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reducing pic size without loss of quality?

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  1. Alphatoner

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    Hope someone can answer this.

    I have an Olympus 5060wz.

    file size for each pic comes in at about 5mb. Using olympus supplied sw whenever i try to reduce the image size and/or the file size the quality of the resized image is truly awful.

    For example to pics down to a size of 40k to post on this forum, this is the result. (resizes to 300x150 pixels)

    Any suggestion about an alternative or what i'm doing wrong?
     

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  2. stevegreen

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    You can resize to 800x800 and 120kb on the forum mate. Apart from that I have no real suggestions as I have not used the software package you use. Don't know if a different package would improve things :)
     
  3. RobertP

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    When you save as jpg there is usually an option to choose the quality. Most programs have it as a button in the save dialog box - though it could be elsewhere in the prog you are using.

    You need to set the quality at or near its highest (also referred to as lowest compression) so it will make a bigger file size with higher quality.

    Once you have proved it can save with acceptable quality you can play with the image size and save quality (file size) to get what you need.
     
  4. T0MAT01

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    If you don't like the software you've got, you could try Google's Picasa:
    http://picasa.google.com/index.html

    Free download there.

    You can select the image size as well as the level of quality when you export a jpeg.

    I find it does what I want, like sharpen and fill light and it's easy to use.
     
  5. seany

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    The other solution to sharing your photos with others online is to get yourself some web space/ or an online gallery and image link the photo from there.

    Eg: 369KB
    [​IMG]
     
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    Another free download and probably the best bit of software I use is Irfanview :)
     
  7. Alphatoner

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    Thanks guys I'll try those suggestions out
     
  8. MattB1

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    when re-sizing down also ensure that you increase the resolution (ppi). Otherwise straight lines will look jagged and the quality will look aweful. A lot of packags will maintain a ppi of 72 by default when you resize down.
     

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