Image information

The images on this page come from a large variety of sources, and we do not always have images of the quality we would prefer. (Assistance in providing better images is always gratefully received.)

Here is some technical information on our images. (Not all our images meet these standards, but this is the ideal we are working towards.)

Type Size Compression Subsampling Comments
Thumbnail 200 pixels high 50 YUV411 Picked to minimize image size, to reduce page size (for large series), and also to minimize file size, and thereby reduce page loading time.
Full-screen <1000 pixels high 30 or 50 YUV422 Picked to produce a roughly screen-sized image - 1000 pixels high, if we have an image with that much resolution, otherwise the best we have - with modest loading time (for people on slow connections, e.g. dialups).

If this is the largest image we have, the compression level is 30 (to produce a very good image - see below); otherwise it will be 50 (to minimize the size and loading time, as the larger image will be available for high image quality).

Large >1000 pixels high 30 YUV422 The largest image we have of the print, if we have one better than our 'full-screen' image. Sometimes there is more than one, if our best-quality image has issues (e.g. trimmed margins).

The compression level of 30 is picked to reduce image file size as much as possible, without losing image quality; extensive experimentation has showed that the large areas of block colour in typical woodblock prints respond well to this level of compression, without producing decompression artifacts.


Note that our larger images generally contains watermarks - this is to protect the people and institutions who have provided our images. If someone has a particular need for images without watermarks, they should contact us and we can discuss it.

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Last updated: 24/July/2009