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Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 8:11
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] File Sizing
Deb, Thank you so much for your instructions.
I did not have any of the image editors but I did have others. I was able,
along the similar lines, able to find the 'Resize' function which I had not
noticed earlier. Thank you again.
Finally, something I can contribute that I know
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
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)
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
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
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