How to Email photos at full size and resolution

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MaryD14, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. MaryD14 macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010

    Can anyone help me please. (I'm not sure if this is the correct Forum page, if not then I apologise - I'm new to MacRumors today)

    I have a new 27" desktop Mac with the latest software.

    I'm trying to send a photo by email without any loss of image size or resolution.

    I've tried three ways of doing this:-

    - from within the IPHOTO page and clicking on email at bottom
    - from within an email in MAIL and clicking on 'Attach' paperclip
    - by dragging a photo from IPHOTOS into the mail message

    No matter what I do the 2.0 MB photo is automatically reduced to 23 KB even though I click on 'Actual Size (Full Quality)'

    There has to be something I'm doing wrong.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Many thanks.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I suggest you making an acc to ImageShack as it's free and lets you easily upload photos at full quality anywhere in the world and then create galleries which can easily be linked into email.

    Most email providers don't allow big attachments as they causes more load to their servers and also crashes the inbox.
  3. MaryD14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    Many thanks for your suggestion Hellhammer.

    But is that really the only way I can perform such a basic task in email on a Mac?
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I just tried this myself and I was able to do it. If you drag an image to mail, there will be a drop-down box in the bottom right corner where you can choose the size of the pic. Image is used was 4.3MB so even bigger than yours.

    I still prefer for ImageShack when emailing pics as it takes horribly long time to upload them and they always crash the receivers inbox
  5. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    What email provider are you using? Its quite possible that its them resizing your images, and not the Mail app.
  6. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I can see iPhoto sending a reduced size image. I can't imagine the image shrinking any other way. Very odd. I suppose it is possible that the ISP is reducing the file size, even that is very odd. Are these jpg images?

    Try making a zip file of the image and sending that as an attachment. A third party would not likely unzip the image, compress it differently and then rezip it.

    I still think something else is going on. 23kB out of a 2MB image is just wrong. It sounds like they are looking at the thumbnail of the image.

    Are you sending from a Mac to a windows machine? Maybe the recipient is somehow grabbing the thumbnail?

    If the recipient is using windows try using the paperclip icon to send the attachment and then be sure to click the option at the bottom of the screen for sending windows friendly files.
  7. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Is it 23kb in your outgoing email when you look at it in your sent folder, or is the recipient telling you its 23kb?
  8. MaryD14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    Hellhammer you absolute genius - thanks for pointing out that little option in the bottom corner of the email - I think I must be blind! Hallelujah it works!

    Why didn't I join this forum and ask this question weeks ago!!!!

    I'm now a very happy person. :)
  9. MaryD14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    Oops, meant to say a huge thanks to the rest of you guys for your help!

    Much appreciated.
  10. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah that little drop down in the bottom right corner has saved me many, many times. I also send them in Medium (mid-quality) format because anyone who receives it can amp up the photo themself on their computer. It also allows the pictures to send faster, and when you're on the go it's great.
  11. golf.glitz macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Thank you Hellhammer!

    I couldn't agree more with MaryD14. I've been wondering how to send pictures without losing the resolution. You are genius Hellhammer! Thanks from me too!:D

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