Sunday, December 1, 2013

50 SHADES OF GREY

In case you too are dismayed by the grey covering your newly upload photos and artwork, this post might help.
Last Sunday I uploaded several new headers I'd spend several days working on and BAM, they all appeared on a DARK GREY background instead of the pristine white of the original artwork. Cursing and muttering I uploaded the artwork numerous times, even old artwork, without success. 

I've been uploading header artwork the same way for years and never had this problem. The exact same artwork uploaded to TWITTER came out perfectly on a sparkling WHITE background so I knew it had to be a change on Google/ Blogger.

The AVATAR too, had a gray screen although not as dark as the header. Even artwork inserted into the blog post was covered with 5 different shades of GRAY:
On December 3, John Lechner and several people on Google Help Forums suggested unchecking the "Auto Enhance" box on my Google+ account.  I didn't have a Googl+ account so, in desperation, I created one and unchecked "auto enhance".  

Instantly, my header was all fixed so I cancelled my Google+ account and the header went back to being all GREY! WTF? Was Google practicing artistic extortion to get more accounts? More cursing and harsh words ensued.


Then on December 4th, I got a very helpful response from Matti Nescio to my plea for help on Google Help Forums (where there are MANY COMPLAINTS about Google's outrageous auto "enhancing"): "Do you  have Auto Enhance disabled ? Or upload the images in PNG format."

Bingo, this did the trick! The artwork was successfully uloaded without the grey and my Google+ account was cancelled without effecting the artwork.
Google, please rescind your appalling "auto enhance" feature immediately. Tampering with people's art is arrogant and evil. Boo! Hiss!
 BTW, which header/avatar, apart from the greyness, do you prefer?                 
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