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Old 09-07-04, 12:18 PM   #1
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photo help

Dear Forum Members,

I am using Microsoft Photo Editor to reduce my photos to the uploading limit. The resizing makes the photos blurry. Does anybody out there know of a way to resize the photos so the image stays clear?

Thanks, Galen
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Old 09-07-04, 12:32 PM   #2
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Stop using MS Photo Editor. It's a default install on our systems here at work so I've got experience with it. The resampling algorithms in that program are horrible.

Inexpensive alternatives are Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop Elements. I prefer Elements... I use "regular" Photoshop at home but my wife's PC has Elements and it has 95% of the functionality of Photoshop at a fair price.

You can also go with freeware... something like Infranview.
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I don't use the MS software, but have a couple recommendations that may help. 1) make sure the resize retains the original aspect ratio. If its getting blurry, it may be because its trying to stretch or compress the horizontal or vertical. Its like trying to fit a movie picture into a normal tv screen - you have to compress the width a lot more than the height. 2) crop to get the core of the pic - eliminate any extraneous stuff you can; though note that this can be the cause of issues addressed in '1)' above.

p.s. why did you blur your stoker's face??
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I don't use the MS software, but have a couple recommendations that may help. 1) make sure the resize retains the original aspect ratio. If its getting blurry, it may be because its trying to stretch or compress the horizontal or vertical. Its like trying to fit a movie picture into a normal tv screen - you have to compress the width a lot more than the height. 2) crop to get the core of the pic - eliminate any extraneous stuff you can; though note that this can be the cause of issues addressed in '1)' above.

p.s. why did you blur your stoker's face??

The aspect ratio is unchanged in the photos.... and the stoker would prefer to keep the pervs at bay.
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Old 09-07-04, 01:52 PM   #5
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There is an XP Powertoy called ImageResizer, it lets you resize images easily with a right-click.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx
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Old 09-07-04, 04:07 PM   #6
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I agree with sblack, get the powertoy resizer, for stuff that's not too important, it does a great job scaling down the full res images I have to send to friends or websites.
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Irfanview! It's small, its independent (of the O/S) and it's free! None better IMO!
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yeah, but your still limted to the size you can post here, unless you host the photo somewhere else on the web.

go to www.imageshack.us and browse to the selected photo on your HD, then imageshack will host it, up to 1024KB as of late, and you can copy and paste the URL anywhere, they even have a thumbnail option, and its all free.
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