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How about posting a stickie in one or more forums about photo size editing? There are a ton of photo / graphics programs out there, but one that has been mentioned in practically every forum and group I've ever been in is IrfanView. It's been around for years, still FREE, simple to use and available in many languages. With a couple clicks, a photo can be resized to something manageable instead of stadium jumbo-tron size.

http://www.irfanview.com
 

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I'll add a link to that on the existing sticky on posting photos.

I like Flickr.com for this more than photo bucket... flickr.com provides you with several links for each photo in your set depending on what size you want the photo to be that you post. PhotoBucket is a "you get what you get" thing... but flickr.com is more involved to use which is why I think many people prefer photobucket.
 

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Resize a photo to be 80x80 pixels in size (I reccomend cropping the photo or the details will be really tiny if u use an entire picture)... and make sure the file size is less than 16kb in size -- using .GIF format is usually alot smaller than .JPG. You can probably use the program linked to above to resize, crop and convert to GIF... then go into your Profile page and upload the 80x80 picture as an Avatar.
 

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Hey, I think that worked...thanks for the program, that's a nifty one.
 

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Mike Schoonbrood said:
Resize a photo to be 80x80 pixels in size (I reccomend cropping the photo or the details will be really tiny if u use an entire picture)... and make sure the file size is less than 16kb in size -- using .GIF format is usually alot smaller than .JPG. You can probably use the program linked to above to resize, crop and convert to GIF... then go into your Profile page and upload the 80x80 picture as an Avatar.
The only place on the computer I have my dogs' pics is on the desktop, as .JPGs -- not on the internet. So is it possible for me to get those photos into that program to convert to GIF, do you know?
 

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Connie if you can email the .jpgs to me I can reduce them for you.
 

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#-o ...or...you can just follow Mike's suggestion, download that program. All you will have to do is open your .jpg with the application he's describing, reduce it (it's easy), and resave it as a .gif.

Although, I reduced my 5MB size shot of Annie on the tug (picture on my profile) and kept it as .jpg and it came across fine, too.
 

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Woody Taylor said:
#-o ...or...you can just follow Mike's suggestion, download that program. All you will have to do is open your .jpg with the application he's describing, reduce it (it's easy), and resave it as a .gif. ...Although, I reduced my 5MB size shot of Annie on the tug (picture on my profile) and kept it as .jpg and it came across fine, too.
OK! I thought the photos had to be on the internet somewhere first (like in my web page or something)!
 

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Ah...they do if you want to put up photos. :oops: If you want to put up a nice profile picture, they do not. You can upload that to the site.

Your .jpgs can be put onto photobucket or flickr, no problem.
 

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Mike Schoonbrood said:
yeah avatars are stored on the server (the lil pic under name), photos to post in a thead go on photobucket or flickr.
Oh, I get it!

How come on some sites the avatars are a small group of drawings to choose from and not the person's actual photo?
 

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It's "cleaner" technically and gives a more uniform apprearance to the board. Cheaper to maintain on a few different levels.

Also one less possible infraction for you moderators to have to moderate. :twisted:
 

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Mike Armstrong said:
How about posting a stickie in one or more forums about photo size editing? There are a ton of photo / graphics programs out there, but one that has been mentioned in practically every forum and group I've ever been in is IrfanView. It's been around for years, still FREE, simple to use and available in many languages. With a couple clicks, a photo can be resized to something manageable instead of stadium jumbo-tron size.

http://www.irfanview.com
FWIW, Mike you just made me think of something...for those of you using Google Picasa (excellent photo editing/archiving software FREE at http://picasa.google.com/)...if you select pictures and then "export" them, Google gives you the option to reduce the picture size. You can do as many as you've selected...we are putting together a photo album for my parents' birthday, I shrunk down several hundred pictures of me teaching Jeff Oehlsen some mondio stuff from 3MB each to <1MB. Very slick.

Google is beta-testing a site similar to Flickr and Photobucket (but probably better, I"ll know once it's released) that will be integrated into Picasa and will allow you to host pictures to this site. All hail mighty Google!
 

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I've used IrfanView for several years now, and it does alot of things my high-end photo software can do. It's amazingly fast & easy (especially if you learn keyboard shortcuts). The mathematical algorithm it uses to resize is superior to most editing programs (Lanczos filter). You can even add 3rd party photoshop filters to the program, for special effects, tools, etc.

A 3MB photograph can be reduced to about 100-130k with practically NO humanly visible difference in quality. A 5.5MB picture can be reduced to 250k with very minimal visible difference @ 1600x1200 pixel resolution. That's about a quarter of 1GB for a 22"x17" picture.

I've tried Picasa and at least a hundred other softwares. None of 'em stick in my workflow like IrfanView has.

As far as photo-hosting, I just use my website. I don't know much about that, but I've seen some folks run into trouble because the site they hosted with required a username/password for other people to be able to see. I'm not sure what sites do/don't present this problem, but I think webshots.com is another one that would work well.
 

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When I want to post a picture, I just push the buttons my son told me to push. Nothin to it! :D :oops: :D
All that MB, JPG, K, etc stuff is like reading a list of fraternities.......and I didn't go to college (obviously :D :oops: ) so I'm not interested in the fraternities. :D :wink:
 

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I'ts just that some people upload these HUGE files that take forever to load in your browser, even with a broadband connection. If you can't notice a difference between 100% size and 3% size, why inconvenience anyone or make them lose intrest because they're still waiting to see the picture. All you do when you re-save the pic is use the slider button to set the compression level, at about 65% would work well for almost anything. Nothing else you need to know. :)
 

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Daryl Ehret said:
I've used IrfanView for several years now, and it does alot of things my high-end photo software can do. It's amazingly fast & easy (especially if you learn keyboard shortcuts). The mathematical algorithm it uses to resize is superior to most editing programs (Lanczos filter). You can even add 3rd party photoshop filters to the program, for special effects, tools, etc.

A 3MB photograph can be reduced to about 100-130k with practically NO humanly visible difference in quality. A 5.5MB picture can be reduced to 250k with very minimal visible difference @ 1600x1200 pixel resolution. That's about a quarter of 1GB for a 22"x17" picture.

I've tried Picasa and at least a hundred other softwares. None of 'em stick in my workflow like IrfanView has.

I'll will go with Daryl on that one. I have been using Irfanview voor a few yrs its so easy and resizing is so easy

As far as photo-hosting, I just use my website. I don't know much about that, but I've seen some folks run into trouble because the site they hosted with required a username/password for other people to be able to see. I'm not sure what sites do/don't present this problem, but I think webshots.com is another one that would work well.
 

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I use a program called ClickPic (www.download.com search for ClickPic I think), it integrates into Windows, so all you have to do is find the file, right click it, and click one of the size presets, so takes 1/2 a second to resize an image... but it isn't free.
 
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