How do you scale down a photo?

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How do you scale down a photo?

#1 Post by CrashDummy » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:39 pm

I have a picture of me with Elena Myers I want to use for my avatar but it has too many pixels. http://www.elenamyers.com/About_Elena_Myers.php
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Re: How do you scale down a photo?

#2 Post by Fanny Fligurl » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:10 pm

CrashDummy wrote:I have a picture of me with Elena Myers I want to use for my avatar but it has too many pixels. http://www.elenamyers.com/About_Elena_Myers.php
Use any form of photo editor, InfranView (free) or the like. You may even have a scale function in MS Paint which is standard on most PCs.
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Re: How do you scale down a photo?

#3 Post by CrashDummy » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:58 pm

I will try that. Thanks.
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Re: How do you scale down a photo?

#4 Post by NinjaMama » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:43 am

There are some excellent free photo editors out there.
Picasa (http://picasa.google.com)
gimp (http://www.gimp.org)
Photoscape (http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php)
Pos Free Photo Editor (http://tinyurl.com/75ct2mp)

There's more out there, but the important thing is to scale the image to no larger than 800 pixels wide. Also, if you don't know what format to save it in, use either a .png or .jpg format. Just keep in mind that if you save it in a jpeg (.jpg) format, you can ruin an image even with a lot of pixels by using too much compression to make the image smaller. This format is called a "lossy" format, which means as you try to make the file smaller by increasing the compression, you're throwing away image detail. If you notice some images have a "blocky" appearance, that's from using too much compression. Just remember that the more compression you use, the more quality you loose.
If you decide to use a .png (ping) format, congratulations!! You're choosing a "lossless" format that's cross platform (PC/Mac) compatible and excellent for the web and posting to forums. Although the file size is a bit larger, it still does a great job of making decently small size files. Plus the image quality is excellent. And if you're into graphic design, you can put your artwork on one layer and have the background transparent (it's called an alpha channel). Just look at the AMA logo at the top of the page. That's the kind of thing you can do with a .png file. .jpeg's don't support alpha channels.

Hope this helps Randy. I'd like to see the image.
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