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    Emailing Digital Photos

    I have photos that I want to resize and email and then allow people to print the photos. I have used ImageResizer to resize my photos. It all works, but the quality is pretty poor. How can I reduce the size of an image but not the quality(resolution). I want people to be able to print the photos and get good quality photos. Does anyone have any tips on emailing photos and not lossing the resolution? Is it the program I am using, should I be using another application?

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    When you say 'resize', do you mean the file size or the picture size?

    For file size,have you tried compressing them with something like Winzip?

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    I mean the file size. I have tried Winzip but thought the file is still big. Let me explain - I have photos which are 572kb after using Winzip the file size is 558kb and another file is 1015kb after using Winzip the file size is 1002kb. I would think that these files would be too big to email. If I had a couple of photos it would take for ever topen if I had dial up. When I resize the photos I loose too much of the quality.
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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    High resolution photographs take up a lot of space, there's not much you can do about it. Photographs are usually stored as .jpg files, this is already a compressed format. Many graphics application let you set the quality factor when you save a .jpg file; this is a number on a 1-100 scale. The higher the number, the higher the quality and the lower the compression. You could experiment with the quality factor.

    <post#=518,226>post 518,226</post: > contains two links to information about this subject.

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    Instead of mailing, would sharing your photos using one of the photo-sharing sites work for you? You upload your images, and just send your friends the links to view them.

    http://www.photobucket.com/

    http://www.imageshack.us/

    There are a bunch of these.

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    But on dial-up, viewing them on the web would take as long as downloading them in an email, no?

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    I also am disappointed with the way that ImageResizer ruins the qualiity of an image when it resizes it. I have had excellent results with Adobe's Photoshop Elements. It allows you to resize the image to the dimensions you want for email and lose very little quality. If you choose to go this route, I can give you a quick step-by-step to resize an image with this software. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    I thought that it might be ImageResizer. I also thought that Photoshop should be able to do it. If you could give me quick instructions that would be great.
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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    I'm not familiar with ImageResizer. Is that part of Windows?

    Anyway, as noted above, there is a feature of Photoshop Elements that "batch processes" photos. I can tell it to copy/convert everything from a folder of 8 megapixel (3MB) images to 640x480 medium quality into a new folder. This is good for "quick and dirty" sharing and previewing. It's waaay faster than doing them individually, although you have no control over the details of any particular downsizing.

    If you don't want PSE or don't have the budget for it, I suspect that IrfanView can do the same thing (I have never tried it). Others may also have favorite tools.

    Added: in PSE 2, there is a file menu item named something like Process Multiple Files and in PSE 3 it is on the file menu but has a slightly different name, like Batch processing.

    I just re-read your post and you want to let people print your images. For best quality, try a photo sharing site. Some have unlimited free storage, others are for a limited time. Some are free but have advertising, while others have a 10MB trial and cost a few bucks for more space, but don't assault your friends with pop-ups. But the idea is that for printing, you really do want to supply a relatively high quality image. Some less annoying sites to consider include PBase (not integrated with printing, I don't think), Fotki, and Costco.com.

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    Open the image in Photoshope Elements and the select Image>Resize>Image Size (see screenshot) and then change the size to one that will email well (800x600 works well) and then go to File>Save as (Save as, not simply Save or you will change your original image) name the file and set the location you want to save it to, set the quality level to about 8 (10 for better prints but longer transfer times via email) and OK. I'll attach a resized image in my next post.
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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    Sorry, the Lounge software is preventing me from attaching a 640x480 image (106 kb) resized from 1900x1425 (376 kb). <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Edited by Doc, Friday AM - It was late when I was doing this last night and it didn't register that the image I was trying to post was over 100kb, the Lounge limit. I adjusted the quality of the image down to level 6 (medium) from level 8 (high) and got a size I can post. The quality is still pretty decent, and you won't have the same restrictions with your email and can create better quality images to send for your friends to print. HTH. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    It is one of the Microsoft Power Toys

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    <hr>If you don't want PSE or don't have the budget for it, I suspect that IrfanView can do the same thing (I have never tried it). Others may also have favorite tools.<hr>

    Yes, Iranfview can do this through Image.. Resize/Resample (Ctrl-R).


    I'll have to look at ImageResizer again. I've been installing this on people's machines and telling them to use it. If it's going to screw people's images up, I should stop.

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    Nice flower! And 640x480 is perfect for e-mailing. However, for purposes of making a 4x6 print, I would prefer to have 150 pixels per inch or more (600x900 or more).

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    Re: Emailing Digital Photos

    Glad you like it !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> It's a Purple Clematis. The picture came from the Webshots Community.

    I agree that for printing purposes it should be a minimum of 800X600. I went with the 640X480 to keep within Lounge standards and still show that the image quality is maintained by Photoshop Elements. And it is perfect for emailing. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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