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Old 02-10-2007, 01:27   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm very new to all this so apologies for asking basic questions. Is there an easy way to reduce the resolution of photos to the 200kb necessary before including them on this site? Also how can I find out the URL of the image so that I can insert it. I'm sure this info must be listed somewhere but I can't find it!
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What editing programme are you using Linda?
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Hi Linda, there's a useful tutorial here that Rob Barron, one of our members has written.
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What editing programme are you using Linda?
I usually use Photoshop 6 but to access the internet I have to use a different computer which only has Paint Shop Pro loaded and I'm not very conversant with it.
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Hi Linda, there's a useful tutorial here that Rob Barron, one of our members has written.
Thanks Angela, that has been a great help.
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Ahh..there I can help you as I use PSP as well, although it's a bit hit and miss in my case!!. In the top menu, select "Image" and then you will see a "Resize" option in the drop down menu. I usually set the longest side to 800 pixels and this usually brings it to within the 200. If it doesn't, reduce the pixel size until it does. I'm sure there's a more exact way of doing it but I've yet to find it!
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If you do as Angela says, that will resize the image to whatever pixel dimensions you choose.

Then, Save As and select JPEG. There's a button at the bottom right of this window which says 'Options' or something like that (sorry - not on Windows machine right now). That lets you choose the compression. For the best quality set it to 5 or lower, but for the web you can go to 15 or 20 and it will still look OK.

Depending on how much detail there is in your pic, you should find that 15 to 20 should get you below the filesize limit. I wouldn't go much higher than this or you'll start to see JPEG artifacts. If it's still above the 200kB limit, the answer then is to resize to smaller pixel dimensions.

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: Once you select the compression value, this figure is retained until you change it again. So next time you save or resave a JPEG, you need to Save As and set the value back to where you want it.

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