> I'm new to Gimp and graphic design. I was able to create a logo with a
> transparent background. However, when I convert to jpg gif or png and then
> upload to my server (or insert into Word or PDF) it's fuzzy around the
Scaling is one reason for the fuzziness, the second is compression.
JPEG, GIF, and PNG are compressed formats (though PNG can be
uncompressed), so the compression can lead to fuzziness around the
edges. You could try to save in an uncompressed format, or reduce the
compression (i.e. if you save JPEG and you get that slider during
export, push it all the way up to 100).
In general though, a logo is an image that gets a lot of use. It will
likely be scaled or compressed for various different paper sizes,
Internet publication, banners, etc. It's a good idea to do logo design
in an inherently scalable (a.k.a vector) format (i.e. Scalable Vector
Graphics Format... SVG). I don't mean to knock Gimp on the Gimp list,
but it might not be the right tool for the job. Inkscape is an open
source tool for designing scalable images. Adobe Illustrator is a
proprietary alternative. They don't have the powerful tools that Gimp
does for creating really exotic images, but that is likely a moot point
for a logo.
If you create your image in a scalable format you can also use it in
your PDF documents without any loss of quality... regardless of whether
that document is a letter-head, or a building-sized banner. If you
include your logo as a 2 inch wide image, and then someone who is
reading your document blows it up to 1000%, the logo will still be
crystal clear. This, of course, depends on what you use to create your
PDF. Word, for instance, may render the scalable image to a bitmap, and
then save the bitmap in the PDF.
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