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When you embed any static image onto Twitter, it tries to compress it down as a JPEG to save bandwidth. For photos, that's usually fine; JPEG was designed for photos. But digital art, infographics and screenshots usually look their best in the PNG image format. If you upload those as PNGs, Twitter will still compress them into JPEGs and they might come out crappy. Here's how to fix that.

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At a for-profit editorial outlet like Lifehacker, when we need an image for our posts, we can't just do a Google image search and slap up the first result. We have to use properly licensed photos. Sometimes we use our own original photos, sometimes stock images that we pay for, sometimes the millions of Flickr photos licensed for free use through Creative Commons.

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Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, unless thou pay Photobucket $500/year. The 14-year-old photo hosting site recently stopped letting outside sites display its photos for free, a move that instantly broke images on blogs, home pages, and eBay and Amazon listings, and infuriated longtime users. Some users are even having trouble downloading their own images, driving home an expensive lesson: Never trust a third-party site to hold onto your photos forever.

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Everyone loves group photos, but getting one where everyone looks natural when they know they're on camera isn't easy. The key is to look as relaxed as possible, even if you're the one taking the shot and encouraging your subjects to pose. Here's what we mean.

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Sharpening a photo digitally can be a helpful way to bring out the textures in a soft image, but sharpening too much can create an annoying 'ghost' effect around hard lines. Here's a better way to do it in Photoshop without overemphasising the hard edges.

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Adobe Photoshop is the market leader when it comes to photo retouching, image editing, and creating new images from scratch. However, for most people's needs, it may just be too many features to wade through, too much money to spend, or too complicated to use. Thankfully, there are plenty of powerful alternatives. Here's a look at five of the best.