Trade Tricks: Be Kind And Resize
E-mailing photos the nice way
It has happened to all of us. You click on an e-mail to open it and the waiting begins. The little spinning e-mail icon goes around and around. Your patience is running thin. Well, Uncle Pete didn't really mean to e-mail you a 10-megabyte file; he just didn't realize the necessity of resizing.
If you or someone you know is confused about e-mail etiquette, don't stress over it. Preparing pictures to e-mail for the first time can be confusing, but we have some easy tips to help you understand how to send your pictures to avoid freezing computers and frustrating your friends and family.
If you're only sending one or two images, changing the width, height and resolution to a smaller size will make it easier for your recipient to download the images. A recommended size is 4x6 (vertical) or 6x4 inches (horizontal) at 72 pixels per inch (ppi).
Open the image in Photoshop and go to:
1. Image > Image Size.
2. Check the box "Resample Image".
3. In the dialog box, change the height to either 4x6 or 6x4 and the resolution to 72 ppi.
4. Click OK.
Save your image in a separate file for e-mail attachments so when you're browsing your files it will be easy to identify it (and future images).
If you have several images to share, create a contact sheet. Doing this allows you to send multiple images, at a lower resolution, in one or two small files.