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March 15, 2005

Resizing Images for Store and Classified Listings

Several of you have emailed me recently asking how to resize your images so that you can add them to your Store or Classified listing.

We have chosen to limit the size of the images to 40k so that when people are viewing the listings, they will load and display quickly without a long wait time. But sometimes this requires that you resize your pictures first before you can post them. I will explain how to do this in several of the most common image editing applications.

I usually use Adobe PhotoShop for my image editing work. If you have a recent version of Adobe PhotoShop, here are the steps you can use. When you first get pictures off of your digital camera or scanned in, they are probably too big to upload to your Longears Mall listings. To fix this, first open them up in PhotoShop. Then click on the "Images" menu and then select the "Image Size" selection on that menu.


A window opens that looks like this.


Make sure the "Constrain Proportions" and "Resample Image" check boxes are checked, at the bottom of the window. Then change the image width to something a little smaller. I usually like to make my listing images around 6 to 8 inches wide. With the Constrain Proportions checkbox checked, PhotoShop will automatically figure out what the image height needs to be to stay in proportion when you change the width (and visa versa). You should also make sure that the resolution box says 72 pixels/inch (this is the right resolution for display on computer monitors but is different for printing).


Click "Ok" when you have finished specifying the image size, and your photo will be resized for you. To view the actual image size, you may have to zoom in. On the "View" menu, select the "Actual Pixels" selection, and your image will be displayed at its actual screen size.


Now there is another step to make your image file size a little smaller. On the "File" menu, select "Save for Web" (this option is only available in later versions of PhotoShop).


A window will open that looks like this:


Select "JPG Medium" or "JPG Low" quality in the Settings selection box so that the file size estimate displayed in the lower left corner of this window shows a size smaller than 40 K. If it is still larger than 40K, you may have to resize your image smaller as described earlier in this article. Once you have selected "JPG Medium" or "JPG Low" and the file size estimate is less than 40K, you can click the "Ok" button.

Another window will open asking you to pick a place to save the new image and a name for the image. Complete these steps, and your photo should be ready to post in your Longears Mall listings.

If you have any problems with this, or need additional help figuring out the steps, please email us and we will be happy to help you. I will explain how to resize images using a few other kinds of photo editing software in future articles.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 15, 2005 08:21 PM