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This is mostly for the LJ staff for I did not know where else to ask.

I'm learning to creat mood themes with my LJ account. What I'm running into is that I use the mood editor and scaled down the width and the height. When I load it up it comes up as 50 by 50 AFTER I post the blog. When I get ready to update and I click on the mood I wish to choose, the image reverts to the orginal size that is on my Scrapbook. Also a friend says when it comes up when he views his friends page it winds up being 1536 by 1024 and chews up his bandwidth. When I look at the posted blog it looks 50 by 50.

1. Could you tell me what you see and what size the mood theme is when you read my blog and if the orginal size pops up. Plus can you tell me why the orginal size pops up when I choose the them before I post.

2. Do I have to resize all the images that I wish to use to 50 by 50, before I load them to mood editor? (the smallest it will do is 100 by 64. When I do it the long way. *You don't want to know the long way of how I do it.*

Any help from the LJ staff woud be great. Sorry for posting the question here.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not LJ "staff" per se, but I notice two things:

1. None of your mood theme images are public, so no one (staff or otherwise) is really going to be able to give you a definitive answer on what's up with your images unless they're on your friends list.

2. You're have height="50" width="50" in your img link. Now, you may have already scaled your image in a graphics conversion program and are just providing the height and width to be nice to viewers, but it's probably more likely that you're using the height and width attributes to 'scale' the mood images in the browser.

This is a very bad idea. What this does is forces your browser to download the full 1536x1024 image and then resize the image in your browser -- you really haven't resized the image at all - the end-user's browser still has to download the whole full-sized image and then attempt to cram it into a 50x50 space.

If this is what you're doing, you probably need to actually resize the images yourself and store the resized images on your hosting (pics.lj or otherwise). Apologies if this is what you've already done, I can't tell as I can't see which images are included in your mood theme.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
The problem is though, that if you ask a support question about this kind of thing, you're pretty much just going to get sent to this community. FotoBilder is officially 'in beta' and 'not supported'. Actual bugs might get dealt with, but just general not being sure how to use the system isn't at the moment going to get assistance beyond the most basic details.

It's a bit of a problem, that there's this great photo hosting service which is as near as damnit undocumented and the official channels aren't really available to help people use it. But that's LJ all over; features come first, documentation and customer relations a long way second.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
I scrolled down your journal, and I could see just this entry with mood pic: http://www.livejournal.com/users/dragon001/64999.html Shows up as 50 by 50 to me. I also looked at that scrapbook image, and I agree with the first comment -- resizing in a browser is a very bad idea for the reasons he listed. Also the original image isn't square, so making it a square distorts it so it's barely recognizable. You should use an image-editing software so you can get much better results.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
I've said this before on a related image sizing issue. If you still have all the files saved locally, go to microsofts website and download "image resizer" for XP if you're running that OS. Its in the power toys section. Its free and you can resize lots of images by once. You can also set the max resolution to 50 on both ends and keep the aspect ratio.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, your mood images aren't resized. You'll probably have to do it the "long way" to do it right.
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Date:April 4th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for you advice. Last night as shut down for the night I realize that none of you would see my mood themes since they are filtered.

I just now downloaded visualizer IB and Visualizer 2.2. I will also try the MS product.

Time to do it the long way. Again thanks everyone.
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