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File Sizing (long)

Finally, something I can contribute that I know about. :-)
I'm a professional artist... I don't grow irises, but I know how to help you get your best photos sized and prepared for the net. Someday I'll be asking for help on growing irises, so this is payment in advance. *smile*
First, don't feel intimidated by your scanner. No one knows this stuff from birth.. so don't feel badly about asking questions so you can learn.
Scanning software gives you some choices about how to set up the scan, usually before you hit the "go" button. Sizing can be called "dpi" (dots per inch- for the web, set it to 72 dpi) or "web" (it's most likely already set to default at 72 dpi) or something similar. If you scan at a high resolution, your photos will come out very large because the computer will show all those extra pixels (dots of color). Using settings for resolution which are usually used for printing, (such as 300 dpi and above) will result in huge amounts of photographic information, which means the picture will automatically be enlarged in a browser or email viewer.
If you have existing photos which are already large, you can reduce them by using a program which is designed to alter images pixel by pixel. These are "paint" or "photo" programs. The most commonly used are:
Jasc Software's "Paint Shop Pro" (Paint Shop Pro 7 is a free trial download, with a purchase price of about $99: This program is available only for the PC.  http://www.jasc.com/download_4.asp
Adobe's "PhotoDeluxe" (which often comes bundled with scanners. You can also buy versions for either Mac or PC, starting at $39.00 at http://www.adobe.com/store/products/photodeluxehe.html)
Using these programs:
Paint Shop Pro (PSP): Open your photo in PSP and at the top of the page is a menu bar offering a selection "IMAGE"- drag that down and choose "RESIZE". Be sure that both of the small buttons on the bottom of the window are clicked. They say "RESIZE ALL LAYERS" (this makes sure that all parts of the photo are reduced at the same time, and "MAINTAIN ASPECT RATIO" (this keeps the photo in proportion when it's reduced, rather than becoming too narrow or too wide.) Then, choose the top button in the window which says "Pixel size" and has two small windows with pixel sizes inside them. Your photo should be no larger than 400 pixels wide to be viewed comfortably in most browser windows. When you highlight the width and type in "400" you will notice that the height automatically adjusts itself, because you already chose the setting to "maintain aspect ration" (You're soo good.) If your width is set to 400 the rest of the photo should fit nicely in the screen unless it's tremendously long (which would be very unusual.) Hit "OK" and save your photo.
For Adobe PhotoDeluxe users:
Open PhotoDeluxe and choose "GUIDED ACTIVITIES" at the top. Select "Touch Up Photo" and then follow the easy directions under "Size and Orientation." It will walk you through the short process of resizing your photo step by step with easy to follow, onscreen directions.

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