This one is hard to explain.
I'm going to over-explain it. If you don't want the background, you can jump down to the last two paragraph and probably still understand the question.
I'm currently creating a kick-ass SRS database in ANKI
to help me own the 1,500 (soon to be 3,000) Tradional-style Hanzi characters mapped out in the Heisig/Richardson
book "Remembering Traditional Hanzi"
If you don't already know, Heisig's approach is to break down characters into pseudo-radical components he calls "primitives". The user then makes up stories incorporating these primitives and uses them as mnemonics to recall the base character. It's surprisingly effective and the Japanese version of this approach (to remember Kanji) is wildly popular, spawning dozens of databases and a a strong online community
The Trad Chinese version provides endless headaches that the Japanese version doesn't suffer from, as there are significant variations between Trad fonts. Moreover, there is also significant difference between many "print" styles and their "handwritten" counterparts. Finding a single font to use in ANKI is simply impossible (and if the characters are not displayed to Heisig's preference, it sort of defeats the purpose of his methodic approach).
I've been reduced to generating .gifs of various characters.
This would have been necessary anyway, since many of the "primitives" do not exist as independent characters. So, I'd fire up PhotoShop, find a character that incorporates the primitive, and crop away everything else. I'm fine with that.
The PROBLEM is that I need to reduce these 100x100 pixel transparent .gifs of Chinese characters (and pseudo-characters) down to a size that will fit into a 12 or 14 point text sentence. I've had reasonable luck, but am loosing a bit too much detail, leaving be with somewhat fuzzy images.
Is there anyway (I'm using PhotoShop) that I can somehow compensate? Which format is best? Which mode? Resolution, etc?