Probably been asked already, but I'm really tired and going buggy! I'm finally working on my site and now I have a limit on my pic size for the first page. That's fine, but the pics I need/want to use are too big. How do I decrease they're pixel size? I'm really hoping someone here can tell me or I'll have to pick another template and start over! My store will never open at this rate.
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I have had similar problems in the past with photos. If you take them with a hd camera, there's way too much hi def for websites, and they take ages to download when opening your page. I'm not sure if all computers come with a way of decreasing size automatically but there are a few ways.
If you upload a picture to Facebook, they resize the photo to host it. You can then redownload it at the smaller size.
Or you can get a photo/image manipulation programme for your computer. Some are free. I use GIMP which is like an open-source photoshop, but it's probably quite complicated in comparison to uploading your picture to social media.
You can also try screen-shotting the photo whilst its on your computer screen. Depends what computer you have but that should be a quite simple way to make a low resolution pic.
Hopefully someone else knows an even easier way...
If one is going to be a publisher, one should learn to use the tools; not depend on a work-around like running a photo through a social media site to change dpi. Besides, this is a simple operation in either Gimp or Photoshop.
1. Open the photo with Gimp (or open Gimp, then drag the photo onto the work area)
2. Click on "Scale Image" in the Image drop down menu. A box will open.
3. Change the resolution. They are linked (see the little chain?) so you only need to change one. You most likely want 72 dpi for your web page.
4. Save to image. I use a different name so that the original still has all of the information available for possible future manipulations.
5. That's it!
Photoshop is just about as simple. Adobe has some nice monthly pricing that make it easy to get and use this industry standard; there are also lots of tutorials and online help. I do not work for Adobe, just use their products a lot.
use "PAINT" which comes with windows - FREE 8-} , or similar (I use paint.net also free) and upload your photo there. OR easiest RIGHT-CLICK on your photo and go to "OPEN WITH" and 'PAINT' will show up there - choose this. when your photo opens there - at the top menu bar is a selection RESIZE click on that and change your pixel size there, you can also change size in inches.. Save & your are set ! Let me know if I can clarify further !
@alwayssomething I believe the poster was asking about resizing the DPI, not the physical size. You are not able to change the DPI to 72 in Paint. Only the physical size. (72 DPI or P/I is was is best for web use.)
This was updated to clarify for others.
@RMeaders This was super helpful to those of us not familiar with GIMP. The issue I'm running into now is that it saves it as an .XCF file and GoDaddy's GoCentral doesn't allow that type of file. Any suggestions?
Also, in general...
PNG files are best for logos and drawn images. They can adjust better than other file types for mobile devices without quality loss. (They have what is referred to as "lossless" compression.) However, keep in mind, a file saved in the PNG file format is usually a large file size than JPEG.
JPEG files are best for photos and save space on your site by reducing file size. Other things may come into play for your application, but in general this is best for pics. So when you Export your file, change the DPI and Export As the file type best for your needs.