Have you ever spent hours of frustration trying to resize a photo in your Mac’s iPhoto down to Avatar size? Yesterday I was trying to fill in my Profile in a Forum I’d just joined. I tried to upload a photo of myself for my Avatar. They had a pixel limit of 100×100 pixels, and no matter how I cropped and saved and uploaded, this site’s software stubbornly refused to upload my edited photos. I tried doing it in iPhoto itself, but the size adjustment was already on the smallest setting.
Here’s What Didn’t Work
First I tried to use my Gravatar – you do have a Gravatar….don’t you! I’ve never had any problems using Gravatar before, and I’ve been posting comments on lots of other forums and websites. Why? Because posting comments on other people’s websites is a good method of generating traffic back to your own site. But this particular Forum had some weird, antiquated software for uploading that I’ve not seen anywhere else before – and it didn’t do a good job!
Tip for young players: when something you are trying to do online, refuses to do what you want it to do, blame the software. That’s what I do. Why? It preserves your self-esteem, and allows you to sail serenely on, with supreme, super-hero-self-confidence in your tireless pursuit of … Living the Dream!….. for example, making a bundle online, and retiring to a tropical island (substitute personal dream of choice here).
OK, if you haven’t been paying attention and following my advice and instructions in How to Add a Photo to Your Online Comments, consider yourself noticed…..and go to Gravatar.com at your earliest opportunity. Make some Avatars/Gravatars, and start adding Authority to your online comments – it’s a free Gravatar service and in most forums and websites, and it works a treat.
Note to self: Focus!! Quite right.
So yesterday I gave up the photo shrinking struggle, but today I started researching how to resize photos in Mac iPhoto – because no one wants to be defeated by a machine, and… I saw an opportunity to help out my readers in case they ever run up against this same problem. Here is what I learned – and yes, this works.
Step By Step Instructions How to Resize Photo Sizes in iPhoto
- Select your photo in iPhoto by clicking on it
- Select ‘Export’ from the drop down menu: iPhoto > File > Export
- Select Maximum Quality
- Select ‘Custom’ from the iPhoto ‘Size’ option (not the large, medium or small)
- Set the dimensions in pixels you need in the Height, Width, or Dimensions text box
- Click Export, and on the next screen select somewhere on your computer outside iPhoto where you want to export it to. For example, to Documents or Desktop.
- it’s now saved as a .jpg file format where you chose to save it, and can be found in Finder.
- Sometimes, the actual dimensions that turn up in your saved jpg file, are still not exactly right for wherever you want to use this photo.
- Keep calm….you can still fine tune it.
How to Shrink Photos using Mac’s Preview App
- Open this jpg copy using Apps>Preview – just clicking on it should automatically open it in Preview
- Go to Preview > ‘Tools’ in the top line menu
- Select ‘Adjust Size’ from drop down menu
- Choose the pixel size/dimensions you want – some avatar uploads limit size to 100×100 pixels max
- Go to File > Save
- If you haven’t opened this jpg photo for a while, you might now be shown an option box which tells you that this jpg file is ‘locked’ with an option to Unlock it.
- Click Unlock.
- Choose ‘Duplicate copy’ from the options because that gives you the option of increasing the quality of your resized photo at the next step, and gives you a spare copy if you stuff up.
- Then adjust quality slider to Max – resolution tends to deteriorate with cropping and/or shrinking so when cropping, resizing, or shrinking photos, use the highest quality possible
- Save – all done. Congratulations!
Alright! Time for a treat!
Hint: rewarding yourself for your achievements, saves you waiting around for others to do it for you. That always works for me.
- Have you been researching how to Start a Blog yet?
- Have you chosen a Domain Name yet?
- Have you chosen a Domain Name Registrar yet?
- Have you bought a Domain Name yet?
- Have you chosen a Hosting company yet?
- Are you Living the Dream yet?
- Optimize Images for Increased SPEED
Carpe Deum, friends! Carpe Deum……
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