Resize photos for better onscreen viewing
Tips for reducing photo size to share electronically
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Half the fun of taking photos is sharing them. E-mail, desktop wallpaper, and Web pages are great places to show off your pictures—as long as you adjust their size before sending or posting them so viewers can fully appreciate the photos on their screens. If you've ever received a photo by e-mail that was too large to view on your screen without scrolling, you've experienced what happens when the sender doesn't resize images before sharing them.
Photo resolution and image size
Large files can take up too much space on your computer and make it difficult to e-mail or upload photos to the Web. This 10MB photo may be difficult for some people to open or view.
Photo files from today’s high-megapixel digital cameras are very large, and it’s important to resize them before sharing via e-mail or posting them online.
For example, if you take a full-quality photo with a 10-megapixel camera and then send it to a friend without resizing it first, the recipient won’t be able to view the entire photo without scrolling.
Or, if the photo file is too large, they won’t be able to open the e-mail. That’s if the message even makes it to the recipient’s e-mail inbox—most e-mail providers such as Yahoo! or Gmail often have image attachment limits of 10-20MB (megabytes) per e-mail.
Tips for resizing and sharing photos
A 640 x 480 photo (the standard “small” pixel size option for resizing in many photo-editing programs) will fit nicely on an e-mail page.
Some resolution guidelines to follow:
- Lower-resolution photos are ideal for e-mailing and onscreen viewing.
- Keep in mind that there are file size limitations with some e-mail accounts. Try to keep your e-mail attachments less than two megabytes—that’s large enough to send several smaller-sized photos or a single medium-to-large image for printing.
- You can send a medium-to-large photo file via e-mail if the recipient wants to print a good-quality photo print or use the image as desktop wallpaper.
How to resize photos for e-mail or online
To resize your photos, select Resize from the file menu—or select your photo and right click with your mouse.
When you select your photo size, you can choose from smaller (640 x 480), small (800 x 600), medium (1024 x 768) and large (1280 x 1024) sizes.
Fortunately, it’s easy to resize digital images once they’ve been downloaded to a computer.
Here’s how you can resize your photos using free Windows Live Photo Gallery photo software:
- Select the photo(s) you want to resize, and then, on the File menu, click Resize.
- In the Resize dialog box, select the size you want to make the photo.
- Click Resize and Save. The program will save the resized file in the same location as the original, and will add the dimensions to the file name of the smaller copy. For example, if the original photo is named "Yellowstone" and is saved in your Pictures folder, the resized photo is named "Yellowstone (1024x683)" and is also in the Pictures folder.
Resize photos for the Web
If you’re posting photos on a Web page, consider how many photos will be displayed on the page before resizing.
Many photo sharing and social networking sites have photo size restrictions, so you’ll have to resize your larger images before uploading.
Every photo takes up available screen pixels, so the more photos there are on a page, the smaller each needs to be in order to fit.
Photos also require time to download, so web pages load more slowly when there are multiple images (and more pixels). Do site visitors a favor and keep images relatively small to save time.
If you size your image to 800 x 600 pixels, for example, this will give you an easy-to-view photo for your blog or website, while also keeping the file size down. Plus, you can put several photos of this size on one page without slowing the page download time.
On several photo sharing website, blog, or social networking site, there may be image file size limits—another reason to resize your photos before you share. Other sites, like Snapfish, have uploading tools that will resize images for you.
To size images just right for the web, use Windows Live Photo Gallery and follow the same steps listed in the previous section.
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