Downsizing Photos!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by embalmess, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. embalmess macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Some friends took family pictures and emailed to me, I put them in iPhoto but they are sooooooooo big (files). How do I downsize them so I can email them out??? Argh!! :p
  2. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    Export, resize dimension.
  3. Jonnyfive macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2007
    British Columbia
    Select the photos you want to email then on the top of iphoto click share then it will let you pick between 3 sizes to mail them out.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can also resize photos with Preview: Tools > Adjust Size.
  5. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    you can also use the automater to bulk adjust photos.
  6. Uoila macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2007
  7. embalmess thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Thanks for all your responses!!

    Uoila.... how do I use it once it's in the dashboard?? When that page is open, how to I click and drag something to it? It covers the whole screen? :confused:
  8. Uoila macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2007
    drag it.

    Grab a photo and move it like if you were going to drag it to another folder..... then hit your dashboard hotkey and drag it onto the shackle box.

    The photo will stay "stuck" to you cursor even after dashboard comes up.
  9. embalmess thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Grrrrrr, you must think I'm idiot. I don't know what the hotkey is, I tried looking it up and it says my box is empty. Do I invent one? :confused::confused::confused:
  10. Uoila macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2007
    Your dashboard hotkey kind of depends. If your F4 key has a little gauge icon on it.... that is your key, otherwise for older macbook models i believe the hotkey was F12.

    Try both and you should find the one that work.

    If that fails, you can set a new on in (System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts)
  11. mcnicks macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    Taking a slightly different tack, this applescript will resize a photo so that its largest dimension is 500 pixels long and save the scaled version to your desktop. Paste the code into Script Editor then save it as an application (there is a 'file format' pull down menu in the save dialogue box for that). Save the application somewhere and then put it into your dock. Then you will be able to drag photos straight from iPhoto onto it, and the resized versions will appear on your desktop.

    on open some_items
    	repeat with this_item in some_items
    		end try
    	end repeat
    end open
    to rescale_and_save(this_item)
    	tell application "Image Events"
    		set target_length to 500
    		set this_image to open this_item
    		set typ to this_image's file type
    		scale this_image to size target_length
    		tell application "Finder"
    			set dest to folder "Desktop" of home
    			set new_item to (dest as string) & "scaled." & (name of this_item)
    			save this_image in new_item as typ
    		end tell
    	end tell
    end rescale_and_save
  12. mcnicks macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    Also, if you want to use a dashboard widget to resize your pictures, enable a "screen corner" by going into the "Exposé" tab of "Exposé and Spaces" preferences and set one of the corners to "Dashboard". Then you can drag a file into that corner, and the dashboard will automatically appear. No keypresses required.

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