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Old Apr 11, 2003, 3:08 PM   #1
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Default What Photo Sharing site is best? How to Compress Photos?

Hi,
I take my photos at the largest resolution possible. Therefore my image sizes are 2-3 megabytes each.

What is the best way to reduce the file size? How is it done? I have Photoshop 6.0 (new to me).

Is there a standard size for resizing photos for these web posting sites?

I see free and Pay$ sites, does anyone have opinions on the non obvious differences?

Any advice given is appreciated. Thank you all.

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Old Apr 11, 2003, 9:18 PM   #2
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Try Imagestation.com, its free
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 11:06 AM   #3
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I like this one:

http://www.picturetrail.com/ysr_racer
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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Try Imagestation.com, its free
I tryed this one, but It's necessary that people sign in to view your pics...
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Old May 11, 2003, 10:59 PM   #5
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Default Reducing file size

Lots of programs will reduce file size, but they don't tell you what the file size is going to be - you have to select a 'quality' or some such and make your own guess whether the quality you've chosen will give the file size you want. It's very much hit and miss.

But there is ONE program (there may be others but I haven't found them) that DOES let you pick the file size you want in advance. It's called JPEG Optimizer. Here's the URL of the site where you can get it -

http://www.xat.com/
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Old May 24, 2003, 8:48 AM   #6
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I did some experiments once for web thumbnails: Medium compressed JPEGS versus down sampled Bitmaps of similar file sizes. The bitmaps opened quicker looked better and took less time to download on slower pc's
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Old May 31, 2003, 5:34 AM   #7
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What is the best way to reduce the file size? How is it done? I have Photoshop 6.0 (new to me).

Is there a standard size for resizing photos for these web posting sites?

I see free and Pay$ sites, does anyone have opinions on the non obvious differences?
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Try using the 'Save for web' option in PS. (Resize your images first).
Here are some tutorials and a list of photo-sharing sites:
http://pixtool.info

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 3:45 PM   #8
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This is my photo sharing site, it has over 400 members and is growing nicly.


http://www.focusu.com
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Old Jun 7, 2005, 4:43 PM   #9
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Hi,
I take my photos at the largest resolution possible. Therefore my image sizes are 2-3 megabytes each.

What is the best way to reduce the file size? How is it done? I have Photoshop 6.0 (new to me).

Is there a standard size for resizing photos for these web posting sites?

I see free and Pay$ sites, does anyone have opinions on the non obvious differences?

Any advice given is appreciated. Thank you all.

Matt
Hi Matt-

There have been some good responses to your post, but I thought I'd offer my two sense as well :-):

REDUCING AN IMAGE SIZE:

Using Photoshop you can do two things:
1) Reduce the actual viewable SIZE of the image (similar to reducing a photograph that fills your entire wall to one that could be placed in an 8x10" frame... or a wallet size...depending on what you want, exactly). You can do that with photoshop by going to IMAGE->IMAGE SIZE-> and then typing in whatever new size you want your photo to be. Photoshop is pre-set to keep the height/width ratio the same, so that picture scaling is as easy as possible.

2) Save the file in a different format. Different formats compress the photo data more efficiently than others. If you go to FILE->SAVE AS you will have the option of saving your file as a multitude of file types. jpeg/.jpg and .gif are the most size-economical and are the standard for pictures on the internet. .psd is the highest quality and standard format for PhotoShop (and therefore a MUCH bigger file). If you select the option to save it as .jpeg/.jpg you will be able to preview the re-edited file and decide what quality you want to save it with, putting you in control of how much space/quality you want your picture to have.

Use these two methods to optimize your pictures for your needs :G


PHOTO SHARING SITES:

As far as SHARING pictures goes... people have suggested many good sites. One I haven't seen mentioned is actually a program that lets you string multiple pictures together and share themthrough email, web links,or burn them to CD's. Rather than having various separate pictures floating around in online albums, you can organize them into VERY easily viewable shows. I got the program at http://www.photonshow.comand here's a show I just made to put into the "personals" section:
http://izotope.com/ps/v.asp?u=640073...&s=jkIgVY7
(only took me about 6 minutes to do.... FYI).


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You'll find http://www.pbase.com to be a very popular site for sharing photos. It's not free, but it's quite nice.

Pbase.com gives you a lot of "bang for the buck" (ability to upload multiple images in a single .zip file; customizable album templates; your own forum for each album you create; a guestbook; ability to see small, medium, large or original size images without you needing to create the different sizes; same photos can be in more than one album without taking up more space;compression of images to save space if you want to do that, direct linking to photos, no login required for others to view your photos, etc.).

It's only $23/year for 300mb of storage with unlimited bandwidth to your images (and bandwidth usagecan "backfire" on you if you are usingsome web hosting services and lots of users decide to view your photos). Here is their pricing page:

http://www.pbase.com/pricing.html

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