View Full Version : I need help with my linen-look overlay

10-25-2005, 01:07 AM
I have a linen-look overlay that is 24MB and I want to use it one some papers I have been designing, but I dont know how to make it smaller. I tried saving it as a .png file that made it smaller (14MB), but when I applied it to the papers and saved them as .jpg files, the .jpg file size was exactly the same for the .png one as it was for the .psd one. I am saving the .jpg files at maximum resolution and they are coming up at about 10MB to 17MB each. Can anyone help me? I remember there used to be a thread on making a linen overlay which is what I used in the first place, but I cant find it now, so I dont know if this question has already been asked and answered. Thanks for any advice in advance.

10-25-2005, 08:41 AM
Hi Suzy. The only thing I can recommend off the top of my head is to save your files at high quality: 10. Maximum quality: 12, makes file incredibly large. If you save the PNG and the JPEF at 10, I am sure you will see your file size drop dramatically and you won't lose any quality whatsoever. 10 is the lowest I would go, however. That said, when I am designing papers, they can range in size from 2 MB to 10 MBs depending on the intricacy.

Let us know if that worked.


10-25-2005, 09:08 AM
Thanks Susan - I will give that a try.

10-25-2005, 10:01 AM
Susan, I tried what you suggested and in some cases it more than halved the file size. Thank you so much!!!

10-25-2005, 10:52 AM
So then saving them as "10" will still look good? (I really need to know b/c my current kit is over 80mb!) Yikes! :confused_

10-25-2005, 10:59 AM
So then saving them as "10" will still look good? (I really need to know b/c my current kit is over 80mb!) Yikes! :confused_
yes! they still look good. :)

10-25-2005, 11:37 AM
Guys, let me give you a tip ok. I save my papers at 7, and they look great. In this case, bigger is not always better. I use filters and textures on my papers, and they would be HUGE if I saved at 10-12. Try the 7..you might notice a huge difference in your total kit/pp sizes. :)

10-25-2005, 01:23 PM
Personally, I wouldn't go as low as 7. I, too, save at 10. But if the page is still huge like over 10 megs at 10, I go to 9.


10-25-2005, 01:31 PM
Personally, I wouldn't go as low as 7. I, too, save at 10. But if the page is still huge like over 10 megs at 10, I go to 9.


Not to boast, but my papers are pretty smokin' at 7. :)

10-25-2005, 01:35 PM
Um, I save at 7 or 8 too! It looks fabulous and saves space!


10-25-2005, 04:27 PM
LOL Manda!

I usually save mine at 8. And my files are manageable. However, I have been wondering about print quality should someone choose to do paper LOs with my stuff. Maybe I should do a little experiment.

10-25-2005, 08:39 PM
I'm having difficulty finding the original tut on how to create your own overlay -- I've tried doing a search on the forum, but no luck... Can anyone point me in the right direction?

10-25-2005, 08:52 PM
SEVEN!?!? *insert a gooogly eyed emoticon here*
I normally save at level 10, and was scared to go below that, but now that other designers have given the "o.k.".....I'm gonna go for the 7.0. ;) I literally just saved a paper at level 10 that was 17MB. Crazy, huh? Being the dork that I am I'm going to do a comparison and see if there's any noticable difference in print quality.

10-25-2005, 09:56 PM
Yep 7! I use machine wash filters AND textures on my papers, and they always look great at 7. Even when printing, my papers look nice. I recently printed out some papers to make cards with and they were amazing. Here's some shots of the cards.

Using "Punkin' Pie"

Using "Hip For The Holidays"

Forgive the colors, I only had a lamp on at the time of these photos..but the papers turned out amazing. My layouts are always clean and crisp when I print them out too. :) Why is everyone so shocked by this?

10-25-2005, 11:40 PM
I did not know that you can save at 7 and have such great smokin' papers! Thanks for the tip guys!

10-27-2005, 06:53 PM
i've actually tested some print outs of papers saved at different qualities and 8 isn't bad....am going to try a 7 tonight. i've been told by even top professional photo printing services that nothing bigger than a 10 - not different!

10-27-2005, 11:21 PM
manda. did u use white cardstock to print??? they look awesome...!

10-29-2005, 10:56 AM
Thanks for this info! I have been saving at 12, and it is huge! Now I know I can save smaller!

10-30-2005, 01:21 AM
I was saving at 12 then I was told that 10 is just as good but a smaller file now that I know that 7 works great that's where it will stay. Thanx for the tip Amanda.:nerd:

10-30-2005, 01:28 AM
Yep..white cardstock Jas! I'm tellin' ya..7 is A-ok! :)

11-04-2005, 05:54 PM
Anyone try lowering the quality in DIP? Shelly at SBB said you can go down to 85, which I did. But some of my papers are still HUGE. Maybe I have something to attempt tonight huh?

11-04-2005, 10:37 PM
I have also saved mine at 7 in PS, because the files would be totally huge if I didn't (filters, blending layers, etc.)and they look great printed as well.

Annie Girl
12-14-2005, 06:07 PM
Wow, I feel like a Granny, who always saves at 12 just because that's what they taught me back in kindergartern. :) Who knew you could go so low? TFS. Do you save your layouts at 7 as well?