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Title: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 17, 2015, 03:57:56 PM
I have made a simple instruction how to resize pictures before you post it.
It is very frustrating when people post pictures that is so big it is impossible to read the replies on that whole page normally.


I used the ultimate image editing software - Microsoft Paint. It is available on all computers running Windows.


Here it goes in pictures step by step.


When you have resized the image, choose "Save as" if you don't want to destroy the original image.
Then post your image.


Cheers
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 17, 2015, 04:02:15 PM
Original size vs resized
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 17, 2015, 10:11:13 PM
I try to stay away from Mozilla (And Godzilla). I stick to Google Chrome, but thanks for the tip :-)
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: synchro1 on April 18, 2015, 02:42:56 AM
If you upload a picture that's too large that stretches the page all you need to do is clear the attachment to shrink it again.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Tito L. Oracion on April 18, 2015, 04:07:56 AM
You could use irfanview its just a simple task to do.  :'(






 ;D
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Doug1 on April 18, 2015, 02:07:03 PM
This page should be locked as the first thread of the home page. It has always been a bone of contention ,threads can become totally useless.  :o Old people :-\
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Pirate88179 on April 18, 2015, 07:40:40 PM
Vidar:

Well done.  I hope now everyone will use this, or any other method to keep images the correct size.

We should keep bumping this topic to keep it on the top of the home page.

As mentioned, if too large a photo is posted, it is easily removed by selecting "Modify" and then "(Clear Attachment)"
and then resize and attach again.

Bill
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: TinselKoala on April 18, 2015, 07:56:38 PM
I use the Gimp, it's free, available for all platforms (I usually work on Linux boxen) and is nearly full PhotoShop in terms of capability.

Whatever you use... use _something_ to keep your maximum image width under 1024 pixels wide. 800 pixels wide is usually plenty. If you need to show some detail, crop it out from the larger image and show that cropped detail.

I use mtPaint to add notations, just because it's so easy. It will also resize but personally I like the Gimp for everything except annotations.

And I'm old!

(but Jung at heart....)
 ;)
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: TinselKoala on April 18, 2015, 07:58:16 PM
If you upload a picture that's too large that stretches the page all you need to do is clear the attachment to shrink it again.

As long as you do it within the "edit time window" which is not that long. After the time has expired you can't edit your posts any more.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: TinselKoala on April 18, 2015, 08:05:04 PM
You could use irfanview its just a simple task to do.  :'(






 ;D

I use irfanview and a bunch of other graphics programs regularly, since I practice the arcane art of astrophotography. I even use PixInsight for a lot of things. But for simple cropping and resizing, white-balance correction, etc. the Gimp rules in terms of ease-of-use.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Brian516 on April 18, 2015, 08:24:52 PM
Quick unrelated question -  What is the easiest/best video editing software that I can also add notations and such with? (or combo of programs)?
I really, really need to learn how to do it.. It's something I've never bothered to do, so I know nothhhhingggggg!

Free, of course....
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: TinselKoala on April 18, 2015, 10:52:02 PM
Quick unrelated question -  What is the easiest/best video editing software that I can also add notations and such with? (or combo of programs)?
I really, really need to learn how to do it.. It's something I've never bothered to do, so I know nothhhhingggggg!

Free, of course....

I use OpenShot, and make annotations and titles both solid background and transparent background, for it using mtPaint. OpenShot is very versatile and has lots of options and is pretty easy to use. It even does key-frame animations, and can make stop-motion videos from a directory full of numbered still images. The only drawback is that it sometimes crashes on my system, so I have developed the habit of clicking the "save" icon after every change I make in the video I'm editing. I use it to make all my videos. The output file size can be large, especially in HD formats (there are many output formats to choose from) so I generally do another stage of transcoding on the OpenShot output, with WinFF.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: synchro1 on April 18, 2015, 10:55:54 PM
As long as you do it within the "edit time window" which is not that long. After the time has expired you can't edit your posts any more.

@TinselKoala,

Good point.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 19, 2015, 07:28:23 PM
Quick unrelated question -  What is the easiest/best video editing software that I can also add notations and such with? (or combo of programs)?
I really, really need to learn how to do it.. It's something I've never bothered to do, so I know nothhhhingggggg!

Free, of course....
I downloaded Paint.Net on another computer I have that has been running slow lately - specially on Adobe Photoshop.
In Paint.Net you can add layers so you can edit parts of an image, also delete objects without affecting the content on the other layers.
It is for free, and I find it quite functional. Many other functions in it too.
You can save your multi layer image as a JPEG by "Flattening" the image first (Merging the layers into one background layer - which is not longer a layer...).




Vidar
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 19, 2015, 07:47:56 PM
This page should be locked as the first thread of the home page. It has always been a bone of contention ,threads can become totally useless.  :o Old people :-\
I will ask Stefan to pin it.


Vidar
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Brian516 on April 20, 2015, 07:25:19 PM
I use OpenShot, and make annotations and titles both solid background and transparent background, for it using mtPaint. OpenShot is very versatile and has lots of options and is pretty easy to use. It even does key-frame animations, and can make stop-motion videos from a directory full of numbered still images. The only drawback is that it sometimes crashes on my system, so I have developed the habit of clicking the "save" icon after every change I make in the video I'm editing. I use it to make all my videos. The output file size can be large, especially in HD formats (there are many output formats to choose from) so I generally do another stage of transcoding on the OpenShot output, with WinFF.

Sounds good to me.   I notice that it's for Linux.  Hopefully I can get it to work on Ubuntu 14 on my Lab PC.   I have Winslows7 and Ubuntu 14 on it, but that's the one I had to re-do and I still haven't redone the bootloader so that I can boot into Linux.

As for this laptop, I have 500GB of movies and such that I'm currently transferring over to another 1TB external so I can have space for Linux.  Then I will finally get to use all the good stuff on a worthy OS.   

Thanks for the recommendations!
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Brian516 on April 20, 2015, 07:29:31 PM
I downloaded Paint.Net on another computer I have that has been running slow lately - specially on Adobe Photoshop.
In Paint.Net you can add layers so you can edit parts of an image, also delete objects without affecting the content on the other layers.
It is for free, and I find it quite functional. Many other functions in it too.
You can save your multi layer image as a JPEG by "Flattening" the image first (Merging the layers into one background layer - which is not longer a layer...).

Vidar

Doesn't GIMP do all of that as well?   I have it installed but haven't really bothered to learn it since I haven't needed to do any real photo editing yet.   I've mostly been using Irfanview for resizing and such since it's easier and all in one window.
Once I run into something where I need to actually do some photo editing, I'll keep Paint.NET in mind and check out the reviews and features compared to GIMP.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Low-Q on April 20, 2015, 08:04:06 PM
Doesn't GIMP do all of that as well?   I have it installed but haven't really bothered to learn it since I haven't needed to do any real photo editing yet.   I've mostly been using Irfanview for resizing and such since it's easier and all in one window.
Once I run into something where I need to actually do some photo editing, I'll keep Paint.NET in mind and check out the reviews and features compared to GIMP.
I have no experience with GIMP, but I might give it an eyeball.
I have used Paint.Net because (even if it is 0.0001% of the capability of Photoshop) there are somewhat similar ways to add, merge and edit layers. It also have "advanced" level and color balance features. Helps a lot to lighten dark images - not on expense of dark and bright parts in the image, but only lighten midtones. Like the two images attached.
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: gravityblock on August 11, 2015, 11:26:16 PM
A person's screen resolution has a lot to do with it.  The resolution on my screen is 1920 x 1080 (16:9).  An image that fits nicely on my screen may not fit nicely on a screen that is using 800 x 600.  Most websites don't have this problem because they properly scale the page and images to fit the screen.  You can either raise the screen resolution for your monitor if it's not already at it's highest resolution and increase the font size, or you can use the zoom in/out functions in your web browser by pressing the Ctrl and minus/plus keys.  The web browser also allows you to adjust the font size.  What I'm saying is, one person may say the image is too small and at a resolution that is hard to make out the finer details, and another person may say the image is too big.  So re-sizing your image before posting isn't always the best solution.  IMO, this issue would be best resolved by Stephan.


Gravock
Title: Re: Resize your image before posting - instructions
Post by: Corton on November 26, 2019, 03:45:10 AM
Thanks, this was useful.