I'm not sure if this would be a good topic for here or another place such as Desktop Screenshots, but I wanted to get some discussion on something.
I have a number of graphics files intended to be desktop backgrounds (1800 right now to be precise) that I'm trying to sort out based on quality and other factors and burn to disk. Now I figure one can apply certain standards to those as to figure out what is crap and what isn't and what is best used for each kind of thing.
My first thought in having that many is to create a program to sort these files based on certain criteria. I can get some numerical tests out of the file resolutions, but the main issue is knowing what is best.
1. In sorting by resolution, I've found there really isn't anything consistent = in one case, I had sorted files of 1600x about 20 other widths. So the question in having so many file resolutions (I ended up with about 100) becomes how do you generically group up files? I can assume higher resolutions are better than lower in files that aren't meant to be textured. Where would you set the lines (i.e. less than xxxx is low-res, etc)? What resolution is too low to keep around (i.e. crap), and how is this determined? What becomes high resolution, or otherwise? Basically, I'm asking if there's a good way to group these up.
2. Then, there's the issue of aspect ratio. I can divide width by height and get an aspect ratio value, representative of whether it's more a full screen image, wide screen image, or the like. But again, I get a multitude of these and nothing uniform. I know 1.33333333333 is strict full-screen and 1.6 or so is strict wide-screen, but is there a good variance that's acceptable without too much stretching or the like? Can one block out wide-screen images on a full-screen monitor and make them okay? Or a fullscreen onto a widescreen? Is there anything different for other devices? I know I've got a few double-width files, I presume are for double-monitor situations? Then some weird half-width ones. Are those for mobile devices?
I guess where I'm at is that I'm not really sure what's the best way to handle this and am looking for some advice on how to sort images so as to identify the device they'd best fit on and identify what is good to keep and what is crap. Or am I just overthinking it? So, any ideas?