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WALES, United Kingdom Gb

Hi all! Got new camera today and took a load of pics to try it out. Very good so far. Only trouble is, they are too big to download onto GoY and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how I could reduce them on my PC in order to post them o here?

I have reset the camera for future pics so should be okay there but can I reduce the MB of the pics already now loaded onto my PC?

They are pics of the garden so it is about gardeningin a round about way!!



Have you got a graphics program on your pc? If so there are two things you can try. One is to crop the picture - selecting the part of the pic you want to keep, usually by dragging your mouse over the pic so you just get exactly what you want to show. The other is to select Image Resize which should be an option somewhere on the programme. Bear in mind you'll usually lose a bit of picture quality making it smaller so you might want to save the changed image under a different name.

If you haven't got a graphics programme there are a few you can download for free. I like Xnview - it doesn't do everything like Photoshop but it's user-friendly.

1 Aug, 2009


I bought Photoshop Elements for £40 a couple of years ago. It does far more than I will ever need but it makes reducing photos to a size suitable for blog sites very easy. See, even I can do it.

1 Aug, 2009


Thanks both. Alison has Photoshop from when she did her textile degree a couple of years ago so maybe I will look at loading that on here and get her to show me the ropes.

The 'cropping' thing I've done on some but as you probably know yourself, sometimes you want the whole picture.

Much appreciated both :0)

1 Aug, 2009


I don't know which camera you've bought, but my Sony came with a dvd which gets loaded on the computer - there is a programme on the dvd as part of the package with various options available like crop, manipulate. If i just want to resize something, I hit manipulate, then select resize and save - should be possible for you to do it too, since I think most digital cameras come with software for the computer. Have a look in it and experiment.

1 Aug, 2009


Thanks Bamboo! Never bothered with them before - not needed to really - but I will take a look around the 'suite' that I downloaded off the disc, with this one. Hopefully it will work.

Thanks again to all for yourhelp, much appreciated :0)-

1 Aug, 2009


One thing with using the resize option in your graphics programme ( I use Paintshop Pro V. 3 which is donkey's years old), is to make sure you set it to retain the 'aspect ratio', so everything is in proportion.
I wish more people would resize their photos nowadays as we are always being emailed massive digital photos when a definition of around 800 by 600 pixels is more than enough.
If you haven't got a graphics programme, look for a 'freeware' one on the Internet. Most modern programs have far too many unnecessary sophisticated bits which makes using them far too difficult.

1 Aug, 2009

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