejournal.com/dgriswold/pic/00005d2z/g5 . If that looks adequate for now (until, maybe, the providers of the default styles realize that this should be an option, at least) then I'll talk you through setting it up.

1) Go to this text file (open in a new window): http://wyvern.caltech.edu/~nova/style.txt
2) Copy the text
3) In a new window, go to Your Layers
4) In the "Create top-level layer" Type box, choose "Layout" and hit the "Create" button.
5) A new layout layer should appear in the table above with the name (none). Edit it.
6) Paste the text from the text file into the box (replacing what's in it)
7) Push the Compile button. It should say something like "S2 Compiler Output - No Errors" at the top after a moment.
8) Choose "<< Your Layers" at the top, then "<< Advanced Customization" then "<< Normal Customization"
9) Either edit your main style to use the "Super Simple (no resize)" layout or make a new style that uses it. You can now customize the colors and whatnot as you see fit, though the built-in color themes won't be there.

Hope that helps! Sorry if I was a little over-simplistic in my directions giving. If you need help getting this working, comment back or email me. I could also probably make you modified versions of one of the other styles (excepting Portfoloroid, Smoove, or Vestibule) if you'd prefer.
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