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Air Randy
12-09-2008, 07:27 PM
How do you convert a digital photo to a small enough format (500x100 pixels or 19.5kb) that you can use it for an avatar or signature photo?

I've tried using every file converter tool I can find for jpeg format, and I can't shrink a photo that started out at 67Kb any smaller than 22Kb

12-09-2008, 07:47 PM

1. Send it to me.

2. Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

12-10-2008, 12:30 AM
Photobucket.com (http://photobucket.com) :cool:

12-10-2008, 08:39 AM
1. Send it to Matt

2. Photoshop

12-10-2008, 08:47 AM
Or just open it in Paint, make it smaller, and save it (.jpg).

12-10-2008, 08:48 AM
If you happen to be running a Mac, there's a handy little resizer freeware called Thumbs Up. Drop and drag your photo on it and it generates a thumbnail for you. I use it all the time to make small photos for the forum.



If you're running that other clunky desktop OS, I'm sure there's an equivalent, although I use GIMP here at work (I run dual boot Linux/XP).

12-10-2008, 09:00 AM
Or just open it in Paint, make it smaller, and save it (.jpg).

that's what I do. Treeroot makes fun of me for it though, but it works. :D

image, attributes, to see where you are, then figure out what percentage of that you need to be... then image, stretch & skew.... type in those percentages. voila.

12-10-2008, 09:08 AM
I use Photoshop, but I also have an account with a photo-hosting site, Smugmug. The photo hosting site allows me to resize and link to the photos rather than having to upload them to the forum. Using a photo hosting site is also useful as an extra "backup" for your photos in the event you lose them on your storage drive.

12-10-2008, 12:18 PM
Photo shop, MS photo editor, Paint etc. I am sure you are done by now

12-10-2008, 03:30 PM
I use the "Image Resizer" found here --> Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx)
Download it, load it, and it is resident and available by a simple right click of the mouse :D

There are three standard "resize" settings: Small, Medium, Large and then custom sizing to whatever you want. What I like most about it is that you can highlight 1 or 100 pictures and resize them all with one simple right click of the mouse. Makes resizing pictures to post up super simple :thumb:

Air Randy
12-10-2008, 06:52 PM
I tried a lot of the other techniques but couldn't get it below 22 Kb. I went into another program and removed all of the metafile data and that allowed it to go down to 5 Kb. Thus you will now notice my new avatar:thumb:

I also down loaded the utility Corsair recommended for future use.

Thanks for all of the help!