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Old Sep 24, 2010, 3:44 AM   #1
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Default Resizing for web - which of these looks best?

Been trying a few experiments in resizing photos so they look best on the web and would appreciate some C&C on the options I've got so far. I'm using Paintshop Pro and also my AutoHDR on low settings so that I get the sharpening side-effect it produces without too much of the HDR effect:

Original was 3264x2448 and I'm resizing down in all cases to 400x300 which is quite small but a good test. Where I've used unsharp mask the settings are always radius=0.5, strength=10, clip=5

All saved and posted as .png to avoid jpeg artefacts

#1 Bilinear reizing in Paintshop Pro + Unsharp mask

#2 Bicubic resizing in paintshop pro

#3 Bicubic resize to 400x300 and processed in AutoHDR

#4 Bicubic resize to 800x600 in AutoHDR, processed then further bilinear resize to 400x300 in paintshop pro and unsharp mask

#5 Processed in AutoHDR at full resolution then bilinear resize to 400x300 and unsharp mask in paintshop pro:

My personal thoughts are that:
#1 is OK but a bit soft
#2 is a bit too pixelated for my taste
#3 is too coarse and looks a bit unnatural
#4 isn't bad
#5 is my favourite in terms of quality but AutoHDR is slow at full resolution

Comments and suggestions for other approaches welcome...
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