I learned an number of years ago that in order to make photos look better on the web it’s good to sharpen the image. This is easily done in Adobe Photoshop Elements (I use the newest version 7.0, but I believe the process is the same for all other versions). Open your photo in Photoshop Elements – Resize your image and lighten shadows as discussed in previous posts. Then click on “Enhance” and “Adjust Sharpness” I suggest sliding the box under “Radius” to .5 pixels – you will be able to see if the image looks better. To check out how it might look differently, slide along the bar until you find what looks best to you. Now click OK.
In the future instead of clicking on “Adjust Sharpness” you can click on “Auto Sharpen” as you have already set the sharpness that you desire. Your pictures will now look even better on the web.