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Old 01-10-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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If you’ve ever had to resize a group of digital picture files, you’ve likely launched your image editing program and then resized each image individually — this is an extremely time-consuming task. Windows XP has a built-in image resizing utility buried inside the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box that can quickly and easily resize a large group of digital picture files at once. Follow these steps:

1. Press [Windows]E to launch Windows Explorer.
2. Make sure the Tasks pane is visible. (The Folders button acts like a toggle switch. If the Tree pane is showing, clicking the Folders button will display the Tasks pane. Click the Folders button if the Tree pane is showing.)
3. Open the folder containing the group of digital pictures you want to resize. Select the group.
4. Under the File And Folder Task list, select the E-Mail The Selected Items command.
5. When you see the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box, click the Show More Options link to expand the dialog box.
6. Select a radio button next to one of the available sizes and click OK. A new mail message window containing the resized digital pictures as attachments will appear.
7. Pull down the File menu, select the Save Attachments command, and save all the attachments to a different folder.
8. Close the mail message window and click No in the Save Changes dialog box
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That seems like a lot of steps to go through when there's freeware that batch resize with a lot of control and other features. Here's one them.
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With my Win-XP Pro I just right click the picture and select the size I want.
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My question is do any of these Freebees allow you to change the resolution? The biggest problem we see with folks trying to up load pictures here is they're trying to upload PRINT quality pictures compared to SCREEN quality pictures... which have a MUCH smaller file size.
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The steps I posted above allow you to choose one of three resolutions. Resized a test file from 400k to 75k and 800x600 very quickly.
I use Adobe Photoshop CS myself, but that is overkill for most people posting pics here.
This seemed really simple and it is included in XP with no risk of loading malware.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:43 PM   #6
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The steps I posted above allow you to choose one of three resolutions.
If possible always chose a resolution of 72 to 96 for web use. Your pictures will load faster and take up far less space on the server!

I think I'm going to have to give this tip a try Greg. I use Photoshop Elements
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If you’ve ever had to resize a group of digital picture files, you’ve likely launched your image editing program and then resized each image individually — this is an extremely time-consuming task. Windows XP has a built-in image resizing utility buried inside the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box that can quickly and easily resize a large group of digital picture files at once. Follow these steps:

1. Press [Windows]E to launch Windows Explorer.
2. Make sure the Tasks pane is visible. (The Folders button acts like a toggle switch. If the Tree pane is showing, clicking the Folders button will display the Tasks pane. Click the Folders button if the Tree pane is showing.)
3. Open the folder containing the group of digital pictures you want to resize. Select the group.
4. Under the File And Folder Task list, select the E-Mail The Selected Items command.
5. When you see the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box, click the Show More Options link to expand the dialog box.
6. Select a radio button next to one of the available sizes and click OK. A new mail message window containing the resized digital pictures as attachments will appear.
7. Pull down the File menu, select the Save Attachments command, and save all the attachments to a different folder.
8. Close the mail message window and click No in the Save Changes dialog box
Hi Greg,

I certainly appreciate you posting this information as I don't have photoshop and am very nervous about downloading a virus with free software despite having Norton anti-virus. I have been hesitant to upload photo's to this site as a they have to be so small compared to other sites I use and don't want to offend the powers that be if I upload a pic that is too large. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out what you meant by tree plane or task plane - could you explain or use a screen capture so I know what you're talking about?

Thank you,

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Hi Phil,


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On the left is the Explorer with the folder list open. The "folder button" is in the button bar at the top and by clicking that it toggles the left side between the folder list and the task list shown in the second photo. Once you have the task list open on the left you'll see the option to send email which should help you continue on with item 3-8 on the tips.

Hope this makes sense....
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whew! I think I figured it out with the help of your screen shots - thanks so much.

I was able to resized this photo from 711Kb to 52 using your method - great!
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Great job Phil.
Photo looks great.
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If you are using XP and trust Microsoft, just go to Microsoft Power Toys and download "Image Resizer." Then it is a simple right click on the picture and choose the size you want.

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My question is do any of these Freebees allow you to change the resolution? The biggest problem we see with folks trying to up load pictures here is they're trying to upload PRINT quality pictures compared to SCREEN quality pictures... which have a MUCH smaller file size.

That's what resizing does. Reduces the number of pixels hence file size.

The only thing you need to watch for is saving in jpeg format. Jpeg is graphic file compression format. You can control the amount of compression which decreases the file size, but it also messes with the quality of the picture. Some compression is a good thing, too much isn't. It's easy to play with. Change picture size (pixels) and change compression on a picture. Save with a different name (I always preserve the original). Then look at the newly save picture, look at the file size and you'll soon get a feel for compression and pixels to get a good web picture.

I figure anything that's larger than 500 pixels in one direction is too big. I set compression in the medium high area, unless it produces a much too large file, then I'll play for the best compromise.

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If you are using XP and trust Microsoft, just go to Microsoft Power Toys and download "Image Resizer." Then it is a simple right click on the picture and choose the size you want.

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I just tried that. Works pretty good. Simple and easy to use. Doesn't have the control of some of the other graphics programs but is simple enough that you might not want the other things.

I use one that not only can I resize the picture and control compression, I can also crop the picture before resizing.

If don't want to get into the control of the picture thing, then use Microsoft's.
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That's what resizing does. Reduces the number of pixels hence file size.
I'm not talking just about how many pixels. But reducing the number of pixels in a picture without changing it's physical size. You can have a picture that's 4X6 and 300 DPI which will have a large file size. Or you can have a 4X6 72 DPI picture that has a small file size. We'd prefer the 72 dpi pictures.

I'm sure you've noticed pictures that are physically small but have large file sizes on this forum.

I just tested a couple of pictures a 4x6 picture at 300 dpi (print quality) is 6 meg. The exact same picture 4x6 at 72 dpi (screen quality) is 365 kb.
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