Update available for download that fixes a few specific issues users have been coming across.
- Added pb_get_images_query filter. Right now this is unused, but will be used when available in a plugin we’re working on. Previous versions of PB will fall back to a slower method when that plugin is used.
- Updating quantities in the cart now updates all quantity fields.
- no_width, no_height, and no_dimensions attributes added to the pb_img shortcode so you can have ProofBuddy not specify either the width, height, or neither when outputting the large image. This is mostly for responsive themes where a max-width attribute is set in CSS.
- Added type attribute to the pb_cart_table attribute. You can now add type=div to the shortcode to output the list of thumbnails wrapped in divs instead of a table. This will take a bit more styling on your part though to make it look like a grid. The default is still a table.
Small update to the Crop Preview Plugin.
If this plugin was active, but the main ProofBuddy plugin was not it would cause an error on your site. That’s been fixed. Crop Preview now checks if ProofBuddy is active before loading itself.
Spend enough time looking for ways to make your site load faster and you’ll eventually come across advice on what DPI to use when saving your images. For this Tuesday Tip we’re going to look at why DPI really doesn’t matter.
DPI? What’s that?
DPI, or dots per inch, is a printing term that describes how many dots a given device can cram into an inch. Sure, that’s probably greatly oversimplified and someone with a more technical background may cringe at that explanation. But it works for what we’re talking about today.
The important part of that definition is that it’s a printing term. When you bought your last printer you probably at least glanced at the DPI it’s capable of. And yes, monitors also have a DPI. But it’s variable depending on how your monitor is set. Let’s say you have a 17″ monitor. It can be set to 1024×768 pixels or 1200×1024 pixels. Same physical size. Different number of pixels. Different DPI.
So what happens? The image is displayed on screen based on total pixel dimensions and the DPI is ignored. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the following images.
All four are 200×200 pixel squares. And the only difference between the four, aside from the background color, is the DPI they’re saved at. Each image is saved at the DPI shown in text from 1dpi up to 1000dpi. Don’t believe me? Save a couple and open them up.
And all are also roughly the same size, and that’s because DPI is just a very small little piece of information in the file header that tells a printer what it needs to know. Information that is ignored by monitors.
Short tip for this week…
Wedding cake image before any adjustments.
Back when I was shooting the first thing I would do in post processing was to compress the levels curve. Bring the left guide to the left edge and the curve and the right guide to the right edge of the curve.
But, better with pictures.
The image to the right is a starting image. Not terrible. But just a very average shot. There’s not much range in the image and it winds up looking very flat.
And I don’t have an example, but I did try auto adjustments in Photoshop and it did a lousy job.
So what we’re going to do is bring up the levels curves in Photoshop and do a bit of adjustment.
Take a look at the following two screen shots. They are a before and after of the levels curve on this image.
Original curves before any adjustments
Levels curves after adjustments
Notice in the original that there’s a lot of space between the right edge of the curve and the right guide. In the adjusted version they’re right on top of each other.
And here’s the original again along with the adjusted version of the same shot.
Wedding cake image before any adjustments.
Wedding cake after adjustments
It’s still not perfect, and could do with a bit more work. But for the 10 seconds it took to adjust the levels curve it looks quite a bit better.
Let’s say you’re setting up a website for your new photography business. Or, maybe you’re not happy with your current website and want to expand. It may be time to look at the different types of hosting. And, like most things web hosting related, there is a lot of room for confusion.
version, you’ll probably want to go with shared hosting
So, let’s take a look at the various types of hosting and why you would want to pick one over the other. We’re going to start at the lower end and move our way up to the high end.
Yes, it exists. No, you shouldn’t consider free hosting if you’re planning on using your site for a business.
Biggest flaw is that a free host will likely not offer any type of guarantee that your site will be up. Paid hosts typically have some type of guarantee that your site will be available a certain percentage of the time – typically 99+%. And if they miss the mark you will often get some type of refund. I haven’t ever come across a free host that makes the same type of promises.
Often you will also find that free hosts put advertisements on the sites they host to recoup costs. That may not be a problem if your site is something that’s just around for fun, but if you’re trying to make money with your site you don’t want ads for your competition on your site.
You also lose control. You can setup a free site at WordPress.com, and it’s the only free service that you should even consider. They at least don’t plaster ads on your site and have a very stable platform. But by going free, you lose a lot of control over your site. For example, you are limited to what themes and plugins you can use. And since you’re on our site, it’s important that we mention that ProofBuddy will not install onto a WordPress.com site.
If you’re really strapped for cash, look at shared hosting instead of free. For about 5 bucks a month you can get a fairly decent paid plan that will get you past the limitations of free hosting. Continue reading
CSS, or cascading style sheet, files are used by web browsers to determine how your page looks. Everything from color, to fonts, to margins, to images can be dictated by a CSS file. And CSS is a relatively simple skill to learn.
So let’s say you want to customize the CSS in your WordPress site. How? Where do you start?
Welcome to the first of what hopefully will be part of a continuing series of tips. And since we’re planning on publishing these tips on Tuesdays we’re going to call them Tuesday Tips.
Today we’re going to start with a tip that came from an email exchange last week. A new ProofBuddy user was having issues with their full sized images looking very pixelated. No matter what size she set for her images, they were always the same size and looked terrible.
Looking at her site, she was right. The images looked bad. But it had nothing to do with the image itself. Turns out her theme was set to make the images the width of the screen no matter how wide the actual image file was. And when that happens your browser will upsample the image to the right size. Problem is, browsers typically do a lousy job of this.