compressing photos

  rital90 07:54 02 May 04

What is a good compression download (with instructions for idiots!) for sending photos by email?

  temp003 07:59 02 May 04

If you use XP and send photo by email, it has a wizard to do it for you.

Otherwise, try IrfanView. click here

  ened 08:23 02 May 04

I have found XP usually reduces them by too much
Is there a way to control the amount of compression?
Apologies if the answer is obvious but I have never really investigated this.

  Doogie Howser 08:33 02 May 04

It depends what you want the person that it's being sent to to be able to do with it. If you just want them to be able to see it on the monitor reduce the size to less than the monitor resolution with any image editing software (ie. 600x800). If you actually want them to be able to produce photo quality prints then don't compress it at all.

The important thing to remember is that average monitor resolution is 1028x768 (typical 17"). If you want to see the entire photo on the screen there is no point sending it at a resolution greater than the screen resolution.

  Gongoozler 08:39 02 May 04

If your photos are in jpg, then you won't compress them much more. There are two things you can do to make the file smaller. You can resize/resample them to fewer pixels, or you can use more aggressive jpeg compression. Both can be done in Irfanview. If you use resizing, keep in mind what the recipient will be using the picture for. If they are for display on a computer screen, there is no need for the number of pixels to exceed the monitor the picture is to be displayed on. If they are to be printed as a 6inch x 4inch photo, then 1024x768 pixels will probably be enough. If you use more aggressive jpeg compression, then experiment to see how much quality loss you fang acceptable.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:20 02 May 04

'If your photos are in jpg, then you won't compress them much more'...this programme photo resizer,free) will reduce them to around 40kbs and they lose little of their viewing quality;-)) here It is one of the best and easiest to use.


  frazky 13:10 02 May 04

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