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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 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
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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