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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Preparing Images - using Picture Manager, and Paint.

MS Paint, or just Paint, is available through your Programs - Accessories folder, from your computer's Start option.

MS Picture Manager is available via MS Office Program - Tools.

In a previous post, I described the way I prepare a photo for posting to a blog.

Maybe there's a better, easier way, but I always have success with this method, and, after 6 years of blogging, and hundreds of images posted to over 30 blogs, my storage usage on Picasa is around 30 Mbs of my 1Gb limit! I'm doing something right!

Many bloggers feel that they have to upload an image in it's original size. Maybe they think it will look better? No. It won't - unless you muck around too much with it - re-sizing and compressing, etc. If you don't believe me, please look at this post on Images and Saving Storage space, I did a while back. There's 3 images there - all look alike, but are differently presented.

Some bloggers ask;

"How do I make my Profile Photo smaller, to fit?

Basically, it is easy. I always follow these steps:-

  • Make a copy of the original, and save it in My Documents / My Pictures
  • Open the copy in MS Picture Manager (or equivalent program)
  • Crop, and re-size. Sometimes I compress, as well
  • Tart-it-up with MS Paint - borders, or text additions
  • Save it.

The following images take you through the process:

The original image is now cropped, re-sized, and has a blue border. It is also 19.1 Kbs, and won't contribute greatly to the drain of my storage space on Picasa.


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