Originally posted by jdtrotter@Nov 13 2005, 05:40 PM
...I use Adobe Photoshope and when I save the .jpeg copy, it will ask me what quality I want---from high to low.* If it is something I am going to post, I sometimes lower the quality to medium----makes the KBs less.
Any photo editing program should offer a choice of "quality" setting when saving a JPEG, which is good because most of us can't afford a full Photoshop license
. I like IrfanView
Reducing the quality setting means doing more compression, giving up quality in exchange for a smaller file - it should virtually always result in a smaller file.
I would rather reduce the quality setting than resize to lower resolution - the result is likely better, and I find for most photos at the maximum FiberglassRV size of 500 pixels wide (which means 375 pixels high for typical photo proportions) a quality setting of about 80% will result in an image that fits the 80 KB limit, but that depends on the content of the image.
Of course, I always do this sort of modification on a copy of the original image, so I don't lose the full quality image for other uses.