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When opening a tif in Illustrator, making changes, and saving it as a gif, it becomes blurry, is there a better way to do this?

I currently use Illustrator to open up tif files, change sizes, and add caption text to each picture for our website.  Once I save this illustrator file as a gif for the website, it is slightly blurry.  Is it better to use photoshop to do this, or is there a better way to get a clearer picture using illustrator or photoshop? If so, can you explain how I should do this using photoshop or illustrator? Thank you in advance for your assistance!
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Hi cozmo,

It is definitely better to do it in Photoshop. Open your TIF and add text to it using the Type tool. The Type tool will creata a new layer for the text so that it can be moved around and resized without altering the layer with the image itself. Photoshop gives you different options to sharpen your text so that it look good when converted to GIF. After you're done you can save this composite file as a PSD (Photoshop native format) and then use ImageReady to optimize the file for the Web.

Good Vibes!

Thanks cozmo. Glad to be of help :o)

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