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Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 07:08 PM
by Jack
how do u decrease the size of a picture?
i have several pictures i would like to use as avatars, but they are all too big.
please help

Jack

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Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 08:38 PM
by Mike
If you have software that came with a digital camera, it may be able to do that for you.
Otherwise, this free program will do it, as well as a bunch of other stuff.

http://www.irfanview.com/

Post again if you need more help.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 08:49 PM
by Drachenschwanz
Hi Jack,

The quickest and easiest way is to open the picture in Paint (if you are using windows) hit ctrl-w (keyboard shortcut you can also go to the menu bar, select Image and click on stretch/skew).

Enter a enter number less than 100 in the boxes for "stretch"(the same number in both boxes) to decrease the size. Try reducing it to 25% of it's original size. If that's too big shrink it some more!

Good luck!

Re: Avatar

Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 08:59 PM
by Mike
Good point, Paint is already on your machine.

The program can be hard to find though.
Go to the Start menu:
Start / All Programs / Accessories / Paint

Re: Avatar

Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 09:04 PM
by Jeff
There's also some online programs to make it simple, such as http://www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar/

Just use 100 as the size.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Thu, May 17 2007, 07:05 PM
by Jack
let me clarify
i mean size on a disk not actual size,
like the picture i want to use is 73.0 KB, but the avatar can only be 6 KB
by the way i do have Adobe Photoshop Elements. i just got it, so i'm not to good with it.

Jack

Re: Avatar

Posted: Thu, May 17 2007, 08:10 PM
by Drachenschwanz
The only way to reduce the file size is to reduce the picture size. If you want to keep your original, save the reduced size picture under a different name that way you'll have both.

Photoshop is a great program but it takes a while to learn. You can go into the atributes and make changes on the canvas size but it still won't let you reduce the file size without making the picture smaller.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Thu, May 17 2007, 09:02 PM
by Jack
this shouldnt be that hard, but for some reason it wont work with me.
here is the picture
[imglr=left]http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h255/Him_1/kites-1.jpg[/imglr]
i cant get it under 20kb with out it being tiny

and when i try to up load it from photobucket it gives me this

Unable to upload file

DEBUG MODE

Line : 262
File : usercp_avatar.php

these forums are alot different then what im used to

Re: Avatar

Posted: Thu, May 17 2007, 09:13 PM
by Drachenschwanz
Hey Jack,
If you'd like, you can email me with the picture (or pictures) and I'll change it and send it back.

I'm at rkh197@aol.com

Re: Avatar

Posted: Fri, May 18 2007, 05:16 AM
by Mike
nice pic. It has to be tiny for an avatar (100 pixels tall)

Re: Avatar

Posted: Sat, Aug 18 2007, 01:39 AM
by Roxy
I was having the same problem too of to large of a file. I was saving it in jpeg, using gif brought down the size a lot.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Sat, Aug 18 2007, 08:58 AM
by Mike
Jpegs can be saved at a variety of compression levels. Most programs will let you choose that level when you save the picture. More compression = more loss of quality though.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Sat, Aug 18 2007, 01:13 PM
by Jeff
There are several online applications that also make it quite easy to create an avatar if you're not so proficient with photo editing, like http://mypictr.com/ for example.

Re: Avatar

Posted: Sat, Aug 18 2007, 08:07 PM
by Jack
i got it now
i found a very useful tool in photoshop. instead of just save as, you can save images for the web. it previews the quality and file size for u before u save. i redid the picture and now i looks better than it did before.

Jack