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    Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2003/??)

    A friend of mine sends a 4-page Christmas card each year that contains 8 photos. He is currently having this card printed professionally. He would prefer to send it as an attachment in Outlook.

    Many of his recipients are unable to receive an attachment of its current size. Is there ANY way he can get the photos or document down to a reasonable size that can be opened by Hotmail, dial-up, and any other e-mail service?

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    How large are the photos? When sending in an email, I suspect they could be made quite small, maybe 640x480? If so, using medium JPEG compression, they should be pretty lightweight. Something like MS Photo Editor (in Office 2000) can save to a different size with an adjustable level of compression, so I suspect the new thing in Office 2003 can, too. Or download Irfanview.

    If the goal is to send the same print-quality photos by e-mail that previously were distributed as prints, that's not such a good use of bandwidth. Perhaps it would be better to host it on a web site and circulate a link.

    Added: Oh, it's a Word document. Word has some kind of photo compression feature for photos, but I've never tried it. If that doesn't help, reimporting smaller images probably will. Note that Word will scale the photos to fit the margins, and that can make them appear fuzzy when viewed on screen. It's a trade-off: clearer on screen vs. higher quality for printing. PDF has the same compromise.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    I find the word compression works very well for the function described and would recommend it as by far the easiest method for word users who don't want to be bothered by geeky things.

    Insert the picture(s) into your word document and drag it to the size you want, then, on the picture toolbar select 'compress pictures'
    Personally I find 200dpi is an excellent compromise for mere mortals.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    I have made use of the Microsoft PowerToy called Image Resizer (work your way down the right-hand column). When installed, it becomes part of the right-click menu in Windows Explorer ("Resize Pictures") from which you can choose one of four standard sizes, or can set up your own custom size via an Advanced button. You can do this with one or a whole host of pictures! Very straightforward, and gives no problems.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    I don't have 2003, but I found the feature in 2002. A test document I created with 8 photos is 700Mb. I compressed "all" pictures in the document at 200 dpi, and then saved it as a new document. The file size did not change. Should the file size have changed?

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    The best method is to make the images smaller before inserting within Word. I use the "Image resizer" from the MS Power Toys. I resize the images to the size I want and this requires NO clipping or cropping in Word. The word file will be much smaller. I also will at times change the jpg to gif, which will make the file size smaller yet.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    That might mean that the photos already were saved at 200 dpi or less, so Word didn't do anything to them.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    I am going to send him a link to this thread so he can see all of your suggestions. The Image Resizer that you and John have suggested may make enough of a difference to make the process feasible. Saving it as a .gif file may also help. I may have to try the Image Resizer for a project of my own.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    Be aware that the image resizer ONLY works with Windows XP.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    I did not realize that. Thanks for making me aware.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    If you're after something that will work on any version of Windows, I'd recommend IrfanView. It's very adept at batch operations, like Batch-Resizing Images and is a very popular <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware program for image manipulation generally.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    Just as a footnote, JPEG is the best compression method for photographs, and PNG is best for screen shots. GIF works well when there are very few colors (like lounge emoticons), and supports transparent backgrounds, but it makes ugly (and large) photo files.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    Thanks for this information. I, personally, don't work with graphics much and do a lot of trial-and-error to get my results.

    The photos were originally in .JPEG from a digital camera and may have been about as small as I could get them. Perhaps IrfanView can help from this point. It's nice to see it has been recommended a couple of times here. I will certainly take a look at it.

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    700MB - really MEGA bytes and not 700KB?

    Eight pictures, in word, taking 700KB would be about what I'd expect, depending on size of picture.
    If all eight fitted on one page, then that would be a different story and I'd expect less - say 150KB or so <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Decrease Photo Size for Attaching to E-mail (2

    700 could be very true, with all of these new cameras making the hugh files. remember that bigger is better. Even the use of a scanner, the images are in the 100 of megs in size.

    Word does not reduce the size of the inserted photo, it just reduces the VIEWING size (Zoom) of the image. This is why you can resize the viewing size by dragging the sides and corners.

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