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    Preparing (Resizing) Photos For Successful Upload and Viewing

    I apologize to Mac users because this focuses on Windows PC options.
    I don't own a Mac. If anybody out there wants to buy me a new one, I will be happy to throw together some suggestions for that platform, too.

    It's fairly easy to resize (and compress) a photo using MS Windows Paint. Also, it's built into Windows so doesn't cost anything to use (except your time, of course.)

    1. Open Paint and then open your photo file
    2. Use the Resize Tool

    If you have Microsoft Office installed, you most likely have The MS Office Picture Manager (MSO PM) tool available, too.

    1. Right-click on the file and select "Open With" | MS Office
    2. From the menu, select "Edit Pictures"
    3. Use either the "Resize" or "Compress" tools to the right
    4. I have found it best to use the "Resize"
    5. Select one of the Predefined Width x Height options (best for this board is "Web - Large 640 x 480")

    Save your photo (or use the "Save as...[different file name]" so you can save the smaller version as a copy and keep the original file intact.)

    As it downloaded from my camera, the photo below is gihumongous. It's too big to upload here. If it did upload, it would take a very, very long time to upload and it would eat your monitor.

    The version below was resized to Web - Large using MSO PM
    the whole process takes only a few minutes. with practice, you can resize several pictures, one after the other, in just a few seconds each.

    Name:  Apples Edited Using MSO PM.jpg
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    To see examples of other versions of this picture, please check out this page:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/p...les-b7915.html

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    Thanks Patrice!!!


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    One other suggestion, if you are only taking pictures to post on the web, just change the setting on your camera to a web size picture setting. No need to use the setting for getting poster-size prints made. Then you don't have to mess with resizing them! Just remember, if you're going to a wedding or important event where you might want to print out large prints, reset it so you're not disappointed. Excellent post on resizing, PatriceJ!

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    Thank you, Thank you Patrice. I am going to try this ASAP. The photo issue was the biggest one for me. I will be soooo! happy to learn how to fix it.
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    On a Mac, you can resize an image in Preview. Open the image, then in the Tools menu select Adjust Size. For viewing online I reduce the Resolution to 75.

    There is also an online option for resizing photos that I use often - Picnik. http://www.picnik.com/ You don't need to register or download anything. Choose a photo, then go to the edit tab and find Resize on the lower left. There are many other adjustments you can make to your photo there as well. When finished, click the Save & Share tab to save the revised photo.

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    Success. WhooHoooo

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Thank you, Thank you Patrice. I am going to try this ASAP. The photo issue was the biggest one for me. I will be soooo! happy to learn how to fix it.
    It worked. Learned a lot about setting my camera, MS Paint, and resizing photos. But I did print out the instructions to keep in front of me until they are burned into my itty bitty brain. Best of all, I am no longer frustrated. Now back to building a quilt.
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    And if you have Adobe Photoshop Elements (even my old, old version) there is a command to "Save for Web" that condenses beautifully for posting to the internet.
    http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh485/KitsieH/
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    Thanks - this is so helpful to me as a "limitedly trained computer user" Maybe I'll start posting pics now!
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    Thanks a bunch, photos resized, now to see if they will upload!!!

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    Patrice, thank you so much for your great instructions!!! Resized and uploaded pics already!!! You are the best!!! :-)

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    Here is a link I use frequently for resizing and also making a side by side comparison photo by using the "layer" option. http://fotoflexer.com/ Hope this helps. If any questions about how to do it, just let me know. Would be happy to help if I can.
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    thanks!! Another way (at least for me and my computer) is to right click on the picture once it is saved to your computer. Click on Edit. Click on resize. Click on the dementions box. Then click on the correct dementions.
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    That still doesn't tell me how to post pictures on this forum. Is it just me, for I am not understanding this. I know how to resize pictures, I just don't know how toshow them.

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    I have been unable to figure out how to post pictures. Could it be because I do not have MS. I'm using Linux OS and Picasa for my photos.
    Can you help me?

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    Thank you for those instructions, you make it sound so easy. I will have a go one day but my computer skills are slow.

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    Thank you! I'm saving this.

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    For everyone who uses Windows XP, here is a link to the Microsoft free powertoy image resizer. Install the download and it is simply a matter of right clicking on any image and selecting resizer small from the drop down menu, a new resized image is created, simple. I use it all the time for all uploads on the net Here's a link, click on Image resizer download

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ads/windows-xp
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    Thank you Izy.... I'm going to try and post a picture now.... Hope this works... I'll let you all know.

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    It will be fine Janet, I look forward to seeing your pics soon!
    It's quarter to me time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babindg12200 View Post
    That still doesn't tell me how to post pictures on this forum. Is it just me, for I am not understanding this. I know how to resize pictures, I just don't know how to show them.
    Hi,
    when you reply to a topic and want to upload a picture, click on the Go Advanced blue button. Once in that prompt, about 3/4 way down the page is a button that says Manage Attachments. Click on that. Then browse to pull the photo from your documents, click on upload, and wait for it to upload. then close the window, and Submit your reply.

    If you want to start a topic and post a picture, everything is the same except you won't need to start out by clicking on the Go Advanced button.
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    Thanks for info Izy!!! Will try and post pics of latest project!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy View Post
    For everyone who uses Windows XP, here is a link to the Microsoft free powertoy image resizer. Install the download and it is simply a matter of right clicking on any image and selecting resizer small from the drop down menu, a new resized image is created, simple. I use it all the time for all uploads on the net Here's a link, click on Image resizer download

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ads/windows-xp
    I used the powertoy described above when I had XP and was very disappointed that it wasn't available for Windows 7 at first. But now it is - or a cloned version of it, anyway. I have been using it for quite a while and have been very happy with it. The big advantage (and this is HUGE) is that you can select multiple files, right click, and then do them ALL AT ONCE!

    Here's one source - http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/releases/view/30247 If you search for "powertoy image resizer windows 7" you will probably find it available other places as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    Thanks for info Izy!!! Will try and post pics of latest project!!!
    Hi Hilary, unfortunately this won't work for windows 7...but Dunster has just posted a link to one that will work for you!
    It's quarter to me time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy View Post
    Hi Hilary, unfortunately this won't work for windows 7...but Dunster has just posted a link to one that will work for you!
    So I found out!! Ok will check out Dunsters link!!! Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    So I found out!! Ok will check out Dunsters link!!! Thanks!!
    Just going to give it a try!!!!! Cushion made for my sister for Christmas! 1 of 4!!
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