Shrinking photos with iPhoto? A little help please : )

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  1. vakej macrumors member

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    Hello:

    This will probably sound like a "no brainer," but I'm still relatively new to macs.

    So to shrink a photo on a PC I would:
    Download photos from my camera to the PC.
    Open up Paint, and click on Image > Stretch/Skew
    Enter a percentage to shrink the photo (e.g. 25% of the original size).

    By doing this, I'm able to shrink a 8MB photo to 150KB. No cropping required.

    Can I do this with a iPhoto, or another application? :confused:

    Thanks,

    VJ

    ps -I reviewed a book at borders, but couldn't find a section that discussed this...
     
  2. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    If you want to keep the dimensions of the photo the same, open the photo in Preview and just click Save As, then decrease the quality until the file size is small enough.

    BTW, the photo size is probably 8MB, not 8GB. :)
     
  3. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Or you can choose File>Export and select "Scale images no larger than."
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    except that will change the size of the picture.
     
  5. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not seeing the problem there. Isn't that what the OP wants?
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    as far as i can tell, the original poster wants to keep the size of the picture the same, but shrink the amount of disk space it eats up.
     
  7. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    I can see that now. I guess we'll have to wait to see if he tells us what he really wants.

    BTW, What does an 8 GB pic look like? :eek:
     
  8. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    "Open up Paint, and click on Image > Stretch/Skew
    Enter a percentage to shrink the photo (e.g. 25% of the original size)."

    Well thats how you make a picture smaller, as in dimensions not just file size, in MSPaint, so you are right, igucl. Thanks, that tip will also help me :)
     
  9. vakej thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry if the original post was unclear. :eek:

    That's exactly what I'm trying to do.

    "Igucl" you mentioned File>Export and select "Scale images no larger than."

    Once I open the picture in preview, do I select "File>Export"? I don't see "Export" as an option under the drop down menu under File. I must be doing something wrong....

    Please let me know...THANKS :)

    VJ
     
  10. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    Two other free options to use if you dont want to use iphoto.
    These two are really good for photographers.

    1. photo drop can resample image dimensions or resize to a max dimension. Only thing is that its destructive. Your original file will be replaced with the new size unless you backed up the original.

    2. smallImage can scale to a certain percentage or resize to a fixed width. Can be non-destructive.
     
  11. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    He was refering to iphoto and not preview.
     
  12. vakej thread starter macrumors member

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  13. Applespider macrumors G4

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    If you're shrinking them in order to mail them to people then you can just send them to Mail and choose what size you want them once they get there.

    From iPhoto, you can click export (under the file menu) and choose what pixel size you want, and it will shrink them accordingly and save them wherever.
     

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