Once in awhile, I send a photo by email attachment. People tell me that when they open it, it is too big too look at without scrolling.
What do I need to do to change this, so my email photo attachments look as normal as any I receive?
You need to edit the photos so they are a reasonable size for onscreen viewing. 640 x 480 is generally a manageable size. The easiest way to do this is with the Export command in iPhoto, but you can also use any image editing application - for example, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GraphicConverter, etc.
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An alternate approach is to use the size selector in iPhoto. First, import your pic into iPhoto; when in "organize" mode, select the photo you wish to send, click on "Email" and when the appropriate dialogue box appears, select sending the "small" or "medium" size – that way, you can still save the larger version of the picture fdor your own uses.
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Curious, would it work for the person viewing the photo to hit comand + or - to make it bigger/smaller? or is this only in the Mac world? PC users would use control instead of command right?
Whether it works or not, sending unnecessarily large photo attachments isn't very nice when the recipient has a slower internet connection than you do, or if they've got a mailbox size limit. It's just good form to size images appropriately for email.
As for your suggestion, I see this problem all the time; for Windows users with the standard image viewer app, there's a clearly labeled pair of magnifying glass buttons marked '+' and '-' for this function. And you wouldn't believe how many people never think to try clicking on them--often it doesn't even occur to them to look for such a function. So any chance you have to reduce potential consternation is worth taking!
I know what you mean by people with slow internet connections - yes it is being considerate to keep the file sizes down. My problem is the opposite lol. When I send stuff at a reduced size I get complaints! My relatives friends all want the highest resolution possible because they want to be able to use the pics I send as desktop pictures. I guess it depends upon the importance of the picture. If it's just something basic to get a point across then yeah you don't need anything bigger then 640x480 usually.
LOL @ your remarks towards windows users! very true. Even apple's Preview automaticaly scales to fit
I often use Camino to view an extra large pic someone has sent me.. drag and drop the pic into a Camino wondow.. to see it in a viewable form that matches the size of the Camino window. Clicking on it in the window makes it go full size and vice versa.
Glorusty, you could tell your Windows recipients to open the attachment in Internet Explorer for Windows instead of trying to view it in the eMail program they have.
If they have IE set to the default configuration (most do) it will always resize every photo to the window the user has open. If they're Mac users, tell them to use Preview.app instead, which has obvious size controls.
Attachments can be saved to the desktop from the eMail application. Then it's File: Open: and navigate to the desktop and the image they want to view.
Of course, if they are bewildered by it all, you might have to resize them first yourself. It depends on who is getting the eMail.
Once you use the "Attach" button or simply drag the photo into the e-mail in Apple's Mail App, notice in the bottow right hand corner of the window a tiny drop down menu that says: "Actual Size". Click on the menu and select small, medium or large and the picture size will change right in the mail window before you send it. Easy as pie.