I take a lot of photos and then must e-mail them to a third party. My camera will take "640 x 480" photos as the smallest option. I am not sure if I need tham smaller that that, but someone suggested "Picasa" to edit photos. With everything that I have heard about "Google", I am not sure that this is the way to go. Any thoughts on another editing program that will make my photos smaller ?
(Solved) - Photo Editing Software(11 posts)
you can be referring to two different things when talking about 'making images smaller'.
like 640x480 resizing to 320x240 or resizing to 160x120 / etc.,etc...
now if your talking about resizing with the main goal of reducing the SIZE OF THE FILE (like for emailing) then you can achieve this by resizing as above but taking it a step further and trying a different format like jpeg or playing a little with the quality settings. (i use -->paint.net<-- for editing) see below for example .....
open image > go to file > save as > save as type drop-down menu [select jpeg] > hit save, then play with quality settings ....
note below the difference in the file size while it remained the same size in pixles / aspect ...
for paint.net download: http://www.filehippo.com/download_paint.net/
as for the suggestions made so far - the one before me, dropbox, is great! you can upload the pics and not have to worry about re-sizing for trying to meet email limitations. just upload - get the link to share and send your freinds the link. done. they can view as well as have an option to download the image.
here's invitation link to dropbox: http://db.tt/ZT6xZAf : )
the other suggestion by the wolfman below - 'fs viewer' is another GREAT editor!
Get this one: http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm It is really great. Open the picture with it and run the cursor into the left side of the screen. There you find the resize options. To get out of this full size scree, press ESC.
I would make it the default in the file type associations for .jpg and .png.
Advantage is that you can reduce the filesize by different arguments - %, Pixel, etc.
Windows Paint, which comes free with Windows has a resize tool. Also, depending on how you are sending your emails, many email programs will offer to resize photos automatically before sending which saves you the bother and cost completely
I use File Minimizer Pictures which sits in my rightclick menu and has a lot of options you can configure to resize images. All I need to do is rightclick the image, click Fileminimizer and hit ok and I got nicely resized copies of my photo's :)
Ideal for email, chat etc.
@crlamb: You said "With everything that I have heard about "Google", I am not sure that this is the way to go."
Just a FYI: You don't need to be online to use Picasa, so perhaps that would allay your concern. Of course, who knows if info is sent back to Google once you DO get online with that computer? I generally use Picasa for photo editing, but I use DuckDuckGo for searches.
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