Reducing File Size of Digital Photo?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Mike, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I have 60MB file that was generated by scanning a b/w 6"x11" photo. How
    can I reduce the size of the file so I can create a small file to use as my
    XP Pro desktop?
    Also, I don't have any photo editing software. Can I d/l something I can
    use to edit the file - make it smaller?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Sure. Download Irfanview from www.irfanview.com. It is free, and will
    easily reduce your picture's file size. It is also a very nice picture
    display program, with some light editing capabilities.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 7, 2005
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  3. Mike

    Hunt Guest

    There's a photo-editing program, called The Gimp, that has gotten high reviews
    in many groups. As I understand, it is freeware, and though not as intuitive
    as some might like, it does a lot of what I use Photoshop for. I don't have
    the URL, but a Google search should yield one. I also have no experience with
    this program, but have seen it touted by folk, who's opinion I rate as high.

    Good luck,
    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jan 7, 2005
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    tomcas Guest

    Download and install Irfanview
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967.html
    After you get it installed- Open the file, from the menu bar Image,
    resize/resample, Standard dimension, check Desktop size, save as jpeg.
    Of course there is an easier way. When you use the windows display
    control panel simply select from the Picture Display menu- Stretch,
    which shrinks in your case, automatically, but be patient.
     
    tomcas, Jan 7, 2005
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  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks, I d/l it just now.

    Mike

     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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  6. Mike

    Mike Guest

    It does, my buddy scanned it at the highest color depth so as not to lose
    any details.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I'll try it.

    Thanks,

    Mike

     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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  8. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks, I d/l it.

    Mike

     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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  9. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Sounds good. is the XP Fun Pack a d/l?
    Where do I get it?

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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  10. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I don't have the 60mb file with me right now, so I tried the resize option
    on a test .jpg and it worked as you described.

    Thanks again,

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 7, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    If you load the pic into Internet Explorer, you can right-click it and
    select "Set as Background" - Windows will automatically scale it to fit
    the desktop (it may also stretch it if the aspect ratio is different).
    It doesn't necessarily need to be smaller (either in dimensions or file
    size) to work as a wallpaper in XP.
    www.irfanview.com - it's small, fast, and free, and will do all your
    basic cropping, rotation, resizing, basic color correction and effects,
    and save-as or convert to almost any format imaginable. It also has a
    "set as wallpaper" function to apply the current file you're working on
    as your desktop.
     
    Matt Ion, Jan 7, 2005
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    Bob Williams Guest

    You probably scanned the print at 600 dpi which is WAY too much for a
    print that
    will be used as a background for your desktop.
    If you have your monitor set at 800 x 600pixels you can scan at 100 dpi
    and get an 1100 x 600 pixel image. You realize that 11 x 6 is not the
    correct aspect ratio (W:H) for a computer screen, (which is 8:6) so you
    will get some cropping over which you have no control.
    I would recommend cropping the print with a 6"x 8" mask and then scan at
    100 dpi. If your monitor screen is something larger than 800 x 600, say
    1600 x 1200, then leave the 6x8 mask on and scan at 200 dpi.
    Bob Williams
     
    Bob Williams, Jan 7, 2005
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  13. Mike

    Matt Ion Guest

    Matt Ion, Jan 7, 2005
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  14. Mike

    Mike Guest

    That makes sense to me, especially with my balck and white photograph.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 8, 2005
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  15. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Mike, Jan 8, 2005
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  16. Mike

    Mike Guest

    IE set as desktop distorted the .jp no matter what I did.
    Irfanview worked great.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 8, 2005
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  17. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks for the scanning tips.
    I used irfanview to resize the photo and all is well.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jan 8, 2005
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