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I used to have no problem with altering images and then 'saving copy as'. But for some time now, any picture altered and saved and then opened up again has degraded - become pixelated. Doesn't matter if I've only cropped it and changed nothing else. This happens time and time again no matter what file I save it as. So I have to redo the alterations from a master copy every time I want it. Why has this stared happening? have I lost a bit of software somehow? And if so can i re-install it? I bought the software initially online - so don't have a disk to put in. THanks Jane

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  • janestrother Aug 24, 2008

    Sorry - the software is Paint Shop Pro 8.10. I am using JPeg. Not sure what you mean about checking colour depth - I want to save to the best quality depth.

  • robert hill
    robert hill May 11, 2010

    What software are you using to edit the pictures?

    Different graphics programs require different solutions. let me know what you are using and i will get yo a solution


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Ok when you save copy as or save as copy in paint shope pro, it gives you the option of what file format you want to save it as, usually it has the psp or painshop pr format as the default, you then change this to jpg, when you do this there should be an options button at the bottom right of the window. when you open up the options make sure that it has standard enoding selected and that the compression ratio is set low, around 20% is what you should be looking to set it at as a very safe number

That should fix the issue

Might want to update your software as well. PSP 8 is really old and is missing a lot of the features that Paint shop pro X2 has for example.

Even PSP 9 is a leap ahead

You can get PSP 9 for free here

Hope that helps

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As scanss says, the answer can only be as accurate as the question.

Broadly speaking though, when you save or "save copy", you are saving in a particular format, with particular format options.

Generally, you'd use JPEG... and with JPEG you can compress an image from almost no change right down to a very small file-size that will look absolutely horrid. This is true for most popular formats, so check any settings or options out when you are saving the file.

Also check your colour depth. 16bpp or 32bpp are standard and look fine, but if you are saving your high-quality images as GIF Files, they might be 8-bit colour and look nasty.

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