Posting pictures to your personal web site.
(and keeping the file size small enough for us to view them on the web)
As editor of HitchItch and adding travel sites, once in a while I get a site that has their picture pixel size so large people with high bandwidth even cringe. Pics with a file size of 200K to 500K or even the original camera pic size expect visitors to be able to view them. They must have T3 bandwidth, or in most cases just don't have the training or understanding how to reduce their pics so WE can all enjoy them. If someone goes to a site and starts to download a LARGE Mega size picture. What happens, they go click and stop that, and go back and go to another site.
So you may have a great site but if people reject it, no one is going to see it!
The bottom line is you can only see so much pixel quality on the web so if you go over, and make the file too large it is just wasted. And the result is we suffer with a slow downloads without any better picture quality.
This is not meant to be the definitive statement on this subject, but a way for people doing RV travel web sites, on our site to deal with their picture size posting.
So when you take a picture on your mega pixel camera, we all like to use the best quality we can. After all we waited and paid extra for a higher pixel quality camera. BUT if you are going to use that picture on your web site you need to think about pixel size, or more about how to reduse that size when putting it on your web site.
So here is how I do it. Now I may find a better way but for right now...
I have tried many different
programs and many had a long learning curve. Most just wasted my time so
I came up with what works for me, for right now. It may not be what works
best for you but take a look...
I start out using my Fuji digital
camera with a 5 M pixels and it is set to capture a pic at about
1.5 M pixels.
I then decide which pics I want
to use on my web sites.
I need to start to reduce the pixel size for web use.
Get Image Resizer free
from Microsoft here..
Find the download for the Image
So now you got a directory of
files with your pics...
With Image Resizer... you can right click on a pic file and resize it.
Right click on your file... A new function comes up... Resize Pitures.
Resize it to the Small size for your web site...
Hit OK and then Hit Refresh
and you will get the new file listings.
It went from 1.4 M to 48 K how cool is that.
Now that is MUCH smaller and you can open this pics in your favorite image editor to change the brightness etc.
XP has an image editor. Use your default one. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
I view the picture by double clicking on the its file and it comes up in my default picture editor.
I have used this program for
NOW the above 48K file is getting close for your use, and if you just use it not bad compared to huge file you had before.
But I also use another program
that I can use to crop and
I use screenprint32
(also free) to crop and capture the image from
your picture viewer
Now for the UPDATE (2-6-07)
I now have VISTA and powertoys
for XP doesn't cut it.
I had to find new screen
capture software to work with Vista,
And FastStone Image Viewer
IS way more than just a viewer.
Both of these and more are
Note: .org not .com
This make setting up your pictures for
web viewing a snap.
I use the old standby Netscape®
Communicator 4.79 for web page building.
I have tried several expensive
web page editors and I returned to Netscape.
email from a reader with another way to resize pictures if you have Microsoft
MS Office, not MS Works so didn't know of this program)
the help pics he sent...
End of Simple Web Pic. 101
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