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Thread: A plea for smaller pictures (for our Gallery, and in general)

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    A plea for smaller pictures (for our Gallery, and in general)

    I know this has been discussed in the past, but thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention again. Please be careful with the size of the pictures you post. Recently, I've had to skip adding a couple of beautiful quilts to the gallery, because the photos were too big. The Album area, which now is the location of our Gallery, will only accept files up to 1.91M.

    In my opinion, however, that size allowance is extremely generous. Much smaller files are usually just as viewable on the site.

    Because of where I live, I do not have broadband access; my internet connection is via a 3G modem, with a limited amount of data per month. So, it really chews up my monthly allowance viewing some of the photos on our Board. And, it's not exactly speedy, either!

    So, keep the pictures coming ... but put them on a diet!

    Thanks
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    I can't even find the size allowed to be posted in the many rules in Pictures. i've forgotten. i know it's not huge though.

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    I think the problem is that many do not know how to resize pictures.
    I think a guide on the recommended "how many pixels X how many pixels" would be helpful.

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    It's mostly plain laziness not to resize pictures. All you have to do is read instructions and with youtube you can see it done on just about every picture editing program there is. It is too simple to learn to do. Picasa is free and will do everything you need to a pic. Resize, edit, save in any format, upload to a free online storage, copy, crop, straighten, enhance, face recognition. It's an amazing program. Most don't know all you have to do is right click on an image/pic and select copy image. Then just right click and paste in the post. No need to upload.

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    I thought the suggested size is 640 x 480. Is that still too large?

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    I"m not sure how to instruct anyone how to resize pictures, as there are so many different platforms that people use. I have a mac, and use iphoto. When I export a file from iphoto, I ask it to save the exported file as a JPEG, and say either medium or small. That usually gives me files that are less than 600MB in size. That size is fine. If you request "small", I think you get files less than 100MB .. that size is great for those of us that don't have broadband, but you can lose some detail in the pictures. Like, if someone wants to see EXACTLY how you quilted something, they may not have enough detail.
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    I use Microsoft Paint to re-size my pics so I don't know if I'm an offender or not. Would it be possible to let the offenders know their pics are too large and need to be resized?
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    I do not think it is " laziness" I am an educated professional, however,not educated in the ways of computer technology. I can literally save lives every day and assist in keeping a critically ill person alive untill I can get a doctor out of bed to come in and take over, but when it comes to figuring out files and such on a computer I am perhaps ignorant but not lazy.I have spent literally hours attempting to download things to devices such as Ipods, spent hours trying to find photos etc. In todays high tech lifestyle many take for granted that everyone knows their way around computers when that is simply not the case. It is just not as simple as not being lazy as you may think.

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    My HP Image Zone makes mine a decent size, I think. I did have to resize one. I used Paint, but will try the Picasa site if it comes up again. I'd like to get some of my pics off my computer, so that sounds like good venue to use.

    I don't think you'vre added my D9P or any others to you gallery, but if you do and they need resizing, let me know.

    I don't want mine large.I don't want every mistake showing. LOL

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    I post pictures but have no idea if they are too big. They look fine when I view them on my iPad.
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    I am computer illiterate. I am lucky if I can upload a picture at all. If I have to try and figure out what size it is, forget it. I have only put maybe 5 pictures on the board since I've been here, but I hope they weren't too big. Maybe if my son comes to town, he can show me how to figure it out. I have to be shown, not read the words in a text. I don't understand it that way. Just like in quilting...I need pictures to go along with the words. I am very visual. Sorry if I screwed up anybody's time. I have a quilt I'm getting Monday that I want to post a picture of, so if you see my name and don't have lots of time on your computer, don't look at it. I will put up maybe three pictures. It's jcrow. So look out for me.
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    If size is a problem, physically limit the size people can upload. A simple "your photo is too large" statement will let a person know.

    I took offense at the "plain laziness" comment. It's a matter of priorities. I have too much going on in my life, resizing photos isn't high on my list. I set my camera for the lowest setting when I plan to post online.

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    I'm sorry. I did not intend to make anyone hesitate to participate in this wonderful group. Please don't stop posting pictures of your work; I know you worked hard on it and want to share.

    But sometimes, the companies that enable all this technology (the makers of tablets, iphones, digital cameras, etc.) do not inform their users of the side-effects of some of the activities. I've worked in the computer networking industry for many years; guess maybe I'm a little over-sensitive. And, because I live out in the boondocks, I have to be aware of the amount of data I access on the internet.
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    It's good that you brought it up. I don't know anything about data usage fees and such. I only access from home or work. I've heard horror stories about how expensive it can be for those using those other things. Reminders are good.

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    I resize everything I post ​anywhere on the Internet to be 1 mb or less. You can check the size of your picture by right-clicking onit, then selecting "properties" or simply hovering over the picture. It will say something like 2.5 mb (too big) or 975 kb (just right). 1024 kb is 1 mb.

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    I hope I have resized all my photos. Is there any way to go back and check the size of our photos and resize them if needed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    It's mostly plain laziness not to resize pictures. All you have to do is read instructions and with youtube you can see it done on just about every picture editing program there is. It is too simple to learn to do. ....
    That's a pretty harsh statement! What's easy for one person may not be, for another . . . and it has NOTHING to do with laziness. Some of us have and are comfortable with photo editing programs; for us, re-sizing is simple. Not everyone has that advantage and calling those people lazy, is just plain mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo View Post
    I hope I have resized all my photos. Is there any way to go back and check the size of our photos and resize them if needed?
    You can check the size, by hovering your cursor over the photo. However, it must be re-sized, before you upload/post it.

    When I come across a photo that's way too large to load quickly, I simply skip it. I don't have limited data, just limited patience.
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    I'm not a lazy person, I'm not computer illiterate, I work on a computer daily with the programs my office uses, none of them though involves uploading pictures. But a month or 2 ago I followed someone's suggestions to use Picasa to load pictures. I looked at and tried to follow the instructions with picasa, for more than an hour and could not get it to load. Previously I had tried with my computers file, and sometimes it would upload and other times it didn't. Uploading pictures is not something I have mastered. Sometimes I don't have the time to try. I was unaware there was a lesson on it on youtube either. Maybe tomorrow I'll try looking at that.

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    Thanks Cathy, this is the first time I have ever seen this discussed. Definitely makes sense. I will work hard on remembering to put in smaller photos, I usually just select the larger web size in my photo editor but I think it might be a bit big so I will try the smaller sized one
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    Another free photo editing program is GIMP, by Mozilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I resize everything I post ​anywhere on the Internet to be 1 mb or less. You can check the size of your picture by right-clicking onit, then selecting "properties" or simply hovering over the picture. It will say something like 2.5 mb (too big) or 975 kb (just right). 1024 kb is 1 mb.
    i can understand this better then the other way of describing photo size-#x#, this way I can just look at the file and see how big it is. Is it safe to think photos that are less then 1mb are ok to post here? or should they be smaller?

    Is there a way to go back and either delete or resize photos we've already posted?

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    I generally use a relatively small size for the quilt photos I shoot, but take them to a smaller size for posting. I can sympathize with those who deal with slow transfer speed. When I had dial up, my actual speed was generally 14. really large files still drive me crazy. (our valley only got DSL 2 years ago.)

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    I agree....not everyone is as computer savy and the softwares are always changing...I rather spend my time figuring out a quilt pattern...
    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    I do not think it is " laziness" I am an educated professional, however,not educated in the ways of computer technology. I can literally save lives every day and assist in keeping a critically ill person alive untill I can get a doctor out of bed to come in and take over, but when it comes to figuring out files and such on a computer I am perhaps ignorant but not lazy.I have spent literally hours attempting to download things to devices such as Ipods, spent hours trying to find photos etc. In todays high tech lifestyle many take for granted that everyone knows their way around computers when that is simply not the case. It is just not as simple as not being lazy as you may think.

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    Please do not discourage our quilt family from posting pictures...its hard enough as it is. I love posting and viewing all of the pictures!!! Maybe you could upgrade and get a better internet service.

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