01-10-2008, 11:33 PM #1
How to Resize Photos for Uploading to The Garage
High resolution digital cameras are commonplace today. They produce great quality photos with ease. These are great photos for looking at when on your own computer, but they are not so great for the web. Why? Simply put, file size.
A digital camera will give you photos that are HUGE by internet standards in file size. Huge photos take a long time to upload to your gallery and for others to download for viewing.
Some cameras can give you photos that are 1 mega byte or more in size. A pic of this size can take up to 30 seconds, or more, for a dial up user to fully download to his computer to see. Doesn't sound like a long time? Try staring at your computer for 30 seconds while doing nothing.
Accordingly our system here has limitations on size of photos you can upload which is right at 2 mega bytes. 2,000K.
Ok, so what to do with your pics. Everyone should have an image resizer. We recommend a microsoft product called PowerToys Image Resizer for Windows XP. It's free and can be obtained here: Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Download and install the Image Resizer.
Image Resizer Directions
The PowerTool enables you to resize one or many image files. When resizing you can choose from one of four standard sizes or choose a size that you specify. You can also choose to resize the original image or create a new one. Right click any image(s) and select 'Resize Pictures' in the context menu. Using 640x480 dimensions is recommended.
Using this program can reduce a 1 mega byte photo to 50Kb or about 5% of original size without losing any discernible quality.
There are many programs out there that can do what this one does, but this one is free and simple to use. Unfortunately, this one is for Windows XP only.
Vista users can try this... http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm
Our photo gallery can resize pictures of 2MB or less and of any dimension to 640x480 dimensions. If your original file is more than 2MB, get a reziser and resize your photo before uploading them.
If you need assistance, ask.
If you went to an event and have a lot of photos to post, if you submit them with an description of what they are about, we can upload them and post them in your name for you to make thinks easier. Just ask.
Updated January 9, 2008.