Location:at the bottom of a stair whose top is invisible with light
Venting about Webtoons, I covet your thoughts and prayers. If anyone has similar experiences or can explain why this is such a popular comic site, I'd love to know because what the heck.
Me: Okay, time to upload some pages to Webtoons. I've already formatted my pages for mobile to put on Tapas so this should be easy.
Webtoon: lol what is this PNG you speak of, JPG only.
Me: okay.... dumb but easy change
Webtoon: Also each file must be under 800x1280
Me: Oh- okay, Tapas lets me make really tall files with nice continuity so... I guess I have to undo all of that.
Webtoon: The thumbnail should be NOT SQUARE.
Me: You're not cute or quirky.
100 hours later
Me: Okay I have met all of your demands, here are my files
Webtoons: Loading.... 16/17 files
"To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world...."
I started on webtoon converting to vertical scroll format and now I feel committed to it and it's 1-2 hours of painful cutting out and resizing panels every time and IF it wasn't technically my biggest readerbase I wouldn't bother
And when you find one of your panels is a little too tall and it's one near the start so you upload a new one and spend ages slowly dragging the panel up to the top because the upload box is TOO SMALL
Also I hate jpegs in general, twitter and instagram both convert everything to really lossy jpegs and it looks so trash sometimes
I gotta say I'm not huge on Web Toon's search engine either. I like finding lesser known comics that way, but I never really find anything I'm interested in as there is no clear... Way to search for things. Not to mention that the results page is very small and not great for browsing design wise. It's just a mess...
Of course, this is in the browser. Maybe it is different on the phone? But like. At this point, the site has given me such frustration I can't bring myself to bother.
PNG! it's not lossy so you don't get degradation and weird artefacts
Twitter does a conversion to jpg automatically:
you can mostly see how it's trashed the red. It gets worse the more you save a jpeg while a lossless format like PNG remains nice n clean and crispy
deo101:I also don't understand why they don't allow formats other than JPEGs, but I can understand the size limit.
They probably limit it to jpeg because of loading times, lossy compression = smaller file size which is especially important for those huge scroll pages with loads of images. I guess they couldn't work out how to/be bothered to do an automatic conversion :/
It is clunky uploading to webtoons, I’ve found the quickest way for me without losing too much quality is using keyboard shortcuts to quickly export my panel pngs to jpgs in gimp. At a high quality setting you barely lose that much quality on gimp, I’m just too lazy to even do these steps though haha. Exporting straight to jpg in manga studio is iffy otherwise i’d just use jpgs for every mirror.
Sovember: Exporting straight to jpg in manga studio is iffy otherwise i’d just use jpgs for every mirror.
I only recently started using Clip Studio Paint, and I find that exporting to anything is iffy if it involves reducing the pixel count very much. If there are controls for anti-aliasing, I don't know where to find them, and the default process goes for harsh stair-stepping in PNG and JPEG both.
In theory, btw, PNG should only be superior to JPEG when there is a limited color palette and less tonal gradients. High quality JPEGS SHOULD be a good format for full-range images if the conversion is direct to the final format and they don't keep getting resaved or resized on the fly. I think with so many different screen types these days, every display application is resizing images on the fly to fit the screen, and it makes a mess.
I'm no expert, so at this point I just go for what looks good on the hardware I use- a Surface Pro 4- and let the rest fall where it may.