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Old Jan 30, 2004, 4:44 PM   #1
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I am a newbie and bought a Canon A400 after getting your recommondations here on this board.

I have taken pictures and when I transfer them onto my computer, they are enourmous when I have them at 100 percent. The Canon software I used to descrease the pictures was crude so I just use photoshop now and that does the job well.

But I wanted to know, is there a way to set your digital camera up where whenever you take a picture and then download it to the computer, that it can always be a smaller image instead of the enourmous image I always get. I just wanted to know if there was a way to take out the step to resize images using photoshop and have the downloaded picture be a smaller size?
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Old Jan 30, 2004, 4:56 PM   #2
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That is a function of your viewer. I suggest you download the freeware Irfanview at www.irfanview.com. During installation when you set the associations select “Images only”

The first time you use the program go View>Display options>Fit images to window. They will always open within the screen where you don’t have to scroll. Irfanview makes a much better default viewer than Photoshop. It opens almost instantly and has a lot of nice features.
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Old Sep 22, 2004, 9:03 PM   #3
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Page 37 in your manual shows how to change

the resolution and compression. Your photos are probably set for 2048X1536

pixels. You can reduce size to 1024X768 or lower. It does not affect the photo quality that much. Good luck .. Just keep reading the manual over and over..

You will get it soon enough.. I'm a new Canon A400 owner also.. Neil:roll:


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Old Sep 23, 2004, 4:23 AM   #4
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Woa, think again.. Safetyfirst, dont do that. What W6 is suggesting will dramatically degrade the camera image quality for all shots you take.

It definately does affect the image quality. Maybe not noticeable for a screen display, but the resolution will be inadequate for a larger print.

As Slipe says, the monitor screen display is a function of the viewer, not the camera image file. So do what he says. Get the Irfanviewer, and set it up as he suggests.
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Old Sep 25, 2004, 3:09 AM   #5
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I wonder W6, what you base your recommendation & advice on when you suggest changing resolutions for SafetyFirst. To say it does not affect quality much is very different from what I've learned. e.g. for the resolutions you quote:

2048 x 1536 = 3.1 mp, but to reduce it as you suggest to,

1024 x 768 = 0.768 mp

Thats a mighty reduction in resolution/quality.

Is your advice based on viewing the image on the monitor?

If so that is understandable, you wont notice much difference,

But have you ever tried to print the image? The <1mp image will be hopeless for printing a larger image like A48 x 10.

It is best to always use the highest quality, and least compression for your images.

This is because you'll never know if sometime, somewhere, you may get a great picture from the camera, that you wish to get a good quality larger print.

This is intended to be helpfull, rather than a critism for a new Canon user.








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Old Sep 25, 2004, 11:39 AM   #6
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I have printed photos at lower resolution and was satisfied with photos.

I agree with your thoughts on better settings, but as anovice type like me,

I'm quite satisfiedhow things are.. Experiment and see all different levels

and unless my eyes are failing .. Plus I failed too see how long ago the first question was asked . Thanks for your imput... it's always in the eye of the beholder.:|
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Old Sep 25, 2004, 12:42 PM   #7
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If you're going to shoot at low resolution, sell your higher resolution camera before it deperciates any more and buy a low resolution camera for a lot less money.

Disk space and CD's are both cheap now. I recommend you shoot at the highest resolution available. You can always reduce the size of picture files for e-mailing or viewing on the screen, but someday you may get lucky and take a great one you would like to print in large format and you'll be out of luck. This goes to the difference between snapshots and photography.

Consider copying large filesoff the hard drive onto CD's and archiving them if you need the disk space. Treat them as your "negatives". You can always retrieve them if you develop a scheme to keep track of which pictures are on which CD.
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 3:20 AM   #8
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I just wanted to know if there was a way to take out the step to resize images using photoshop and have the downloaded picture be a smaller size?

Just a thought. I use the Image Resizer offered as a powertoy by Microsoft for Wondows XP:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx

Just download Imageresizer.exe and install. You can now go to a folder using Windows Explorer, right-click on an image (or several images), select "Resize Picture" and get presented with a simple wondow allowing you to resize the picture to standard sizes (1240*876, 860*640, etc.) or a custom size. You can also choose to make a copy of the file so you don't lose the original (with all the detail :-)). It's a great and simple tool. I use it to downsize pictures before e-mailing (you can resize an entire folder at a time).

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

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