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By Oblivion
Posts:  1247
Joined:  Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:32 pm
#59986
sorry for the caps, i used it to make the thread stand out a little more as it seems to be something people are struggling with at the moment.

theres various software out there for making your photo's a better size to share online, but theres also FREE software you can use on the web, via a web page.

for this tuturial i will be using WWW.PICNIK.COM as its free, simple to use, but also has a lot of great features which makes it versatile.

you dont have to register to use it, but if you do register (free) you can do more files at once.
i'll assume your just editing a few files to post on the forum, and so doing it one file at a time (unregistered) will take you no more than a minute per file.

I'll some step by step pictures showing you how to do a very simple picture resize.

so lets get started !!
find a large picture (anything over ~500kb is generally considered a large pic on the net)
the first few steps are very easy, so i wont provide a photo.

if you cant do steps 1-->3, id suggest taking a chainsaw to your PC and taking up nitting instead ;) :lol:

1) open WWW.PICNIK.COM in a new window.
2) click "Get Started" - its i the middle of the main page, and let it load - im sure you can find that button easy enough
3) click "Upload Photo" - its also in the middle of the page.

4) click the "Resize" button. (bottom right corner shows the original picture size)
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5) set it to 800x600. or 1024x768 is probably the biggest you'd want to use. (bottom right corner now also shows new pic size)
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6) click "save n Share"
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7) make sure you save it as a JPG file (bmp is a big no no :evil: !!)
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and there you have it.
a phot thats now 800x600, and is about 250kb instead of 3mb+
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By Oblivion
Posts:  1247
Joined:  Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:32 pm
#60004
Why do i need to resize my files? several reasons

1) not everyone lives in the big city with gigawatt bandwidth.
some people are surfing from 56k country areas, or from a laptop with wireless while travelling, or on a mobile phone with net capability.

im sure these people would love to view your pictures too, but they cant or dont want to download 10mb of pictures when viewing your thread as some get charged by the amount of data they download.
it also takes a very long time on a slow net connection to load a thread that's been bombed with massive photo's

2) if your hosting your pics here at FTC, your using their very generous offer of storing on their server space which they pay for and is limited. courtesy goes a long way.

3) if your hosting pics on FTC, and they are big files, then everyone who views that picture is using FTC's bandwidth which also costs money.
if 50 people view ONE SINGLE 2.5mb file, thats 125mb their server has sent out.
now if 50 people viewed your 214kb file they are only using about 10mb of FTC's bandwidth.

thats a saving of 115mb of data storage space on the FTC server and a massive saving on their bandwidth.

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HERE is the full unedited file. its 2.5mb

compare that, with the file below @ 800x600, 214kb.
thats a 90% reduction in file size !! :o

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By Oblivion
Posts:  1247
Joined:  Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:32 pm
#60011
theres also a whole swag of other great tools on there.

another great one is the crop tool.

take your large (2.5mb+) unedited photo.
use the crop tool to zoom in on something. resize it if needed using instructions i posted above, then post it.

heres one i prepared earlier :D

the same photo as above, just cropped down + resized.

Mr Chomp (left, fang variety) and Low Giant (right) having an alpha male battle of who's got the bigger trap during dormancy

you can also see theres a drosera spatulata in the pot too!
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Last edited by Oblivion on Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By Hayden
#69173
Can I also add, for samsung phone users (Eg the newer ones.) you can upload your pictures to photobucket. Your samsung phone should have macro, mine does. If you press the communities button you can permanently log in to the account. Its pretty much the same set up as what oblivion showed you once uploaded. You can post it as an image code, using up none of the forums space.

The only downside to samsung uploads, is that it leaves a short black line at the top of every photo. Thats why ive always got one at the top of mine :D
By bananaman
Posts:  2059
Joined:  Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:54 am
#104585
if you have a windows computer, right click the picture and hit Edit.
Hit save as, then save it like this: IMG 8777 turns into IMG 8777,a.
Hit resize then under percent type whatever percent you'd like.
hit save and look at the bottom of the screen.
It should have the picture size in MB or KB.
I aim for 125 kb or so.
With a 12 megapixel camera, you resize it about 25%.

I just resize all mine 25%.
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