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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-16-2006, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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DIGITAL PHOTOS: Hosting, posting & resizing for the Forum

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This is a new combined thread for the topic of image re-sizing... If you have a better way for doing this, please contribute a post!
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Windows XP

If you have Windows XP, there is a very simple way to re-size photos using the operating system. This solution works for single or batch converting multiple high resolution photos to a posting-friendly size (being able to convert multiple photos at the same time appears to be a powerful and unique feature). Download the Windows XP PowerTools Image Resizer here: Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

Install the applet on your system. Then, select one or many image files with your mouse (highlight them). Then, while they are still highlighted, right click and select "Resize Pictures" from the pop-jup menu. There are several standard choices for re-sizing, or you can set your own size. Based on typical file sizes, I recommend resizing to 800x600, which should give you file sizes that will upload to the forum gallery nicely or that can be used as links for thumbnail attachments; if 800x600 is too big for thumbnails attachments, use 640x480.

The nice thing about this applet is that it allows you to convert multiple files at once. It also renames the files automatically so that you won't overwrite your high-resolution files in case you want to keep them. Thanks to Thugasaur and Corey for this tip!

Other Windows (98, ME, 2000, etc.)

I did a little searching and came across a "freeware" software that appears to do a good job of image resizing. It will work with single and multiple (batch) file conversion. I did notice that the 800x600 files are a little large for thumbnail attachments, but 640x480 image sizes seem to meet the size limits in most cases. For posting in the gallery, the 800x600 size will be fine. The program is available here: Image resizing, do it with PIXresizer

Tip: In Step 2 it asks for the "size of the larger dimension" - set this to either 800 or 640 and everything else should work itself out automatically with the default settings. The "readme" file that comes with the program has more tips.

MacIntosh Computers

I don't know anything about Macs, so you are on your own unless someone posts a good tip (please do!). There are some freeware/shareware programs at the following site that may interest you - see here: Tucows Search - image resizer
(If the link doesn't work, go here, click on the macintosh tab and type 'image resizer' in the search box.)

Here is a Mac tip posted by user Jim D: click here.

Final Note: If you have any sort of image editing program on your computer, i.e. Paint, MS PhotoEditor, PhotoShop, etc., these programs will typically have a function to re-size a single photo. The above methods are focused on the task of re-sizing only, and will allow you to batch convert multiple photos - which is a huge timesaver!

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Re: Easy way to re-size your digital photos (Win XP)...

With the new method, you won't have to mess with the e-mail solution. This does exactly the same thing but locally - it is very slick. Since I edited my main post, I will put the e-mail process back here in case someone is wondering what we are talking about, but otherwise, I am considering this one closed... Thanks for all the help guys!

Here is the original "tip" (now not looking so good!)...

- Copy your photos from your camera to your local hard drive.
- Navigate to the folder holding the photos.
- Select (highlight) one or more photos.
- Right-click the filename with your mouse.
- Pick "Send To..." and then "Mail Recipient" from the pop-up menu.
- You will then get another pop-up box with the choice to make all the photos smaller or keep the original size: DO NEITHER.
- Instead, click on the "Show more options..." link.
- Pick the file size you want from the menu that comes up...
- I like the "medium" 800x600 for just everything - small enough to result in a decent file size, but big enough to still see detail in the photo. Of course, if you want "small" (640x480) or "large" (1024x768) depending on your needs, go for it!
- After picking your preferred size, hit "OK"
- It will automatically open Outlook Express and attach the new, re-sized files to an e-mail. Send them to yourself!
- Download your e-mail, open the file and save the photos back to your hard drive. Note: if saving lots of photos this way at once, it easiest to use the "save all" command from within Outlook Express (right-click in the attachment field). If you do not want to overwrite your high resolution files, save them to a new folder.
- Done!

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HOW TO: Host, Post and Re-Size Photos

Here is a little “mini-guide” to photo hosting and posting. There are three ways to place photos into the forum: 1) insert into a post as a thumbnail (“attachment”), 2) upload into the Forum’s Photo Gallery, and 3) insert into a post as a full-size photo (“insert image”). If you are just looking for information on re-sizing your photos, look here:

1) The easiest way to add pictures to your posts is to “attach” them and have them show up as thumbnails at the bottom of your post. To add pictures this way, you do NOT need to first host the pictures on the internet – you will upload them directly from your hard drive. For specific instructions on how to do this, look here:

HOW TO: Put Thumbnail Pics in Your Posts

NOTE: If you attach your photos as thumbnails or use a thirdy-party hosting service, you may still want to upload your photos to the Forum’s gallery so that the pictures may be accessed via your username. You can even add additional information to the photo, such as the make/model/size of your tires, so that someone browsing the gallery can quickly get additional information that they may be looking for.

2) Inserting photos in the photo gallery provides you and others with a way to access photos by your username (left-clicking on a username brings up a menu with the option to “View <Usernames’s> Photo Gallery"). Photos placed into the Photo Gallery may also be linked to your posts without requiring the use of a 3rd party photo-hosting service. See the following link for more information on uploading images to the Photo Gallery and using those images in your posts:

NOTE: One of the advantages of attaching pictures as a thumbnail or using the Forum’s Photo Gallery to host your pictures is that links to your pictures should be preserved as long as the Forum is around! (If you use a third-party hosting service, the links will be broken if you stop subscribing, the service goes under, etc.)

3) If you want to insert your photo as a full-size image within your post (good for telling a story, giving instructions, etc.), see steps 3-5 of the following link (this procedure is applicable for both pictures hosted on the forum and elsewhere).

In case these links do not answer your questions, or you want more information on thirdy-party hosting, here are a few other threads on photo hosting:

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Re: HOW TO: Re-Size Your Digital Photos

Stolen from a PM I sent to someone.

For Paint programs.

Well, I have Paint Shop Pro so I don't know if it is different in Photoshop, but if you open your graphics program, and then File > Open > browse for you picture and open it up. Then click on the "Image" tab and click on "resize". A window should open. It should look similar to this. Make sure the aspect ratio is locked and that it is resampled using the Smart size. Just choose the pixel size you wish to resize it to.

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Re: Picture from the photo gallery

How do you get (step by step) a picture from the photo gallery to a post?

In the gallery,
1) click the pic to enlarge
2) right click the url address and copy
3) find the thread you want to add the pic to
4) hit the reply button
5) click the picture icon(looks like a postage stamp is in the top right corner)
6) right click to paste( will override the blue wording), press OK.


to get rid of the [IMG]'s just delete the outer ones only before you post it.

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