Fast Fix for Photos

fish photo resized

Photo Fixes (resize)

Got a new camera.

Took a few photos.

Sent one to the relatives….

Then checked my “sent” folder to admire my work and… WHAT?! — that photo is four times bigger than my monitor!

That’s when one realizes that no one is going to easily see that photo, and that Uncle Cedric is going to chastise me (once again) for hosing up his email stream.

Sometimes the same thing happens to a blog post. You thought you had a beautifully focused photo that was perfect, — but it loads sooo slooowly.  This problem may be driving traffic away from your beautiful blog.  Short attention span.

There is an easy fix. You can go out on the web and use a program that will optimize images for you, — or you can use the Windows Paint program on your computer.

Find the Paint program (in Accessories folder)  and open your photo.  Find the “resize” area.  The main thing is that you want to “maintain your aspect ratio”.  Be sure that box is checked.  In other words you don’t want your photo distorted.

Next choose if you want to re-size by percentage or pixels.  Resizing by percentage can be done by “guesstimating” about how much smaller you want your photo to appear, — or you can do the math.*

Resizing by pixels is handy if you have a hint as to which is the best pixel height x width for the application. You probably won’t be able to exactly match both pixel dimensions (width and height) while keeping the aspect ratio, but you can get close.

Use “save as” and name this newly re-sized photo something slightly different than your original. I add “ed” to the end of the photo name once I’ve “ed”ited it.  That makes it easier to identify later.  Having kept the original picture in the original size will be handy, if you decide you need a bigger copy of the image again.

There are fancy borders and effects that photo programs offer, and many of them will optimize photos for your blog or email, but I keep returning to my old friend, — my Windows Paint program — because it’s just so quick and easy.

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*Example if you have a photo 360 pixels wide and need it to be reduced to 45 pixels, you divide 45/360 and multiply by 100, which will give you the percentage of the original that you need = 12.5%

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