So we’ve all been the victim of it and perhaps some of us have even been the perpetrators of it…attack of the giant photos. You know the story, you get a cute photo of your Aunt Susie’s new puppy, right click to open it and BAM, the photo is HUGE, takes up your whole browser and you have to scroll just to see if the dog is a beagle or a Great Dane. Sorta like this (except this is a guy, not a puppy….but you knew that):
But what’s a person to do to prevent these future attacks? Well, you can’t do much to prevent an attack on you…but you CAN ensure that you are never ever again the perpetrator of such an attack. How? It’s called resizing your image for the web. High resolution (meant for printing) image are usually anywhere between 1500 and 3500 pixels across, whereas an image is best viewed online between 600 and 800 pixels across, with the longest side being no larger than 1000 pixels (as a general rule). Big difference, right? You betcha. When someone sends an image via email at full resolution, you get attacked by the giant photo. By simply resizing it, your viewers can happily look at your new puppy with no fear.
There are many ways to make this happen, but probably the easiest and most user friendly (assuming you have email set up in Outlook or the like) is to simply right click on the image you want to send (or, in the case of wanting to send several images, highlight all those images and then right click), click on “send to” in the box that pops up and click on “mail recipient”. It’ll ask you what size you want the image(s) to be and then attach it directly to your email.
If you want to send an image from, say, Google (in other words, an online email account), I recommend doing one of two things: 1) upload your photos to Flickr or Picasa or a similar online photo sharing program, which will automatically resize your images for optimal web viewing and then send the link to the album via email; OR 2) download a free photo editing program like Splashup to resize and edit your photos before sending them via email. The added bonus of a program like SplashUp is not only is it free and resizes your images, you can also do things like increase the saturation, turn your photo into a black and white or even sepia image, add fun text boxes, etc. Just a couple extra minutes of your time optimizing your photos will make many a happy viewer (and you’ll get to hear “ooooo, such a cute puppy” instead of “ooooo, such a cute puppy eyeball” that much more often).
And remember….only YOU can prevent giant photo attacks.