Reduce file size for email

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Hi
    I have a photo which I want to email, however, it was taken at a high
    resolution and I would like to reduce its size\resolution so as I can
    email to friends on a dial-up connection without it taking all day to
    download. How do I go about doing that?

    Using Photoshop 7 on WINXP
    Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere, Nov 1, 2006
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  2. Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere

    x2lls Guest

    On Wed, 01 Nov 2006 16:10:40 GMT, Martin ©¿©¬

    Use Outlook or Outlook Express, it will ask you if you want to shrink
    it first. It WON'T shrink the original. Test it by sending it to

    x2lls, Nov 1, 2006
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  3. Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere

    Harry Limey Guest

    If it is purely for viewing on a monitor only you could reduce the image
    size to 800 or 900 pixels wide and then use the save for web function.
    Harry Limey, Nov 1, 2006
  4. Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere

    KatWoman Guest

    if the picture is a jpg right click it and choose send to (or choose several
    at once use control key or shift click a list)
    leave ticked the resize for email option
    a letter will come up with the files attached

    If it is not a jpg use save for web
    if you get the memory warning use image size first to change your original
    then use save for web
    it will go to Image ready
    save the web copy
    back to PS
    Close orig file BUT DO NOT SAVE IT or you will have re sized your original
    KatWoman, Nov 2, 2006
  5. Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere

    j Guest

    You don't need Photoshop for that. It's built-into WINXP.
    j, Nov 2, 2006
  6. I endorse all this, but suggest that you start by deciding how big you want your
    photo to be. If it's a high-quality art photo, and you want to brag about it,
    up to about 900 wide by 600 high will show on a 1024 by 768 screen. But for
    most 'happy snaps' 300 by 450 is big enough. Load your image, and resize it,
    with 'Resample' ticked. Then, when you have selected 'Save for Web', choose the
    lowest quality which looks satisfactory on the sample image. This is rather
    subjective, and is very much dependent on the image. Don't forget that you can
    enter a number instead of selecting a quality. The value you choose will have a
    big effect on the file size. With a rather attractive flower photo, size 300 by
    434, I got:

    Quality size result
    Medium (30) 20.6K fair
    Medium (45) 25.6K OK
    High (60) 31.9K Good

    I usually choose 45 or 60. And, whatever you do, don't accept the offer to save
    changes after you have closed the Save for Web window. To be on the safe side,
    it's a good idea to save it under a new name after resizing.

    James McNangle
    James McNangle, Nov 2, 2006
  7. Thank you all for your replies
    Martin ©¿©¬ somewhere, Nov 3, 2006
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